Some writers like to immerse themselves in the place and setting of the action. We put on our music and takes us to another world. Music helps the author visualize place, mood and setting. And it is not just in samurai novels.
Some of my readers have asked me to name a few of the soundtracks I use, so here goes:
Shogun Assassin has a great sound track. You can almost hear the horses galloping, though unlike the Yamabuki series, Lone Wolf does not interact with horses very much. We get a bit of the flavor of Shogun Assassin from the movie trailer, although the narrator is wrong as there are no "mad wizards," nor "sword and sorcery," nor is Lone Wolf fighting because his honor is "stained." Irrespective of the narrator, the shots and music are great and takes into another world.
For me it could not be all battles. There are times the mood has to change. How would Yamabuki's emotions be expressed when she was at the Taka compound? For that I turned to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, no blood relation, I assure you. Ryuichi Sakamoto composition "Germination" to my mind reveals a different side of a warrior who is also a scholar and a woman and who has a wide range of feelings about the world.
I close this brief post with Sword of Doom, based on a set of stories Dai-bosatsu Tōge. The original say some is one of the longest novels ever written and I found it strangely captivating.
Of course there are other tracks. "Reaping" from Hunger Games as well as from the Star Trek Next Generation episode "The Emissary. " Talk about a "Yamabuki," K'Ehleyr certainly shares many of the same traits so why not some of the musical themes. Surely their tastes in warrior men might run parallel.
Hope this is a fun post about some of what keeps writers going apart from lots of strong coffee.