Thursday, April 22, 2010
Soundtrack To Your Life!
Brigid talks about those songs which make up the soundtrack of your life
Just like in a film your life has a soundtrack, those songs that when you hear them you are instantly transported to what you were doing, what you were thinking and more importantly what you were feeling at that time.
We all have those songs that give you goosebumps or even songs that turn your stomach! I can't hear 'Teardrops on the Dance Floor' without being instantly transported to my lonely bedroom in sixth form, the plastic smell of a new kettle, the taste of instant coffee with whitener and the constant feeling of being on the edge of tears. Or when hearing the theme to 'War of the Worlds' I still want to hide in my room with a pillow over my head... so scared.
Of course there is also the good songs. The song that was playing when I had my first kiss, ironically it was Robin Beck's 'First Time'. Cliche? Oh yes! That song that is 'your song' that will make both of you smile when you hear it and exchange a secret glance or if you are apart to want to call or send a message.
And then there are the break up songs! Those songs that you played over and over wringing as much meaning out of the lyrics as possible. Alanis Morrissette anyone?
When I'm writing and I need to send myself back to remember what it is like to feel a certain way I find myself going back to revisit those key songs and as my mind makes those connections I am reliving it again. I take those thoughts and feelings and layer them into my writing.
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Brigid Coady is currently working on a YA novel. Her short story 'The Great Leap Forward' is being published in the anthologyEven More Tonto Short Stories on 6 May 2010.