Alright, so I was going to make this post about the real life inspiration behind Ana, but since I touched on music last time, I figured I would keep that ball rolling.
When I write, I listen to music…instrumental (or electronic) music. That changed a bit with Sugar’s Last Dance. Instead of the ambient sounds I usually work to, I found myself coming back time and time again to an actual band. That band? Crosses (or ttt).
So, who are Crosses and why did I listen to them? Well, let me tell you.
Crosses is a side project from musician Chico Moreno. Chico already has a hugely successful band called the Deftones, but I guess he needed a second outlet. At any rate, being a big fan of the Deftones, I ended up grabbing Crosses on CD one day (I know, I’m an old man, but I like listening to music in my car and CD is the only way that I can do that).
This album, which is very Deftones-esque, was massively influential in the writing of Sugar’s last Dance. I would start each writing session by firing it up on YouTube. This was also helpful in that I would use the length of the album as a guide as to how long I had been writing.
Something about the record just fit so perfectly with what I was trying to achieve that it became a crucial part of the story.
Now, I know that music is objective to a degree, so you may not experience the same thing that I did while listening. And really, that’s the way it should be, but still, this album was a big part of the story.
I’ll leave you with a song from Crosses. If you like it, buy the album (trust me, it’s super rad!)
Next time, I promise to reveal the woman who inspired Ana, I swear!
One thought on “Sugar’s Last Dance: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)”
Music, eh? I think we all have something specific we like to have on while we wright. It can be very telling depending on the story and song in question. I’ll give this one a listen!