work stuff

I'm working at Borders (hi, Linda! hi, Helder! hi, Guy whose name I've forgotten--whoops) and I'm listening to Pandora as I write. The music was movie themed stuff and I notice that when I work to all that orchestrated splendor, my writing is always more fascinating and heroic....or so it feels as I thump out the words. Wait, it's not the writing that gets all glitterific. The characters transform into more than people.

That uplifting effect is obvious in the movies themselves. What an unfair advantage, having audio to pump up your audience's response. Pfah.

Anyway, I moved over to jazz and my characters were suddenly laid back and uninterested in the conversation. Too cool for school. Back to something neutral, maybe New Age. I don't want superheroes and I don't want schlubs. (I'll take Plain Old Interesting People for a thousand, Alex.)


  1. Sometimes the music thing in movies works very well. I used music in certain key character moments when I made movies, and people reacted much more and liked it with music. And I love watching dramatic character reveals and story twists with interesting music woven in, to add more layers.

    But sometimes the music in movie thing doesn't always work. I've had moments watching movies in theaters, where I really didn't care about the characters and thought the whole scene was bad, and then the camera does all this dramatic slow-mo stuff and there's swelling dramatic music etc, and I'm feeling even more distanced because it's being shoved on me. I might end up getting teary, but it's not actual cathartic tears that I'd want to have, it's just a forced reaction. And then I feel even more annoyed with the movie, and I start wondering when it's going to finish so I can leave.

    So anyway, yeah movies have music to help 'em. But if they don't have it down in the first place, the music might not work, or it might even backfire.


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