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Playlists: What Music Genres Put You in the Mood for What Book Genres?
Authors talk about their playlists as in what music they listen to when they’re writing. Others talk about what music they listen to while reading. I can’t listen to music while I read. The lyrics distract me and I starting singing with the music instead of reading.
But lately, I’ve been listening to music and thinking, this song, artist or genre of music puts me in the mood to read a certain book genre. More specifically Country music. I’m not a big fan of Country music or I haven’t been since high school (graduated in 1996). I work part-time at a clinic and they use Pandora as their music system and they shuffle between the 50s & 60s “rock” and 80s & 90s Country because it’s “safe” music for patients and most of our patients are over 70 (lol).
Listening to the “rock” makes me play guessing games as to what movie soundtrack I’ve heard the songs. Like Dirty Dancing, Beetle Juice and others. But the Country music is different. Most of them tell a story. About lost love, cheating and the one that got away. (Yes there’s songs about sexy trackers but those don’t count LOL)
Many of the ones I love are like listening to the plot of a Contemporary Romance story and this puts me in the mood for reading that genre. Some of the really good songs make me wish I was a writer so that I could try my hand at writing a novel based on a George Straight or Conway Twitty song.
Ok after you stopping laughing at the hair and clothes. Take the lyrics in consideration. It’s a great story about a one night stand with a cowboy and a rich girl. (yes, yes a cheating rich girl but I still like it!)
I won’t put you through another video but look at the lyrics to George Strait’s “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye”.
“Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye”What a rotten day this turned out to be.
I still can’t believe she’d leave so easily.
She just got all her things, threw ’em into a pile,
Then she loaded her car and said after a while,
She’d done this before, but this time she didn’t cry.[Chorus:]
That’s why I’m sittin’ on the front steps,
Staring down the road, wond’rin’ if she’ll come back –
This time I don’t know.
After she packed, when she looked back
There were no tears in her eyes,
And that’s got me worried thinking
Maybe my baby’s gotten good at goodbye.All the times before she’d break down and cry.
She’d make her threats, but her heart wasn’t set on goodbye.
She just wanted me to hear what she had to say.
Now I’m lost for words, since she went away.
She may not return for this time she didn’t cry.[Chorus 2x]
Dude is heartbroken over his gal leaving him for the last time. How many heroes in romances have been burned by a woman leaving them? We watch them war over finding love with a new woman through the plot.
So what music genres get you in the mood to read? What genres do you pair together?
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).