I’m always curious about the influences behind creative works. If you are an artist, writer, musician, film director, or other kind of creative – what would you say have been the most influential songs, albums and/or artists on your latest work, or your work in general? This post was originally going to be about ALL forms of media that impacted Kindred, but given its importance to my creativity and the many examples that have inspired the series, I decided to make music its own post. Stay tuned for more posts about other forms of media that inspired the series!
I love listening to music when I write and creating playlists for my stories in progress. For me, it’s the perfect way to capture the essence of the story’s tone and get myself into the writing mindset when I sit down to work. I will sometimes make playlists for individual characters to listen to while I’m pondering the story’s direction. There are some songs that I can no longer listen to without thinking of the story I wrote while listening to it, which has made those songs even more valuable to me.
For Kindred, I ended up making playlists both for the story as a whole and for individual characters/plot arcs. A few examples are below. I hope these songs provide a taste of the stories to come!
The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance
I played this song on loop when I wrote the ending of Resurrection as Dina comes to accept the news she receives and decides what to do next.
Reptilia by The Strokes
This song was representative of Dina meeting Shay in Reunion and her fear and wonder of discovering that the magic world is much more colossal than she knew.
The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
Represents part of Shay’s backstory where she finds herself entangled in a relationship that ends with lasting and unforeseen detrimental effects.
Viva la Vida by Coldplay
This song is always representative to me of the trials and tribulations of al-Alizab and al-Jafru, two rival groups whose conflicts in the past leave lasting effects on the magic world in the story’s current time.
Room of Angel from Silent Hill 4
The Silent Hill series has been a huge influence on my creativity and I will often listen to soundtracks from the series while editing. This haunting track from the fourth game in the series (one of the scariest games I’ve ever played) provides the emotional texture of Alejandra’s backstory.
The Universal by Blur
Since this is associated with a part of the story that’s much later in the series, I don’t want to give too many spoilers. I can say that this song was the soundtrack to a particular place in the Kindred universe – an isolating locale striving for excellence under control of a coven who may not have the inhabitants’ best interests in mind.
Aaaand there’s a lot more. As the story grew, so did the soundtrack that evokes the emotions that I wanted to portray! Hopefully these soundtracks provide you with a preview of the series – if not the events themselves, then the emotions and tone of different parts of the story.
Do you create playlists for the works you create, or have songs or playlists that inspire your creativity in general?