Do you like when author’s list their musical muses? Do you listen to author’s playlists?
I first realized that authors sometimes had playlists for the books they had written when I visited Stephenie Meyer’s website a number of years back. She included an entire playlist of the songs she had listened to while writing. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. I listened to the songs, I read the rest of the books. I watched the movie again and again. The playlists gave me just one more thing to obsessed over and I really appreciated the author doing this. I love music. Music inspires like nothing else can. Sometimes just the right song can set the mood for a book. I often visit an author’s playlist if I have not read the book. If the playlist is really good, I assume that the book at least stands a decent chance of being good as well. That being said, I find that I often listen to music during or especially just before a sit down to some writing. Sometimes when I am writing I just feel what is going to happen next. I can’t exactly say it with words. The music helps me with this. It helps me to experience what it is that I feel is happening in a passage and then because I am feeling the emotions first hand, I know what I need to write.
A few months ago, I was browsing sound cloud and stumbled upon a song which you can give a listen to here and I really liked it. I liked the lyrics, I liked the voice, I especially liked the acoustic guitar. I could really connect to the song. So I favorited the song on sound cloud and added it to my live stream, and then I decided to send a little message to the song’s writer/singer. I wanted to tell him how much I liked his music and guess what? He wrote back! We then began emailing back and forth and one day he offered to write a song for me for practice. It could be able anything I wanted. Just give him a line or some ideas and he would write a song. I gave him an idea I had had in my head for a while about a guy who really wants to be with this chick, but she is with someone else so he can’t. To make matters worse, the guy this girl is dating is a decent guy and has a lot going for him. So our hero cant even nobly fight for her interest and steal her away. We’ve all been there at one time or another. Where all we can do is watch and wait for it to fall apart so we can pick up the pieces of another’s broken heart. The was the exact line I gave him. This is what he came up with:
So who is Isaac Turner? You can check him out at his website here. He is a singer/song writer from Albany, Oregon. He is currently playing shows in and around the Portland area. In fact, Julie and I visiting Portland Oregon for the release party of Colleen Hoover’s new novel, Maybe Someday. Griffin Peterson will also be there in concert performing the songs he wrote for the book. Supposedly, if you buy the kindle version of this book the text will include clickable links to the songs that correspond to the passage you are reading. Pretty amazing if you ask me. So while we are in Portland, we will get the opportunity to hear Isaac perform live. I am super excited to me this talented musician and “stoked” (as some would say) to get to hear him play/sing. Isaac Turner has released his first EP and is currently working on a full length album. He has been fun to get to know and chat with online. When Julie and I were choosing topics for our Chat Between Chapters posts and author’s playlists came up, I immediately thought of Isaac. He is was gracious enough to let Chapter Break interview him about what he thought of author’s playlists and music inspiring writing. We even asked him what he thought of book boyfriends:
To help Isaac Turner celebrate the release of his first EP, Chapter Break is hosting a giveaway! Enter to win a free copy of Isaac Turner’s new EP, featuring 5 original song titles written, performed and recorded by Isaac Turner. And because Isaac is such a cool guy, he is also offering up a free ITEP t-shirt to the winner. (Sorry, no international for shipping reasons.) Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. and OH! Don’t forget to check out the video of Isaac Turner performing for the first time ever, the song he wrote for one of my book ideas, Pieces.