I generally listen to the radio as I commute to and from work each day. Although at this time of year Christmas songs predominate, I’ve been focusing my listening on songs of the non-Christmas variety. Why? Because I’ve been trying to find a song.
Several months ago, I heard a song on the radio when I was out and about. Later, when I tried to remember it, I drew a complete blank on the name and the artist. All I could remember was that the song was romantic and the singer was a guy. Not a lot to go on, even for my family who excels at being able to zero in on the answers to my often vaguely worded queries. With nothing to go on, I eventually gave up trying to find the song.
A few days ago, when I was driving home from work, a song came on the radio. About half-way though, my brain kicked in and I recognized it as the very one I had been trying to remember. In a great stroke of luck, the DJ announced the artist and title at the end of the song and for the next 8 ½ miles I mentally repeated it over and over so I wouldn’t forget before I got home and was able to pull the song up in Youtube.
It turns out the song is “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’ve been listening to it over and over for days. Not only is it a beautiful song (with a wonderful video), but it’s perfect mood music for the revision work I’m doing on my manuscript. As Justine mentioned in her post last week, submissions have opened for the RWA Golden Heart competition. In its current state, my story doesn’t meet the requirements because it is a “spy story with a romance sub-plot” rather than a “romance story with a spy sub-plot.” I’ve been taking a second look to see if there is a way to balance out the two plots without breaking the story, which means I’m looking at ways to strengthen the romance components.
We’ve talked before (here) about how a playlist can be a great way to get your head into a story world. I figured a romantic music playlist would just the thing to get me into the right frame of mind for my revisions, so I did a quick search through my iPod and pulled out the following songs:
- “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
- “All of Me” by John Legend
- “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias
- “Bless the Broken Road” or “Long Slow Beautiful Dance” by Rascal Flatts
- “Fallin’ For You” by Colbie Caillat
- “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
- “At Last” by Etta James
- “When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole
- “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
- “Annie’s Song” by John Denver
This is a good start, but I could use a longer playlist. So, what songs would you add?