Absolutely. Like anyone, if you live long enough, you’ll recognize chapters in your life, and the music you’ve experienced often serves as a memory trigger. Your life is a story and you’re the main character. Life is full of twists and turns and ups and downs. If it isn’t, it wouldn’t make much of a story.
Jonah’s life in the new work of upmarket fiction, The Blind Affect, is a rollercoaster of highs and lows and for nearly 60% of the chapters there is a song that embodies it playing in the background. Severn and Darnell, who share Jonah’s story also experience interesting lives whose memorable moments can be linked to a song, creating a more robust memory.
Whether the song is of the era i.e. circa 1970’s, 80’s 90’s etc.. or a tune they’ve listened to over the decades because it carries with it some special meaning, music is undeniably an important and consistent experience in all our lives.
So, use music in your book to portray a deeper meaning or lighten a mood. In The Blind Affect, songs were chosen to complete the narrative in appropriate decades for the most part, further embedding the reader into the timeframe.
A play list for The Blind Affect goes like this:
1970 Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
1970 Ball of confusion by the Temptations
1973 Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
1973 Strange by The Doors
1974 You’re the First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White
1975 Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John
1976 The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy
1977 Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
1979 Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
1980 Call Me by Blondie
1984 When Dove’s Cry by Prince
1984 I can Dream About You by Dan Hartman
1984 I Want to Break Free by Queen
1986 Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver
1988 Don’t Worry, be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
1993 Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill
1993 Mr. Vain by Culture Beat
1994 I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders
1994 Sabotage by The Beasty Boys
1994 Closer by Nine Inch Nails
1995 I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts
1994 Better Man by Pearl Jam
1999 Say My Name by Destiny’s Child
2001 Hash Pipe by Weezer
2003 Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
2013 Supersoaker by Kings of Leon
2017 Hard times by Paramore