I don’t do it on purpose. I promise. Somehow I just end up playing and re-playing the Les Miserables 10th and 25th anniversary soundtracks while I write.
Or while I read.
Or while I try to do homework (emphasis on “try”).
Oh, and I have the trailers for the upcoming movie pretty much memorized.
I can’t decide whether I love Michael Ball’s maturity or Nick Jonas’ youth in their performance’s of the character Marius. I can’t decide which edition is my favorite, or if it’s the movie coming out. I can’t make up my mind, so I just sit and listen, and soak up the unspeakable beauty and unspeakable sorrow pouring from the music.
All I know is that I’m still unable to distinguish between a story or a poem or a song, and Les Miserables in all of its forms combines those three elements.
The book itself I read when I was about eleven years old, and I fell in love. Even then I loved it for its beauty, for the striking story of hope, sacrifice, redemption. I loved it for its raw pain and emotion, I loved it for its unrelenting yet sympathetic portrayals of the characters.
I go back and re-read, and listen, and watch, and then start frantically writing and longing to be able to do what he did. I want to write a book that is so closely intertwined with music it must become a musical. I want to be able to reflect so deeply on the human condition that the only way to fully express my ideas is through music. To me, that would be the ultimate dream come true.
So my questions for you today… what writers inspire you? Who do you strive to emulate? What is the soundtrack for your writing?