It usually begins well and then falls into confusion and shambled imagery (Much like a Tarentino movie). So, it is with great trepidation that I approach one of the major tropes in my end of the pool - the song.
Tolkein was a great one for this. He wrote pages of ballads and lays for his novels, which I don't doubt were longer than the final edit that made it into print. This set the standard for the rest of us who have come after him. A majority of the novels I have read over the years have some form of lyrical verse at least once in the series. I suppose I feel obligated, then, to add such to my novel.
But I am so terrible at it....
Still, one must try. I have two so far and I suspect that there will be more before the end. You see, I have discovered that they can be useful if I do it right. They can convey the mythology of the characters singing or even a drab of history/background. This frees me from falling into an info dump or long exposition as to either of those things. Both are trends that I find common in the leading authors of the genre or any other for that matter. That annoys me. So, taking my cue from Aeschylus, I have decided to try to use them much as one would a Greek chorus.
Of course, the trick is not to get over zealous with the thing. I love LOTR, but I have to confess that I usually skip over the songs. Maybe it's that I have the attention span of a goldfish, or perhaps I just have trouble with poetry in general but I get lost in the numerous stanzas and lose interest. My goal, then, is to make my songs shorter but still convey the information I want displayed.
So here is one of my songs in its broadcast premiere: