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FOLLOW THE HEART: The “Soundtrack”

Friday, April 26, 2013

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Because I cast my characters and scout my locations pretending like I’m making a movie, of course I have to have a soundtrack for each of my stories as well. It started with Stand-In Groom, in which music plays a major role in the story (click the title to see the playlist).

In Follow the Heart, not only did I need music to listen to while writing that would put me in the right frame of mind for the tone/characters/story, I needed to make sure that any music I mention by name in the book was actually out by early 1851. I also learned a lot about the popular dances at society balls in England in the mid-Victorian era.

While the “soundtrack” for FTH isn’t as well-defined as the one I did for SIG, here’s a sampling of the music that inspired me as I wrote.

Follow the Heart Main Theme

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Christopher Dearing’s Themesong

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Kate Dearing’s Themesong

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Nora Woodriff’s Themesong

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Andrew Lawton’s Themesong

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LET THERE BE MUSIC AND DANCING!

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Music for Writing Inspiration
In addition to those specific songs, there were many more hours of music I listened to, including (click link to listen on YouTube):

Pride & Prejudice 2005
Pride and Prejudice 1995
Cranford/Return to Cranford
North & South (Gaskell)
Sense & Sensibility 1995
Sense & Sensibility 2008
Emma 2009
The Young Victoria
And lots and lots of ThePianoGuys.

11 Comments
  1. Emma permalink
    Friday, April 26, 2013 11:18 am

    Ooooh, what fun! Especially learning bout the dances! I have some FB friends who still attend dances where they dress up and do traditional dances from times gone by. It always looks like such fun! These posts are really making me excited to read Follow the Heart!

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  2. Debra M permalink
    Friday, April 26, 2013 1:26 pm

    I’ve been searching for North and South as a soundtrack on CD. I also like Becoming Jane, and Jane Eyre, but I can’t write at all if there’s lyrics, so I admire how you were able to do it with contemporary novels/songs.

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  3. Friday, April 26, 2013 1:37 pm

    I always love music that gets me in the mood for whatever I’m writing. The North and South soundtrack is a favorite šŸ™‚

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  4. Amber permalink
    Friday, April 26, 2013 5:34 pm

    This is so neat! I’ve never considered that authors listen to certain music when writing novels. I love that you’re sharing this with us. Thanks!

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  5. Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:28 am

    I love that you’ve included links to the music you’re using! Agreed – the Piano Guys are phenomenal!

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  6. Kristi A. permalink
    Sunday, April 28, 2013 8:19 pm

    I’m so excited to read “follow the heart.” It was fun to gain a bit of insight as to how you get into the mood to write.

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