Frequent readers of this blog will know that I’m often inspired by music. Having no musical talent of my own, I make up for it by listening to music all the time. Really all the time. In the car, in the bath, while I write, while I do chores. All the time except when a) I’m working at my day job (then I need silence), or b) someone objects (my spouse is very understanding).

I listen mostly on shuffle, which means a mix of country, hard rock, singer-songwriter, and assorted pop. I don’t mind, so long as it’s good. And most of this stuff I bought, so of course it’s good.

I steal a number of my ideas from songs. Sometimes the title, or a key line, or a misheard lyric. Careful readers will see nods to the artists in the names of characters or towns. Below are a few of the songs that inspired stories.

Songspiration – Dragons I Have Slain

Song Artist Story
Pictured Within Jon Lord Dragons I Have Slain

Jon Lord was the keyboard element of Deep Purple, but also an accomplished solo artist. His output was irregular and uneven, but his album Pictured Within is excellent. Early one morning, after dropping my spouse off at the airport, I was listening to this song in the car driving home. I love the song, but when it came to the line “There are dragons I have slain”, I realized that it conflicted with my vegan philosophy. I started thinking about circumstances in which the line would make sense for me, and this story is what I came up with. I had the opening paragraph and complete plot by the time I got home a few minutes later, and I wrote the story that morning.

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