01 August 2008

Country Music - D. McEntire's Muse

Many times I have been asked: “What gets you in the mood to write?”

My answer: Country Music

When I listen to a country song, I picture a handsome man with tight, faded jeans, work boots and that good ol’ cowboy hat. He removes his shirt to reveal tanned flesh from days spent working in the sun, and sculpted muscles from lifting bales of hay. *sigh*

But, there’s more to it than a cowboy’s looks. I mean, who doesn’t want a man who will take you pickin’ wildflowers, then check you for ticks. He’ll always think of you. Even when he’s picking up fast food, he’ll ask if you want fries with that. And, if he misses your call, he’ll be quick to give you a holler back.

When the sun goes down after a long day on the farm, he’ll take you out for a night on the town, or get good directions to the red neck yacht club. But, where ever he takes you, he’ll make sure every mile is a memory.

When you’re gone, he’ll make sure every light on the house is on for your return home.

Caring and sensitive are good qualities, but a cowboy can get a little naughty, especially when he asks “Who’s your daddy?” and wants to show you a good time.

It’s okay if he tells himself she thinks my tractor’s sexy every time he climbs aboard his international harvester. The most important thing of all is he knows size matters.

So, when you find this cowboy, that sexy, sultry man of whom dreams are made of, don’t blink, or you’re gonna miss this. After all…love is a beautiful thing.

Wait a minute…what was I thinking?

I don’t want you paranormal fans to be left out. That handsome cowboy can be one of the “fang” persuasion. He may not work the ranch and his bronzed body may not come from hours in the sun but from his complex DNA and chemical makeup rushing through his veins, he’ll have no problem demonstrating I’m still a guy and show you how forever feels.

Cowboys, paranormal hunks, lords of the past or military bad boys….

Whatever the man of your dreams may be, my wish is you’ll find love in the first degree and it feels so right.

So…I’ve got to ask….What do you think about that?

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Dana Marie Bell said...

I love to write to whatever the characters want to listen to. For me, it's all about "mood".

And sometimes their mood is "weird."

For instance, my current WIP's characters like to be written to a combination of Evanescence, They Might Be Giants, and Animusic.

See? Weird. But if I try to listen to anything else, they refuse to speak. So I'm stuck with an "emo" robot who's wondering about the nightlight in his soul.

Frankly, I'd rather have the fanged cowboy, but as the saying goes, "When life hands you lemons, turn them into lemgrenades and hand them back."

Diane McEntire said...

I can't listen to music while I write...but it's good to listen to something you like to put you in the mood.

I LOVE your lemon comment!! Too funny!

Anonymous said...

I can't listen to music and write either, but I listen to it in my car :)

When I'm working on the Rough Riders series, it's country; mystery, hard rock.

Cool post!

Debra St. John said...

I agree with this whole heartedly! Even though I live in the midwest, I'm a country gal at heart, and the music does get me in the mood to write. Many ideas spring to mind while listening. (I loved all your lines from songs!)

Jeanne said...

A girl after my own heart!
I love country music. My first contemporary paranormal for Loose Id was inspired by Tim McGraw's "Real, Good Man". The title wound up being another country song that fit so perfectly, I couldn't believe it!
"No One Else on Earth".
The story was set in a male strip club called, naturally, "Real, Bad Boys".
In the works is a sequel - "Behind Closed Doors". ;~D
There are so many wonderful country ballads that tell a story and all those hunky men singing them - and those purty women!

Carolan Ivey said...

Music often inspires me to write something, but I can't listen to it while writing. Or, if I do, it must be instrumental only - no voices - and be turned down to almost subliminal volume. I think it's because I sing and play music, I get easily drawn into what I'm listening to and I can't concentrate on that and the writing at the same time. :)