Please welcome fellow Drollerie Press author, Angela Korra’ti, for this month’s blog tour on Music:
If there’s anything aside from specific authors that can be said to have influenced my development as a writer, it’s music.
Music’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father played the saxophone, and my older brother is a professional drummer who’s played for a variety of bands. I played flute for six years in school, and in my adulthood, inspired by my beloved Great Big Sea, I took up playing the guitar, the mandolin, and the bouzouki and got ridiculous amounts of delight out of suddenly being able to play chords and sing at the same time. There’s a lot of delight for me too in just having people over to my house every so often to hang out and play music, since as far as I’m concerned, not enough people do that in their lives.
When I got into online role-play, just about every single character I created and played was a musician of one degree or another. I’ve played flute players, a piper, lyre players, Crystal Singers, a lead singer of a band, and any number of characters who took joy in just singing their hearts out sometimes. And when I wasn’t playing characters of my own, I was always a sucker for books that featured music prominently, whether or not the music was used as magic. Think Terry Brooks’ The Wishsong of Shannara. Think the Harpers in the Pern novels, or the Bards in Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar novels, not to mention magically gifted musicians in other novels of hers. Think the Cantors and Cantrixes in Louise Marley’s Nevya novels.
But when it comes to novels with music in them that make my little heart sing, I have to go outside SF/F to Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin novels. The core friendship of Aubrey and Maturin that carries that entire series is based on a mutual love of music, and to this day I still adore the scene in Master and Commander when Jack and Stephen break out their instruments for the first time and go at it.
Which is, I am unashamed to say, entirely why I have a scene in Faerie Blood where my heroine and hero do nothing but hang out a while together and play music. It’s not magical music. It’s not even particularly important to the plot. It is however deeply important to both of these characters. They play music for no other reason than the simple joy of playing music.
Other works of mine have wound up the same way. In fact, if I ever sell enough of my work to earn my own drinking game, “take a shot for every character who’s a musician” will be worth a shot. And Faerie Blood? It’ll earn you four.
Tell me about your favorite novels with music in them, folks! And meanwhile, go visit Elisa Diehl’s blog, where she’s hosting me talking about Faerie Blood‘s playlist. Or, visit me any time at angelakorrati.com!