Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

My Life is a Musical
by Karla Brandenburg

When I tell someone about the “Song Affliction” illness in my family, I’m amazed at how many other people suffer from this same sickness. You know, that feeling when someone says something and the first thing that comes to mind is a song snippet and you break out into song? One of my girlfriends and I use song titles as subject lines in our emails.

Recently, my family discovered a board game that capitalizes on people with this malady, and it was surprising how, when requested to come up with a song on demand, it becomes much harder!

This affliction comes in handy during the writing process. Many authors talk about playlists that go with their books, songs that put them in a particular character’s mindset. I don’t necessarily have a playlist, but often a song will resonate with me while I’m writing. When that happens, I put it on the book’s Pinterest board so I can refer back to it if I get stuck with a character. For me, it’s more a theme song than a playlist. Some of the songs that played in my head while I was writing? “Even in the Quietest Moments” (Supertramp) for Mist on the Meadow. “Touched by the Sun” (Carly Simon) – used this one as a title. “Good to be Alive” (Andy Grammer) for Cookie Therapy.

For a lot of us, music is a soundtrack to our lives. A song can trigger memories, both happy and sad. Do you associate a song with your first kiss? Maybe a song cheered you out of a bad mood. Or a song might remind you of a loved one who is no longer with us. When I’m overstressed, I pull up Handel’s Water Music on my playlist. No lyrics, just bouncy, happy music that reaches inside and distracts me from the stress.

Do you have go-to music that helps to redirect your mood? Or a song that takes you immediately back to a moment in time?

I’d also like to share with you the cover for my upcoming new release! If you’d like to see what songs played in my head while I was writing, you can visit my “The Mirror” Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/klblang/epitaph-3-the-mirror/

 

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