I've never been one to make a play list of songs for a book I'm writing, but I see tons of authors doing this. Truth is, until now, I've never really seen a strong reason aside from it's a really cool thing to do that I just haven't made time for thus far. That said, every time I see movies that bring me to the edge of tears and beyond, I think about the power of music in evoking the emotions.
Pixar has an amazing ability to have nothing but music and make me cry. Take UP for instance. Those first ten minutes I'm wiping my face constantly. They manage to say so much with only pictures and music. Not a single word is spoken. It's genius. And then there is Toy Story 3. I saw it this weekend and seriously cried about ten times starting from the very first scene where we're watching Andy's video of him playing when he was young. So much is relayed in the images, but then the music is added which really cinches the deal.
So here's my question? Does the creation of a play list for a manuscript help in writing more emotion into scenes? Because if it does, then I'm all over that. Or is it just a fun thing authors do to connect more with their story?
* And I'm laughing at this movie poster. It's subtitled "The Breakout Comedy of the Summer." I'm thinking it's more along the lines of "The Saddest Movie of the Summer."