After a lot of thought, I decided my playlist selection for today would be Almost Human by Aurelio Voltaire. I've put off using any of his music for my Paladin Playlists because, honestly, it feels like cheating. His stuff is so good and so in line with what I need to get my mind on the right path.
To be honest, I could've picked just about anything out of his library of songs. I have so much material I'm working on and so many situations that his songs fit with that I can really just grab an album and hit shuffle.
This song in particular, Almost Human, helps me get into the mindset of demons and monsters. I have some specific characters in mind, but those are spoilers. Suffice it to say, it's good to remember that villains never think themselves the villain. A good antagonist is one who has a motivation that makes sense. Voltaire helps me keep that in perspective when I'm writing characters that might otherwise be dismissed as simply "the bad guy." Heck, who's to say some of these characters are the bad guy?
If you like dark, irreverent, and thought-provoking music, I highly recommend just about anything from Voltaire. His stuff ranges from hilarious to awe-inspiring, so if you poke around his albums a little, I'm sure something will grab you. Whether it's the silly Brains!, the saucy and risque Cat House Tragedy, or the tear jerking Crusade, there's something for everyone.
God, there's so many more of his songs I want to mention... but maybe it's best I save those for another Paladin Playlist. For now, enjoy Almost Human and see what kind of thoughts it's provokes.
Be Excellent To Each Other!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.