I’ve been trying to find the right words to express how particular music can lift our spirits, how it can give wings to one’s soul. So I looked up famous quotes about music and struck gold. Reading clever quotes is like tasting a fantastic, reduced sauce, they represent the essence of something. Great quotes can inspire, reassure us we’re not alone, that we’re even in good company!
‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ William Shakespeare
‘Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.’ Ludwig van Beethoven
Leo Tolstoy said, ‘Music is the shorthand of emotion.’ My point, exactly!
In my last post I talked about the iconic Aussie band Hunters and Collectors. To be fair, I’d now like to discuss other music I chose for Arafura.
Why did I choose INXS, another iconic Aussie rock band, to accompany Arafura? Call me a romantic, but so many INXS lyrics (below) epitomise the strong and passionate yet vulnerable character of Adam and his feelings for Kat.
Excerpt from Never Tear Us Apart
‘I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart
We could live
For a thousand years
But if I hurt you
I’d make wine from your tears.’
Excerpt from By My Side
‘In the dark of night
Those small hours
Uncertain and anxious
I need to call you
Rooms full of strangers
Some call me friend
But I wish you were so close to me.’
Excerpt from You’re One Of My Kind
‘So slide over here
And give me a moment
Your moves are so raw
I’ve got to let you know
You’re one of my kind
I need you tonight
‘Cause I’m not sleeping
There’s something about you girl
That makes me sweat.’
INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence was what the BBC called, ‘arguably the most sexually-charged Renaissance man pop music has produced.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b39p
Hutchence’s lyrics and voice speak for Adam, especially the lower notes, which are smooth, resonant and masculine in a…. ‘sexually charged’ way, I guess. So why wouldn’t I have added his songs to the screenplay? 🙂
Friedrich Nietzsche understood. ‘In music the passions enjoy themselves.’
It’s hard to choose just one INXS song here. OK then, I’ll choose two:
To me, Annie Lennox’s voice represents Kat, and many other women. Her lyrics exude girl power, from a pro-active woman who takes responsibility for her actions; yet still able to express honest emotions, like longing for another human being. That’s real life, and that’s just how sisters are doing it in Arafura.
Excerpt from Thorn In My Side
‘I should have known better
But I trusted you at first.
I should have known better
But I got what I deserved.’
Excerpt from Love You Like A Ball and Chain
‘My bed is burnin’ all through the night.
You’re the only one that can make me feel right.
Try to lay down my sleepin’ head
But I’m tossin’ and turnin’ around instead.’
3. The Pointer Sisters
This was a very simple choice. A girlfriend had free tickets to the Pointer Sisters, who were performing in a venue only a kilometre from my home. No brainer. Whilst getting ready for the show, Fire popped into my head, and I knew exactly where it belonged – in the Mindil markets scene.
I love Enya’s ethereal, otherwordly tones. But Enya’s music has not been played in our house or car for years. You see, my youngest daughter called her favourite guinea-pig Enya. When it died she wailed so loudly at the burial ceremony in our backyard, that concerned neighbours popped their heads over the fence, wondering if they needed to call an ambulance. From that fateful day onwards Enya has been banned. That’s why I snuck On Your Shore into Arafura, to represent Kat’s, (not my daughter’s) feelings. This is poetry –
‘Strange how I falter
To find I’m standing in deep water
Strange how my heart beats
To find I’m standing on your shore.’
Why did I choose music from the 80s? I don’t know?! I’m usually much more eclectic in my music preferences. These songs just seemed a perfect fit for Arafura’s storyline. And by the way, no guinea pigs were harmed in the writing of this novel.
I will leave the final words to Hans Christian Anderson, “Where words fail, music speaks’.
What music moves you? I’d love to know.