Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do---not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less the bullshit."
- Stephen King "On Writing"

When the Art of Language and Music Come Together

When I went to see my first storylogue at the 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival, I thought about how neat it would be to travel around the state and/or country and read my fiction pieces aloud while a musician performs between scenes. But then another brilliant idea came to me when I met up with Luke Lindemeyer, an old friend from college. After some of the long hours he and The Backlot LLC crew endured during the Miss Wisconsin pageant a few weeks ago, he played me a few music scores he’d written for some of his friend’s student films and others he wrote just for fun.

I was blown away. Inspiration to write began seeping into my creative cavity.

Oftentimes, I listen to the Film Score Pandora station because it keeps me focused on my plots as I am creating new scenes and characters. His music was fresh and new and not linked to any movie I’d ever seen, so out came a fresh and new idea of my own.

Luke and Felicia ready to take on a new, creative project as up and coming artists.

Luke and Felicia ready to take on a new, creative project as up and coming artists.

Luke and I decided what better way to grow as artists than to bounce our artwork off each other? I may not know how to play an instrument well, but I can see stories develop as his music bursts from the speakers. Luke may not write often, but he can hear melodies in the stories I’m telling.

So we are trying something a little different. We sent each other our first pieces. Mine is the short story I am currently sending out for publication and his is two untitled piano pieces he composed years ago.

Luke’s mission, should he choose to accept:

  • Create musical numbers to what he hears when reading my short stories.


My mission, should I choose to accept:

  1. Come up with a title for his music pieces, if there isn’t one provided.
  2. Write a short story based off of inspiration as the music plays repeatedly in the background.

Our goal, eventually, may be to have my story read aloud while recorded or live music is played in the background according to certain points in the stories. There are kinks to be fixed once we get the hang of this process, of course.

Freaking brilliant! No? Wish us luck on this new venture. Whether it pans out or not in our favor, we’re pretty excited about it!