I love the connection between stories and music. I read stories to get inspiration for songs, and I listen to songs so I can write stories. This pattern isn't extremely unique (Alan Moore's Watchmen came out of a line from Bob Dylan's song Desolation Row and David Bowie's Diamond Dogs album came from George Orwell's 1984 etc.), but it is a large part of my creative process.
To practice and refine this process, I've started putting together playlists inspired by some of my favorite short stories. Tonight I started with an easy one: Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties is the story of a nervous young man named Enn who begrudgingly follows his friend to a party and tries to talk with girls. Strange, possibly otherworldy, girls.
This story wasn't too hard to put to music because it already has an established musical pulse, the british punk rock revolution of the late 1970s. I made sure to include all of the musical influences that the story references directly. And I worked to craft a complementary story with my song selection and placement.
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