I am one of those people that loves a song more after I hear the words. I write to music and depending on the type of scene I’m writing, prefer different tuneage.
For me, I connect best with songs that have a deeper meaning.
A song that makes you feel the music in a deep heart-and-soul-ache-make-you-want-to-cry sort of way. The song might not even be a sad song, it’s just the intensity of the emotion and the story the artist is able to convey with their words or arrangement of the music. Even an instrumental can tell a story, like Chris Botti’s “Hallelujah” or Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”.
One of my favorite singer-songwriters is Florence Welsh, the Florence behind Florence & The Machine. The bio on her website succinctly describes her writing:
…music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else. “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,” says Florence Welch. “It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear.” (Source – http://www.florenceandthemachine.net/biography)
I hope one day someone will say that about my novels…