i’m in love with an angel
made me a believer
with the touch of her skin
I often use music as a catalyst when I’m writing. The combination of lyrics and melody can instantly evoke powerful emotions and imagery in the listener…and since as an author I am trying to do the same in the mind of the reader, it helps me to get into that state of mind when I’m writing.
There are many songs which I consider to be almost akin to the musical version of romance novels. However, often people think of typically ‘pop’ songs in this category. I tend to like darker music, and heard this dark ballad, Angel, for the first time today on the local hard rock station.
I was instantly swept away by its power and beauty. To me, the lyrics read as a wonderful prologue to a dark, paranormal romance, where the man comes to the realization that he has to let go of the love of his life.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the video uses strong, romantic imagery typically seen on the covers of romance novels, a beautiful woman in a white gown walking through the forest, often superimposed with the image of the singer. She heals a white dove by whispering into its ear, and then succumbs to death herself.
Of course, as a science fiction romance author I believe that the song is begging for someone to pick up the story and detail what happens next. Does she rise from the dead? Does he arrive and bring her back with a kiss? Do they meet again, years later, in another life? The beauty of art is that it’s all up to your imagination.
you wanted a soldier, but it wasn’t me
because i could never set you free
so fly on your own
it’s time i let you go
Written by Herr Jager
Sung by Theory of a Deadman