180 – Using Music in Fiction

The Mythcreant Podcast

Most people enjoy music, but how should it be used in fiction? Is it okay for authors to put song lyrics directly in their prose, and if so, how much should they use? What about using songs as a plot device or just to set the mood? We’ll cover all that and more. Plus, stick around until the end for a taste of synth-whalepop.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Tom Bombadil

Lord of the Rings Songs

The Game of Love and Death

Choosing Music and Instruments For Your Culture

Adding Dance to Your Fictional Culture

Cloud Atlas

Ron Jones (TNG Composer)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Shepard Tone

The Harper Hall Trilogy

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  1. Julia

    Okay, the whale synth-pop at the end cracked me up. Well played!

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      I guess it’s more synth-whale jazz now that I think about it. I don’t understand music but I’m glad you liked it!

  2. stephen

    John M. Ford wrote a wonderful Star Trek novel called How Much for Just the Planet, about a world with dilithium crystals the Feds and Klingons both want. And the inhabitants frequently break out into song. It’s a terrific musical comedy. It would be a way better Star Trek movie.
    He also wrote The Final Reflection, but that didn’t have any singing.

  3. Bunny

    What! No mention of Young Frankenstein? Travesty!

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