I've mentioned it before, but I don't bring music into my playlist, or really my life, in albums. I hear something in passing. I catch something in a movie. An anime or video game plays a killer track. That single song gets Incorporated into my playlist because it does something to me.
Soundtracks are the best. The composers for soundtracks are already looking to elicit a certain feel. To make you feel brave. Uncomfortable. Romantic. Scared. So, knowing that I'm dealing with a story that involves monsters and demons, it's only natural that when I need to get myself in a certain brainspace, the soundtracks for some of the most famous thrillers and horror movies would be a good start.
The Exorcist. Probably one of most classic horror films there is. I mean, if you break it down, it gets a little silly and some of the lines and effects haven't aged well, but there's no denying that it still has a presence. Just the mention of the movie can evoke certain feelings. Heck, it was good enough that people demanded a series based on it. And the string that ties all of it together is that haunting melody, the main theme. It's simple. It's quiet. It gets your blood moving, but remains in the background just enough to let your brain wander. To let it fill in the gaps. Was that a shadow? Maybe just the house settling? The song doesn't guide your imagination by the hand like some songs do, but it certainly give it suggestions on which paths to follow.
So, please enjoy the theme from The Exorcist.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.