Esprit de la Rose
Come A Little Closer by Cage the Elephants
I'm not actually a huge fan of this band, but they had a free concert a little while back and my bestie and I went to go see it because why not? This was one of the few songs that actually grabbed my attention.
It fits Pepin PERFECTLY. The meaning is ambiguous, you can twist the words to mean almost anything you want them to mean. Everything is so utterly perfect. That's all I can really say. ;)
Beautiful Cruel World by Yoko Hikasa, English cover by Adriana Figuro (adrisaurus)
I'm a sucker for Japanese songs. They tend to have much more depth and ambiguity than mainstream American music. This one fits both Cecilia and the entire theme of Esprit de la Rose fairly well. Plus, it's just beautiful. I listened to it a lot while writing.
Hoist the Colours from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Pirates of the Caribbean films are some of my favorite movies of all time. I put some references to the Pirates films in Esprit. How could I not listen to this song while writing, even if it doesn't have anything to do with the actual story? It's so mysterious and... pirate-y. I love it.
Look At Me by TheOneOffAccount
(SPOILERS for Harry Potter in the song and in the below paragraph)
I mentioned the beach trip where I started writing Esprit in my last post. I read through the entire Harry Potter series for the first time during that same beach trip. Though I did not do it on purpose, I can definitely see how Harry Potter affected Esprit de la Rose, particularly the Severus Snape plot of Harry Potter. Though the song is romantic, the anguish and intensity reminds me starkly of one of the Esprit characters.
I'm just now starting to write Hail Frost again! Yay! Here are some of the songs I've been listening to.
Crossing Fields by LiSa, English cover by Amanda Lee (LeeandLie)
Yeah, yeah, so I'm into anime now. As my brother said when he found out, "And I thought you couldn't get any nerdier." I take it as a compliment. Anyway, this song doesn't really fit Hail Frost- too romantic- but I find myself listening to it anyway. Maybe it's because Kirito, the protagonist of Sword Art Online, is very much like Hail. Maybe it's because a couple of lines resonate with Hail Frost, like "I was never right for a hero type of role" and "I will become your sword and shield this crossing field's the path that we select".
Mordred's Lullaby by Heather Dale
This song is so eerily beautiful. It makes me think of ancient times, myths, storms, and secrets. It definitely fits one of the Hail Frost arcs, which is no doubt why I've been listening to it so much.
May It Be by Enya
It's so peaceful, soothing, and nostalgic- something Hail Frost decidedly is not. I think Hail would like to be though. Poor guy never gets a break. Maybe that's why I keep listening to it- it helps me think of Hail as a person, of his hopes, his dreams, and his fears, rather than the mask of depth he uses to push people away.
Once Upon a Dream by Lana Del Rey
Hail would probably be a bit miffed if he knew I was listening to a fairy tale song to gather inspiration for his story, but it's true. There's a lot of mystery and magic surrounding Holdinus, something that goes much deeper than even the Leverage legacy. The song sounds both threatening and enticing, as if daring someone to come a little closer. It's almost like Holdinus singing to the Leverage. But I'll leave that for Hail Frost to explain. ;)
Hope you all have a fantastic week! I'll try to post again soon, but alas, I can make no promises. :(
What are songs that have inspired your recent writing? Love to hear 'em! I'm completely rubbish at finding new music, so I'd love any recommendations!