If your (fictional character’s) life was a Pink Floyd song…

WordPress’ slowness may not be over yet, but it has an explanation, at least: they’re apparently in the process of ‘transferring us over to a new, user-unfriendly format’ or something like that.  Hiding our search bars from us, switching our menus to the opposite side of the screen, fomenting chaos everywhere (so it’s not all bad)…

This is not the blog post I had intended to give you today, but it’s what I can manage right now without attracting the attention of the Blog-Eating Beast again.

So now, some questions for fiction writers:

If you had to choose a song by Pink Floyd that you would you associate with the main character from your novel or short story, what would it be? What about other characters?

What songs by Peter Gabriel would you associate with your characters?


(Yes, their covers of others’ songs count, or others’ covers of theirs. For example, Rasputina’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” or Peter Gabriel’s cover of Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is a Cage.”)

Why those musicians? you may ask.  Okay, you may ask, but that doesn’t mean I have an answer. Okay, I do have an answer, but it may not explain much…  🙂  Y’see, we (my clone and I) noticed a while ago that a significant percentage of the major characters in our fiction have either a Peter Gabriel song or one by Pink Floyd — or both! — that we associate with them, often for an important event or period in that character’s life.  Not that the songs ever get mentioned in what we write — this is strictly a matter of what inspires us or helps us get in the right mindset for writing.

(And yes, I’m well aware that not everyone likes this kind of music, or even knows it.  Not my problem.  You’re not required to answer if you don’t have an answer.  I just thought a fun-and-whimsical blog post would be a good thing, before I go back to ranting about grammar and punctuation and the importance of knowing why there’s no such thing as a ‘sound laser.’  You know — facts and shit.)


About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to If your (fictional character’s) life was a Pink Floyd song…

  1. Andrew Davis says:

    the final cut “held the blade in trembling hands…” and we do what we’re told “told to do!”

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  2. Well, my current WIP has to be Pink Floyd’s “Mother”. I think if you know the lyrics to that song, then the reasons are obvious. LOL! I can’t even think of a Peter Gabriel song right now other than “Shock the Monkey” and that doesn’t fit anything I’ve ever written, so that’s a tough one. 😀 Great post!

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  3. MishaBurnett says:

    Agony’s song would be “Dogs”. James’ would probably be “Welcome To Machine.” I don’t know much by Peter Gabriel.

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  4. Well, it’s not an exact fit, but the song that has something of a connection, in terms of the theme of racism, to my work in progress is Peter Gabriel’s Biko. Besides, I was really moved by the movie (ok, bad pun) “Cry Freedom” back in the day. The song still puts chills up my spine. So glad that era of South African history is over.

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