Michelle Styles looks at the appeal of power songs.
Recently on The Writing Playground, Marilyn did a blog about decluttering. The last point was to find a power song, a song that makes you feel good about yourself and it is important to find those songs. The songs allow you to take charge and give you confidence.
Reading that struck a chord.
I would say that not only do I have a power song but my heroines have power songs. My heroes tend to have different songs, but my heroines often are pushed to their limits and are forced to take charge of their lives. This may say something about me and the sort of heroines that I write but the songs need to be powerful anthems. And until I have figured out the song, I have not really figured out my heroine. In fact when I was having so many problems with Thyre, my heroine from The Viking's Captive Princess, I stopped having problems once I figured out what her power song was.
Anyway, here is a list of songs I have used in the past:
Defying Gravity from Wicked (There is going to be a movie of Wicked next year -- the original cast are rumoured to be reprising their roles) It is one of my favourites.
Nobody's Side from Chess -- this is the song that is currently going through my brain and it works. Personally I blame Donna Alward for reacquainting me with Chess.
Do you hear the People Sing from Les Miserables (Personally I tend to have this going through my head when I am talking to journalists about series romance which might explain a few things!) There was also a video from Helm's Deep with this song as the background and I could understand it as the song really ran my head when I was writing my Vikings.
Does anyone else have a good power song?
Michelle Styles's latest The Viking's Captive Princess is released in the North America at the end of November.