Every novel should have a soul.
You know what I mean? Something about it. The atmosphere. The feel of the characters. A life born from nothing but ink and paper. The soul of novel is what buries deep and can't be easily pried out of you.
Music is like that. But more direct. More tidal. It rises and overwhelms you before you even know you're drowning. Then, just as quickly, it drains away. Books conquer you more slowly.
I try very hard to create a soul in my writing. Without it, all you have is a plot, an expanded outline. A soulless novel is one that Dr. Frankenstein never hit with a lightning bolt. It never climbs off table. Even disfigured, it's your very own creation and more than capable of terrorizing the countryside.
As I scoured my mental graveyard for bits and pieces to build my own Frankenstein, The Backwards Path, I realized there is a power in using music and image to help hold onto that soul, which can be awfully slippery sometimes.
I found a song and a video which I think capture a similar vibe to what I'm creating. I've given you a link below, which will open a video player at VH1.com. Even if you are biased against the group or song, give it a fair shake with an open mind.
Video Link: Matchbox 20, "3:00 a.m."
Question: What song/video best captures the vibe of your own (or favorite) novel?