Inspiration In Hindsight
So often in writing, as in any other creative medium, music can inspire. It flows through the veins, energizes the soul, elevates the senses, and stimulates the brain. It moves us to unknown places, opening up new horizons with every single beat. I am not immune to its transcendent effects, both in my art and in my writing. Not often, though, do I come across a song after something has been created and realize how perfectly it describes that finished work. Last year I happened to find one of those rare examples.
I am honestly surprised that it took me as long as it did to listen to Thrice, considering most of my favorite musicians are right in line with that kind of sound, i.e. Coheed and Cambria. One month after The First Tale was published, I listened to all four of the Alchemy Index volumes and was instantly struck. I will not go on and on describing each volume or the crazy amount of attention that went into crafting this rich set of songs. There are plenty of others out there who have already written about it. What I will say is that there is a song on Volume III, "A Song For Milly Michaelson", which nails a scene just right. Cue up the song after reading Chapters 17 and 18 and see for yourselves a what little bit of mind-reading feels like.