In his novel Norwegian Wood, the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami uses the Beatles song of the same name on the first page, to bring on the memories of his protagonist Toru Watanabe. He doesn’t mention any of the lyrics and he doesn’t even really refer to the tune.
This was the first of Murakami’s novel I read and I became a firm fan from that point onwards. If you have never read any of his books then I definitely recommend them. Perhaps begin with Norwegian Wood or Sputnik Sweetheart or Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Whilst back in school I used the Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden’s song Hallowed Be Thy Name as inspiration for a creative writing essay.
What’s your favourite song or piece of music?
Could you use it for inspiration for a short story or a novel? Does it give you a feeling or an emotion which you could capture for the tone of your story or novel?
I love the piece Elevation of Love by Esbjorn Svensson Trio.
I already have the idea of a novel and the piece fits the mood.
I might even borrow Murakami’s idea of using the title.