When I began to write Al, he had no soul. Well, his character did, but I didn’t know who he was. His soul, his desires, his fears were all hidden behind his big-bad-ugly persona. At first, that was okay with me. But then we got to where Rachel had to either destroy him, or start to understand him. Al was far too interesting to dispatch, and so–ever so softly–Al began to open up to me in words not said, actions not taken, hesitations that held a memory of his past.
It was then that my muse began to ping against the music, sending me in search of Al’s soul, the hidden past that he wouldn’t dare show Rachel. But me? As the architect? He would speak to me. ;-).
I first found Al in Sympathy for the Devil by Guns and Roses. The callous, cocky attitude, the power, the dismissive ego, the long life and the indulgence that stems from it raw and in your face. Of all the characters, Al is probably the one who is still evolving the most, and after he was given the trust of two little girls, I found Al’s deeper history, the one with blue butterflies and regret and longing. And so Lilac Wine by Jeff Buckley became Al as well. I think the slow, soulful sounds of an artist taken way too soon from us capture him well.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you of Takata. His track is easy to find if you listen to the lyrics.
Looking for the playlist of the Hollows? I’ve got it here: https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/6qYXtGoaMxjMoravl5Jt21 (You don’t have to upgrade from free to see it.)
Jenks (1), Rachel (3), Ivy (3), Trent (3), Takata (1), Newt (2), Pike (1), Kisten (3), Piscary (1), Ceri( 1) … and one for me–my theme song after a hellish couple of years now dumping into one hellish year for everyone.
Red Tape: Agent Provocateur
Not Going Away: Ozzy Osbourne
New Years’s Prayer: Jeff Buckley
DOA: Foo Fighters
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
Filii Neidhardi: Corvus Corax
Only: Nine Inch Nails
Your Own Worst Enemy: Alice Cooper
You & I: Jeff Buckley
Every Day is Exactly the Same: Nine Inch Nails
The American Way: The Crystal Method
Bury Me Face Down: Grandson
Never Say Never: Queens of the Stone Age
Extraordinary Machine: Fiona Apple
The Line Begins to Blur: Nine Inch Nails
Lullaby: A Perfect Circle
Short Skirt, Long Jacket: Cake
Living Dead Girl: Rob Zombie