“If music be the food of love, play on.” William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy "Twelfth Night, or What you Will" has all the elements of classic romance. There is danger (a shipwreck), misinterpretation (no, your twin has not perished in the sea), laughter (uh…that’s actually a woman dressed as a man), some cruelty (poor Malvolio), a very happy ending (three weddings!), and plentiful music (youth’s a stuff will not endure…).
I love music, and I really do think it feeds the soul. When I was young, I walked to the church in my
Showtunes are THE MOST ROMANTIC SONGS EVER. (*note: not scientific and completely prejudiced based on author preference.) Why are songs from movies and musicals the most romantic songs? Because they feed off the soul of romance: uncertainty. Does he or doesn’t he? Will they or won’t they?
I love it when music is featured in novels. In one of my favorite romance novels of all time Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins, the quiet loner of a hero secretly plays a piano in his home. It’s romantic when the heroine pauses outside and overhears. One of these days, I’m going to write a romance in which the heroine is a pianist. And Mr. Right will be on the sidewalk in front of her house, captivated. "On the street where you live…"