Soundwave Wednesday | January 23, 2019

I’ve been feeling a little bogged down in my writing life.

Maybe because I’ve been editing the same chapter for a little over a week and feeling like I’m making little progress. Maybe because I’m up to my eyes in researching barley and rye for my WIP. Maybe because I’m letting myself get too distracted by plotting new WIPs when I’m not even halfway through the one I feel like I’m supposed to be writing.

Whatever the case may be, sometimes we need to force ourselves to take a break and step back for a few minutes. For me, that often means a mini karaoke session in the bathroom. It can sometimes lead to a laugh or two if I mess up a lyric, completely fall short of hitting a note, or find myself making an unusual facial expression in the mirror, and it’s a great way to shake off the grogginess of a sluggish editing session and get back to work with a new focus.

Since I’ve been editing a GtK chapter revolving around JE, I’ve decided this Soundwave Wednesday should highlight one of the songs I’ve come to associate with him: Angel With A Shotgun by The Cab.

I love The Cab’s entire Symphony Soldier album, and most of it does fit with GtK in one way or another, but this one is among my top tracks.

Although the height of what I would call JE’s Angel With A Shotgun scenes don’t come for another few chapters after the one I’m editing now, it does have a relevance to his overall character arc in that he is very conflicted with having to make some moral compromises for a just cause. He’s trying to do good while making some sacrifices and go against the values instilled by his family and his religious beliefs, and his priorities ultimately see a slight change.

“Sometimes to win, you’ve got to sin
Don’t mean I’m not a believer
And Major Tom, will sing along
Yeah, they still say I’m a dreamer

They say before you start a war
You better know what you’re fighting for
Well baby, you are all that I adore
If love is what you need, a soldier I will be

I’m an angel with a shotgun
Fighting ’til the war’s won
I don’t care if Heaven won’t take me back…”

JE is reluctant to go against his beliefs and is well aware of the sacrifices he must make, as well as the sacrifices that would be made if he had abided by a different course of action. For much of GtK he is at a sort of crossroads between what must be done, the reasoning for his actions, and the effect they have on others.

You can take a listen to Angel With A Shotgun via Spotify here!

What song would best fit your character’s main dilemma? Let me know in the comments below!


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