Friday, July 1, 2011

Musical Stories 1: SciFi

I had such fun picking out music last week that I've decided to make it a regular Friday thing. I had a great idea for a 'series'. At least, I thought it was great idea, I may change my mind if I run out of ideas! (Also, how many times can I use the word 'ideas' in one paragraph?)

So, here's my awesome idea. Each week, I'm going to pick a story genre and choose three songs that I think fit that genre. I'm going to try to choose a mix of songs; some classics, some you may not have heard of and probably some just plain cheesy, but I hope you enjoy them, and maybe hear something new. Every week, I'll tell you what next week's genre is going to be, so if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know. Next week is going to be YA. I only have one so far, but it's an amazing one and perfect for the genre, so let's hope I can find two more in the next seven days :)

This week is (as you can tell by the title), SciFi. There were loads I wanted to use, but I went for these three because, in my opinion, they all show different aspects of the SciFi genre and they might be ones you haven't heard for a while, which is why – as brilliant as it is – David Bowie's Space Oddity didn't make it. I hope you enjoy. (There's no video for the middle one, because the embed thingy is disabled on the official video on YouTube, sorry).


  1. Great choices for SciFi, I like the last one best. Here's a suggestion for YA, it's an oldie but goodie ... Beach Boys Be True To Your School :)

  2. I Look forward to your posts! Found you through "Alleged Author Blog". I am def a new follower!:)

  3. What a great idea for blog posts! I love the Carpenters and strangely I used to listen to them when I was younger.

  4. Great idea! Aah, the Carpenters - I credit them with helping learn harmonies.

    Love the other two!

    YA? Baggy Trousers by Madness :-)

  5. It sounds like a great idea for a series! :)

    LOL. I've never heard of any of these three before.

  6. Sarah - Oh, what a great idea! I love music of all kinds, so I'll be looking forward to the music you think is suited for different genres. I think you've made some great choices, too.

  7. Good idea for blog posts - I reckon genre appropriate songs might be good for setting the mood when thinking up story ideas.

  8. Can't say I really know these songs, sadly. :( Not quite sure what that says about me!

  9. Very cool idea. I love music, but I find it hard to write to anything with words. Recently I was turned onto a few sites that offer ambient sounds (like rain, wind, etc), and so it totally fit the bill for me.

    happy writing & 4th!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  10. Joanne - Thanks for the suggestion. I don't know that one, so I'll check it out.

    Murugi - Welcome, and nice to meet you!

    Rebecca - Not strange at all, so did I :)

    Margo - Ooh, Madness, good call!

    The Golden Eagle - I hope you found one you like :)

    Margot - Thanks, stay tuned!

    Patsy - I have been known to pinch plot ideas from song lyrics :)

    Matthew - Thank you, and thanks for visiting too :)

    Talli - It tells me you're not as old as me ;-)

    Angela - Welcome to you. I have been known to get a bit distracted by songs when I write too :)

    Katie - Thank you very much!

  11. Did you know that the song "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" was originally done by a Canadian group named Klaatu? The Carpenters actually did a cover of it.

    I'm a big Klaatu fan, so it's probably not a surprise that I like their version better. If you like other music from that era (the 70's), you might give a few of their songs a listen. Very Beatle-esque.

  12. I looked it up, listened and loved :-)


I happily answer all comments on my blog, and by email if it's not a 'noreply' address :-)