It’s kind of funny how our minds work. Whenever I hear certain phrases or keywords, my brain often attaches them to song lyrics. Usually they’re songs I know by heart, or that have some kind of meaning to me. This happens all the time when I think of the title of my February 2017 release, As I Am. I am forever flashing to the “take me as I am” line from the song “Take Me or Leave Me” in RENT. If you haven’t heard it, I’m sure YouTube has a clip, but the entire show is well worth watching/listening to.
So of course, in thinking of the theme for this blog post, “Love is…” my brain clamped down on the song “Love is Strange” by Mickey & Sylvia, which got its claws deep into pop culture thanks to being featured in the film Dirty Dancing. And the song title is quite correct. Love is strange. Some folks say you can’t choose who you love, and in some cases, that’s true. And as a romance author, it can be a lot of fun finding unexpected love between two very different characters (or in the case of ménage, three characters).
Dirty Dancing, a romance couched in a social message, is a prime example of strange love. A hotshot dancer from the wrong side of the tracks and a naïve go-getter from a wealthy family fall in love one unexpected summer. But they don’t simply fall in love, they fall in love through a shared love of dancing. Dancing helps them bond. It tears away the class issues that separate them and binds them together in a new way. Music is awesome like that.
In my m/m inspirational romance novel, Fractured Hymns, my two heroes develop a deep friendship first, but the threads of their romance take hold over their shared love of music—church hymns, in particular. Army vet Ethan gave up guitar playing years ago, but he takes it up again as hobby while recovering from a terrible injury. Stable hand Angel sings in the church choir, because doing so gives him peace from the mistakes in his past. Playing together, music opens their hearts to each other, and it’s with music that they overcome the obstacles in their path toward happiness.
Love is strange. Love is music. Love is any way you choose to define it.
Tell me about a song that inspires you in some way, or has marked a defining moment in your life.
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