Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rock Wednesday

"Tears Don't Fall" by Bullet For My Valentine

I'm a writer who typically writes in silence. From 7:30 am when I open my email to 3 pm when the guys get home, there's no radio, no TV.

But in the car, I have Sirius radio (which my most favorite brother in the whole world gets me for Christmas each year). Commercial free and more than a hundred stations, Sirius is my lifeline as I shuttle my sons to various places. It's a common ground we share, one I never thought I'd enjoy but that shapes my writing in a way I never expected.

My favoriter stations are Octane (metal), Alt Nation (alternative) and Faction (hard rock and some rap). Until Sirius, my life was a wasteland of Top 40. Now my iPod is filled with Bullet For My Valentine, My Chemical Romance, Shinedown, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Kings of Leon.

And my writing benefits. There's a real energy to metal and alternative music that I just don't find in other music. I write dark, sexy paranormals and these artists and their songs have become the background music for my scenes.

So I thought I'd pass along my favorites. Let me know what you think of this week's selection, "Tears Don't Fall." Check out the video, here Bullet For My Valentine

Sure, it's not for everyone but this group has a raw edge and driving energy that makes them my favorite group at the moment.

8 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Oh, girlfriend... you have GOT to meet Trevor, Mitchell, and the rock that is my fictional ShapeShifter! And check out Lithium on Sirius, too -- more Pearl Jam, Nirvana (go figure. Wasn't Lithium a Nirvana song?) and sort of a middle ground between Alt Nation and Octane (which is currently on).

Sheesh. Music? My passion? Nah...

Also, I left this on the Good Reads page, but did you know there's a meme now called Musical Monday?

Adele Dubois said...

I believe that having teenagers at home and being surrounded by young people keeps our awareness of the world fresh and youthful, too. That definitely impacts our writing.

Good post, Steph!

Best--Adele Dubois

Stephanie Julian said...

Susan, your story sounds great. And I'll give Lithium a try. Haven't really come across that one too much. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian said...

Thanks Adele.
I think our kids make us old first but over the years we regress as they mature and we meet somewhere in the middle.

Judi Fennell said...

and we'll listen to it all the way to Orlando! Commercial-free! yay!

Jessie said...

I find myself more emotional after listening to music, which really helps my writing. I listen to a lot of dysfunctional underground kind of stuff.

Nice blog, just stopping by to say hello.

Stephanie Julian said...

And you'll love it Judi, I'll even let you pick the stations. For a little while.

Stephanie Julian said...

Me too Jessie. Certain songs evoke a certain mood. Thanks for stopping by.