“Um, hello guys!”
“Hey, what’s up? What’s with that music?”
“So, what do you think about musical scenes?” I ask. “As in, characters suddenly bursting into song to talk to each other and express their emotions or opinions. Would-that-be-too-cheesy-for-you…?”
I take a deep breath…
“I want to add musical scenes in my WIP… but I’m worried, but I’m worried… that it wouldn’t work well. With no music (no music!) it would pretty much read like a poem or normal dialogue, maybe with some movement and actions to break it up. Break it up yo!”
I wave a hand into the air and drum my fingers on the table.
Hopefully you get the idea.
There’s pretty much no way to let the reader know the tune unless it’s from another song (I’m probably not going to do that), and adding music is out of the question here, even if I can make my own.
It wouldn’t be out of place–it exactly fits the mood and premise of my story, although it’s definitely not the story’s main point. It can stand without me writing any songs. It’s a portal fantasy story with children MCs, not a story about a theater or something.
There’ll be choices to influence the mood/lyrics of the song, or you can choose not to participate in the song at all, and the scene will continue normally without any singing. This will influence some personality stats and another hidden stat.
I’ll try not to make them happen out of the blue, and I’ll add a prompt when it’s going to happen at least. The characters and the story will definitely acknowledge it, so some characters might even join you. There’s also a setting where music is a big part of their culture, so there’s that too.
I’m not exactly a poet or a songwriter, I just think it would be really fun to include musical scenes. Since there’s no music, I’m thinking that I don’t have to worry too much about lyrics since it will sound different to everyone anyway.
What I’m asking is, would you prefer to read a scene like that normally instead? Would your enjoyment be affected by reading a song without any hint of tune at all?
I know this is all subjective, and there’s always the choice to read the scene normally. I just want to know if this is worth doing.
And if you know a better format, let me know! Here’s a cookie for you if you actually tried to sing that. Hehe.