Songs, writing and how the two mix

Music_note_AI was listening to the radio the other day in the car, and the song Magic Man by Heart came on. Whenever I hear that song, I think of one of the characters in Life First: Dr. Stephen Grant. Now, the song by no means inspired the character. But, having written the character, every time I hear the song, I think, “Dr. Grant is a magic man.”  While the lyrics don’t match at all with what’s going on with the Dr. Grant character my novel, the song’s music and feel capture his essence: a guy who is charming and dazzling but up to no good.

This song got me thinking about the wonderful art of music, and especially writing song lyrics. So, I’ve decided to dedicate the next few posts to music.  First up, I’ll talk about some of I my favorite songs that are inspiring. Songs whose lyrics make you feel better and make you want to get out and do something.

And after that, I’ll talk about my favorite story songs. The art of telling a story through song is often lost in today’s music, but there are a few songs that are great stories, and I’m going to tell you about them.

Now, the one bad thing about this is that songs are copyrighted, so I won’t be able to reproduce the whole songs in text for you :(. I will, however, embed a Youtube lyric link with each song I discuss.

So, in the meantime, what song makes you think of a particular character from a novel?

Here is Heart’s Magic Man (with lyrics):

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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