Of course, you’ve probably read this type of scene in a book before and I can tell you that as an author it’s one of the most difficult types of scenes to write. Why is that? Well, describing one photograph is simply a matter of one or two sentences of prose. When you’re talking about describing twenty-five photographs that flash by, one after the other in a video montage, what’s an author to do? You can’t very well expect a reader to choke their way through multiple paragraphs of photograph descriptions.
And as for music, well, you know what they say about that: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Prose simply can’t capture the emotion, the essence of music.
But imagine that instead of reading a description of the video, you are able to watch the video and hear the music with everyone else at the memorial service. This isn’t like any other enhanced content you’ve seen before (if you’ve even seen it before; there has been precious little to compare it to, with the exception of “how-to” nonfiction books).
Of course, there are readers who are not excited about the prospect of anything besides the written word invading their reading experience, and I get that—I really do. Fear not! If a reader would rather not access the enhanced content, they can simply click a link that skips the video and allows them to go on and read the prose version of the video. The reader misses no part of the story by skipping the interactive content and everyone wins.
A musician friend of mine, Andy Hackbarth.Honestly, I thought I could never love a song as much as I love the original, but his version is perfect. “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” by Andy Hackbarth is on the “Sleeping Beauty Novel Soundtrack” and is available on Spotify. Fun facts:
* Andy is an award-winning singer/songwriter. His song “We Ain’t Done Yet” was featured by Major League Baseball during the World Series.
* Many, many years ago, I played the cheating girlfriend in the video for Andy’s song “The Last Love Song” which was filmed and produced but never released due to creative differences. The stills from this video will comfort me in my old age as all my, er, bits & pieces start to sag and become increasingly less likely to be featured in a music video.
Claire Beau: Hayden Panettiere
Dr. Brendan Charmant: Jamie Bamber
Davin Wibbens: Kevin Zegers
West Beau: Chord Overstreet
Lt. Colonel James “Gray” Grayson: Dove Meir
Revnor “Rev” Carlin: Tyler Cook