M. Music #AtoZChallenge

azbloggingM. Music

Dear reader,

You may wonder “Why music?”. What does music have to do with writing? For me: a lot. First of all I love music in many forms. Often I need music playing in the background when I’m writing. Music that fits the story even. I find that writing action-filled Hilda scenes goes very well with the music of Edenbridge, Leaves’ Eyes or even Krypteria. Lily Marin’s novel was written with lots of music from Unwoman and Abney Park.

Many of my books even contain little hints to songs, and some have hints that are quite clear, for example the hard to miss mention of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Hilda – Cats.

What many people may not know is that I also play music. I’ve had musical lessons for accordeon (some write this as accordion, I’ll forgive you) for many years, I can play piano and organ, as well as native american flute and Bodhran. Yes. Music is important to me.

A successful evening

Dear reader,

Last evening I visited the theatre show of Hamony Glen. The name may mean nothing to you, but they’re a very successful Dutch band that plays Irish folk music with a twist. If you’ve read the Story of the Mimosa, you have met the Harmony Clan, who are in fact my friends from Harmony Glen. Last evening I had the opportunity to hand-deliver a copy of the Story of the Mimosa to each of the band members.

With three band members. Dominique Bentvelsen, Sjoerd van Ravenzwaai and Mike Bruinsma

The show was excellent, the music wonderful and uplifting as always, and the atmosphere relaxed and joyous.

If you want to know more about Harmony Glen, here are some music videos, and of course there’s their online shop.