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Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: Songs as Writing Inspiration

musicianw-349790_1280Have you ever listened to a song and thought it had the makings of a great story? I love songs that tell stories, and many of them can be adapted for my favorite genre, crime fiction. Below are some songs that have stirred my imagination:

“The Long Black Veil” by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin. I first heard it sung by Mick Jagger on the Chieftains albumĀ The Long Black Veil.

“The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia” by Bobby Russell, sung by Vicki Lawrence.

“Lyin’ Eyes” by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, sung by the Eagles.

I’ve also thought about how to write the story of “Good King Wenceslas” as modern speculative fiction.

What other songs as writing inspiration do you recommend?

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song?

snowmanw-2978416_1280My theme this month is music, not just Christmas music, but I thought I might as well tie it in with the holiday.

I’ve always like songs in minor keys, so some of my favorite Christmas songs are “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “What Child is This?”, and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” I also like songs that are so bright and exuberant that your mood can’t help but rise with the tune. “Good King Wenceslas”, “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing”, “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In”, and of course, “Joy to the World” fit this category.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

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