The first of those songs is "Les Sans Papier" from the musical Notre Dame de Paris.
Let me s'plain: In my current story, there are three dominant people groups living in the same land. One of those people groups, the Chhayans, are the displaced original inhabitants. They have a long-standing, bitter hatred of their supplanters--the Kitar--who stole not only their land, but also their religion.
So, while this song is not the same story by any means, whenever I listen to it, I hear some of the bitterness of the Chhayan people, crying out at the injustice they feel both from their conquerors and from their goddess.
If you are unfamiliar with this particular French-language musical, I do highly recommend it. I was more than a little obsessed with it (and the novel on which it is based) when I was 20. And I still really love it!
In fact, I love it so much, I'll share one more video from it. This is "Lune," and it's sung by Gringoire, the poet. Any surprise that it makes me think of a certain character in my stories? :)
Seriously, doesn't that make you think of Eanrin? Especially if you read the translation (though the original French is much better!). Eanrin would, I think, sing of his heartbreak to the Moon. And his voice probably sounds very much like Bruno Pelletier. (Though I'm open to other alternatives if you think another's voice is better match!)
So I could keep posting Notre Dame de Paris videos all evening if I'm not careful. Thus I will move on.
This next song is one that I don't listen to very often. I really can't. It moves me to tears every time. And I'm not a mother! I don't know if I'll be able to listen to this should I ever have children. So you are fairly warned.
Obviously, this song is based on events in the Biblical King David's life, and it does not have a direct correlation to my books. But my current manuscript deals with Hymlumé and her children. I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven 't read Moonblood, but Hymlumé's story has it's share of tragedy. And if she were to sing of her heartache, I think it would sound very much like this song. Especially if joined in her song by those of her children who remain to her.
Oh, dear. I'm listening to it as I type, and now I'm crying. I don't usually cry for music! I might have to switch to something else . . . . A number of Eric Whitacre's wonderful pieces makes me think of Hymlumé and her children. The sound of a thousand voices joined together. Sigh. But again, I'll leave this for now and move on.
Okay, this next one is rather random . . . particularly considering that I'm not that wild about Disney's Pocahontas. It's my husband's favorite Disney movie (he loves the music and the sad ending), but the story just isn't my favorite.
However, my husband got me to listen to the soundtrack. And then I started really, really liking the soundtrack. And then I was writing Goddess Tithe . . . and this final instrumental piece filled my head while I wrote the last chapter of that story.
Let it be here noted that the story of Goddess Tithe is nothing like that of Pocahontas. But the musical mood created is, I think, just about perfect for that last chapter. (You'll have to tell me if you think I'm right after you've read the book for yourself).
Okay, one more. Let's end on a completely different mood!
Okay, was that a bit eclectic? I'm afraid that's a fairly good summary of my musical tastes right there. Not much rhyme or reason to it!
What are some songs you are currently stuck on? Do share!