Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question.This Week’s Topic: What music has been your summer soundtrack?
Yay for music questions! *muppet arms*
Music is a huge part of my life. My aunt is a classically trained opera singer, one grandmother sang in her church choir for years, the other played piano and sang backup in Memphis juke joints, my great-grandmother hosted jazz players in her home after late-night jam sessions at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, and my brothers and several cousins are musicians, songwriters, and producers. I sang in choirs and took piano lessons even though I really, really wanted to play drums instead.
The music that constantly played in our house while I was growing up was awesomely eclectic: jazz, blues, rock, new wave, pop, heavy metal, country, funk, r & b. On car trips, we’d play a game where someone said a random word or phrase and we had to sing a song that was related to it. Yes, that’s how music-nerdy we are.
So it’s no surprise that for me, music and writing are intertwined. Sometimes it feels like I’m composing rather than writing because I create playlists for practically everything: mood, character, theme, environment, and mental ass-kicking. This summer, which has been particularly wordy, has been filled with tunes:
I’LL GET OVER YOU
HEAD-NODDING HIP-HOP POETICS
GUT-WRENCHING VOICES FOR THE GODS
INTERPRETATIONS OF MASTER SONGWRITERS