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Do your characters have a theme song?
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:53:45 PM »
I've been working on this one characters book pretty consistently for the last few weeks and today I stumbled upon her theme song. It seems odd to me that and imaginary person has a theme song but she does. Do you give yours a theme song or am I just a little bit odder than I thought I was?

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 08:17:39 PM »
Movie characters have been associated with musical themes for a while.  Think Doctor Zhivago and "Lara's Theme," or "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and M.

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 09:03:33 PM »
https://youtu.be/j0Mz_IqpZX8

The song instantly came to mind but it's more the theme of the entire series. Great idea for a thread.
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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 05:02:16 AM »
I don't have a theme song for an individual character, but I do hear music when I write. Mostly Benny Hill style chase music and 80s heavy metal.
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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 05:10:07 AM »
No theme music for a main character. Some of them have a preference for a certain kind of music and they will say so. Sometimes they will play an Mp3 or CD of a genre. I think it adds to the description of the scene somewhat.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 05:22:00 AM »
My poor main character in Souls by the Sea is a music lover and a teensy bit depressed so her theme songs are 'How Soon Is Now?' by the Smiths and 'Cruel Summer' by the Bangles. And sad opera arias. And chirpy Gilbert and Sullivan tunes. And Dr. Demento standards. And thrash metal. And...

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 07:53:10 AM »
Not my characters but each of my books has at least a theme song, if not a soundtrack...


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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2018, 07:55:42 AM »
My MC came back from the dead, so "Seven Devils" by Florence + The Machine was a good fit  ;D
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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2018, 04:50:08 PM »
My poor main character in Souls by the Sea is a music lover and a teensy bit depressed so her theme songs are 'How Soon Is Now?' by the Smiths and 'Cruel Summer' by the Bangles. And sad opera arias. And chirpy Gilbert and Sullivan tunes. And Dr. Demento standards. And thrash metal. And...

Cruel Summer was by Bananarama.

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2018, 08:15:34 PM »
One of my characters from an unpublished, half-finished screenplay has a theme song. Madeleine Mayhem is an evil, world-famous, cross-dressing rock star who has been secretly programming his/her audience through his/her songs so that one day soon he can activate them into an army to conquer the world. This is one of the songs I wrote and recorded for the screenplay:

https://youtu.be/S7gCEgM7Xx8
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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2018, 08:16:47 PM »
No theme music for a main character. Some of them have a preference for a certain kind of music and they will say so. Sometimes they will play an Mp3 or CD of a genre. I think it adds to the description of the scene somewhat.

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2018, 01:43:48 AM »
Theme music?  Every good hero should have some.   8)


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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2018, 09:19:57 AM »
I'd love to nail a character theme song the way they did with Rocky with 'Eye of the Tiger' because I think it would make my writing stronger. Good topic!
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2018, 10:50:04 AM »
Cruel Summer was by Bananarama.

Well, %&#@. There's goes my 80s street cred.

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2018, 11:07:05 AM »
I tend to listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZQzW_QfPew 

Or this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOVdjxtnsH8

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2018, 05:20:41 AM »
when I read the subject the first thing that popped into my head was the Flinstones! I have no idea why, but no I can get it out of my head (thank you very much!lol)

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Re: Do your characters have a theme song?
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2018, 06:15:22 AM »
Yes, in three of my stories.

While writing Missing:The Body of Evidence I was browsing youtube and played the video for Westlife's Flying Without Wings where a woman at the end rises into the sky. Seeing as how the story involved government experiments with out-of-body Astral travel, I used it as the MC detective's theme song that she was drawn to as a sort of clue. While the lyrics might not be known and I don't use them, the words would sum up where she was at in her love life, with her biolicical clock ticking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKPGxGCFgTs.

In another, in the opening, I use the [kitten]cat Dolls singing When I Grow Up with a young girl listening to the song through earphones while she jogs in a park on her 18th birthday. It sets her mood and everything being joyful then - bang - it all goes pear shape for her.

In my latest WIP, I use 19th Nervous Breakdown by the Rolling STONEs that my detective called STONE bangs out on his guitar. The song has significance to his downward spiral of a mood, and also cements him as a blues fan.

I don't use the lyrics as such.

While using a song in literature, it can date the story, but as long as it has relevence to either the story, the characters background, or to set the time frame - fine.

Edited: Oops Kindleboards didn't like the use of Pxssycat Dols and changed it to [killen]cat Dolls, lol. So politically correct and wrong of the software to do so.

See what happens to Buzzcocks - that one seems okay. I guess I'll have to blame DT for the earlier name being changed.
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