Past & Present 
I use music to connect more deeply with my characters. I imagine a certain scene or their overall emotion in the story and find a song that feels right for that particular mood.  It really adds strength to grasping the mini movie playing out in my mind. 

For this story, I get a rather dark gothic feel creeping in at certain chapters. I mentally snapshot these moments  ~ a lot like when a director cuts scenes. I love the early depth of mood I get from this book. It has demanded that I pay attention and outline everything. Hence adding extra pages via button links such as this. I often drift back here to lose myself within the pages. Every little inspiration helps to disconnect from normal daily life before writing, which is crucial in helping to completely forget the outside world, immersing myself into the story. So there it is...Escapism Tempo! ;o) 

Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
I was gathering research notes and this song popped into my head and refused to go away. I knew then that it somehow related to a certain male character and as the story involves the past and present, this would represent the latter. This is the fourth book I've ventured a journey on and I now realise that each has elements of deep love that doesn't necessarily come easy. I like my characters to experience a range of emotions and have them mentally overcome some personal obstacle. I guess this song represents that. Roses also play a small part in the story and that clinched it for me. Yup! Stories need flowers, always. :o)  

Sitting here wasted and wounded
At this old piano
Trying hard to capture
The moment this morning I don't know
'Cause a bottle of vodka
Is still lodged in my head
And some blond gave me nightmares
I think she is still in my bed
As I dream about movies
They won't make of me when I'm dead

With an ironclad fist I wake up and
French kiss the morning
While some marching band keeps
Its own beat in my head
While we're talking
About all of the things that I long to believe
About love and the truth and
What you mean to me
And the truth is baby you're all that I need

I want to lay you down on a bed of roses
For tonight I sleep on a bed on nails
I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is
And lay you down on bed of roses

Well I'm so far away
That each step that I take is on my way home
A king's ransom in dimes I'd given each night
Just to see through this payphone
Still I run out of time
Or it's hard to get through
Till the bird on the wire flies me back to you
I'll just close my eyes and whisper,
Baby blind love is true

I want to lay you down on a bed of roses
For tonight I sleep on a bed on nails
I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is
And lay you down on bed of roses

The hotel bar hangover whiskey's gone dry
The barkeeper's wig's crooked
And she's giving me the eye
I might have said yeah
But I laughed so hard I think I died

When you close your eyes
Know I'll be thinking about you
While my mistress she calls me
To stand in her spotlight again
Tonight I won't be alone
But you know that don't
Mean I'm not lonely I've got nothing to prove
For it's you that I'd die to defend

I want to lay you down on a bed of roses
For tonight I sleep on a bed on nails
I want to be just as close as the Holy Ghost is
And lay you down on bed of roses

~ Written by Jon Bon Jovi 
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Luka Šulic- Kol Nidrei
This musician is amazing. I accidently came across this beautiful instrumental while browsing Youtube. The picture below, on the left, is Luka Šulić.

Luka Šulić (born 25 August 1987) is a Croatian-Slovenian cellist. He is a member of 2Cellos, along with Stjepan Hauser. His father is also a cellist, and many members of his family are associated with music. 

Luka Šulić performs throughout the world combining solo classical performances and with the 2Cellos. He has given a number of solo and chamber music appearances in Europe, South America and Japan in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus.

As a soloist he appeared with orchestras such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra and others.

Šulić began his musical education in Maribor when he was five years old. When he was fifteen, he became one of the youngest students ever to enter the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Valter Dešpalj where he graduated aged only 18. He continued his education in Vienna with Professor Reinhard Latzko. Šulić finished his master's degree with Mats Lidstrom at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011.
Link to Bio HERE
Monoceros / Unicorn Constellation  
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