I love music. I think to music and write to music. My first published novel, my romantic suspense, Voices in the Dark was set in the world of Italian opera and the hero and heroine were opera singers. Remember the Puccini Tosca set on location in Rome, with Placido Domingo? That was shown during my research for that book, and I still have the video.
To me certain composers have certain associations. Beethoven with his energy and sublime slow movements makes me think of that state of shimmering, contented joy of those in love. Schubert makes me think of Gothic romance, dark romance - the knock at the door at midnight....but who is outside? Brahms and Schumann are passion and energy. I listen to them and think of heroes with dark, secret, wounded pasts.
Geral Finzi means the essence of 'English' landscape to me, that slightly fey element, even more so than my other favourite, Vaughan Williams.
I can happily tap along to music - a bit of a rush and many mistakes in the quick movements, but I love it. Music somehow opens my mind and imagination, my emotions. It 'sits' firmly on my most niggling critic - my inner editor - and allows me to make music in my own way - on the page.
What music do you enjoy to read to or to write to?