Time for another character playlist. As before, I’ll post the list with a few video samples and give you the link for the Spotify playlist if you’re on Lily’s wavelength. Music pun. And a bad one at that. Sometimes I can’t help myself.
Since Lily tends to dwell in the past, it’s only fitting her music preferences would be from another time.
What’s all this about anyway? Start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise
Here’s Tyler’s: Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #1: Tyler
“The Classic Rocker”
1) “Let It Be” The Beatles
2) “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd
If you missed my suggestion about creating playlists, start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise. I’ll just wait for you…
Now that you’re up to speed, let’s continue.
So, I’ve chosen Tyler to start with, because he’s definitely the easiest. Two words: Bob Dylan. And some Pink Floyd too, but Bob Dylan.
I wanted to also expand my explanation for the reason behind this exercise. Not only does creating a playlist help to round out your character, but it also serves as inspiration for writing any scene that character is in. Listening to what your character would be listening to is highly recommended either before or during your writing time. Or both! Since I have a hard time writing with music on (other than instrumentals), I would actually mostly listen after, in the editing process. While I would read the scenes back, I’d have whatever music on, and it just helps to get in the right space. I don’t know how else to explain it, but you should definitely give it a try.
The following video disappeared from YouTube for a while. But it’s back now, and that’s all that matters. Unlike usual, I’m going to front-load this post with the good stuff, and then I’ll ramble.
I’m talking, of course, about songs. What did you think I meant?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted some music, so I thought I’d share my favorite songs that are a bit long-winded. I went with songs over five minutes, which really isn’t even that long. This is by no means an all inclusive list since I’m not about to do research for this.
Many of these, if not all, have that quality I have decided to call, “You-Think-It’s Over-But-It’s-Not Syndrome.” Very creative, don’t you think? What I also love is how some of these songs have sections, like you could split them into parts and almost make different songs out of one. Awesome.
From shortest to longest, here we go:
“Yellow Ledbetter” Pearl Jam
This one barely makes the cut time-wise, but I love it too much to care. I didn’t get into Pearl Jam until my local radio station started playing them, like constantly. I have no idea what he’s saying, and I don’t think the lyrics in the video are accurate, but again, I love it too much to care.
I’m back for another installment of songs I’m obsessed with.
Have I mentioned how much I love music? No? Well, I do. Like a lot. I’m one of those clichés, you know those people who say, “Oh, music saved my life” or “I wouldn’t be here without ‘random band name here’.” Yeah, that’s me.
Music helped me get through a very trying time not too long ago. I’m talking about cranking music so loud I wouldn’t be able to hear my smoke alarm. Someone could’ve robbed me while I was one room away. I’m talking loud, people. Hours of loud, screw everyone and everything, music. It’s how I survived for about six months. But this isn’t about that nor do I want to talk about that.
A few posts ago, I mentioned there are some songs I have to listen to more than once in a row. What I mean is, I can’t listen to them only once. It’s impossible. Yes, I know how weird that sounds.
I wanted to share those songs with you.
Hey. Tyler here. So I was asked to write a blog. Not sure what a blog is, but I’ll do my best. Thought I’d talk about my music idol, the man, Bob Dylan. The greatest songwriter of all time. No debate necessary. Dylan helped me through some trying times. His lyrics are pure poetry, man. Totally deserved that noble prize. Best way to get into Dylan for those who aren’t is to start with his more commercial songs. It seems my favorite Dylan song has already been posted, so enjoy this one instead:
Don’t know if I linked all that right. Not much into this sort of technology, online journals, or whatever this thing is. I’m on my phone a lot, but I swear I’m not on Facebook or Twitter. Not taking pictures of my lunch for some pathetic reason. And dear god, I’m not about to talk politics with strangers on a screen, you know?
Back to Dylan. I like being me. Comfortable in my own skin and all that. But if I could be another person, I’d pick Dylan. Life doesn’t get any better than sitting on the train tracks with Dylan singing in your ears. Think I’ll go do that when I’m done with this. Been a few days since I’ve been out there…
Speaking of that, find that thing, whatever it is. That thing that makes you feel alive. Makes you want to get out of bed. Find that thing and do it. Don’t let go. Screw anyone who tries to stop you. Best advice I can give you.