Thursday, April 28, 2011

Music and all it's wonderful power

For me music has always been a source of inspiration. My mother is a wonderful singer and I once hoped to excel in the art as well. Unfortunately, I didn't get those genes. I once fancied myself a bit of a dancer, but I never really did well. So today, I use music to help me get inspiration to write. I don't have a favorite band. As they say in Ever After "I could no sooner pick a favorite star from the sky." Plus my tastes are constantly changing.

Today I thought I would share a few songs that seem to be impacting me the most right now. The ones that make me really feel, so that I can convey that emotion to the page.

1. Love scenes - Joe Gillette "You and I"

No, you haven't ever heard of him, why, you ask? Well he is friend of a friend that is extremely talented, but not yet recorded. Let's get him there by watching his You Tube video! It's worth the watch -trust me - although half the views are probably mine. I choose this song because it bring to rememberance the sweet things about love.

2. Action/adventure - Adele "Rolling in the deep"

I know, everyone likes this song right now, but it really gets my blood pumping for those "I can't hardly breath" action scenes.

3. Sad scenes - Jose Gonzalez "Down the line"

His soulful guitar and rough voice lend to the perfect tear jerking atmosphere. Sometimes I can hardly write when this song comes on, but I take a moment to listen and soak up the feeling so I can transfer that to the page.

4. Traveling scenes - The paper raincoat "Brooklyn Blurs"

This song came from the same soundtrack as the previous one, but it has such a feeling of motion that you can roll right a long with the sound.

5. Celebration scene - Lee DeWyze "Sweet Serendipity"

This song mirrors the feeling of just scraping by, and yet being elated. some of the lyrics will do the writing for me "I'm always landing on my feet, in the nick of time, and by the skin of my teeth." Well, you get the gist.

There you have it, five songs that are my muse. Look them up if you haven't heard them. Maybe it will get your motor running.


Scott Niven said...

Good post. I always tell people that songs are my musical diary, because every song from my past reminds me of a specific event. Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight"? First girlfriend. Richard Marx (Don't Mean Nothing?" Unpacking my stuff in my new freshmen dormroom. It goes on and on, right up to current songs. So when I write, I have an entire host of muses trying to push forward and jump into my stories, lol! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

That is such a great way to put it. I too have those same kinds memories and I love it when it song takes me back. It's funny how can sit and stare at the screen drawing a complete blank, then a song comes on and it all just comes together.

Scott Niven said...

I think I'm going to pick a song from my past and see if the lyrics can give me the start of a flash fiction plot. On a side note, I'm going to check out the Jose Gonzalez song you mentioned. I've got two songs by him already that I love: "Far Away" and his cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats".

J. A. Bennett said...

Oh sounds fun!
I love that song, but I haven't heard of any of his other songs. So I will defiantly have to check them out.

Sean Roney said...

I totally agree on "Rolling in the Deep." I'm not a fan of Adele but the song is great for a writing playlist. The video is also really cool for the visuals.

LM Preston said...

You have a lot of music I love to hear. Also, I love to listen to music while I write, it keeps me motivated.

Persian Poetess said...

A fellow Adele fan? Awesometasticness! Yes I'm aware that "awesomestasticness" is not a word and that there are plenty of other words that could suffice...but I just couldn't help myself ◕‿◕! If the gates of heaven have loudspeakers playing at the entryway, I hope the first song that blasts out is "Set Fire To The Rain."

Marie said...

Oooh, new music to explore. I, too, use music as my inspiration for well, just about everything--writing, photo editing, cleaning. I love music and I have an incredibly eclectic playlist, which I think is about to get bigger.

J. A. Bennett said...

Pers - Yes, I would love that too!

Marie - Glad you like my choices! love music for cleaning to, it's the only way I can get through it!

BookMystress/Monique Writes said...

Music is one of the best things ever invented,

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