Sunday, October 2, 2011

Has music inspired you?

How deeply are you affected by music?  I, for one, am.

The right song can lift me up or bring me down (which I don't prefer but it happens). It can transport me to anytime or place; one year ago to a girls night out, five years to a summer vacation, ten years ago to a New Years party. We associate music with people, places, emotions, objects. It's quite powerful. Music can even drown out my worries and inspire characters and scenes in my writing.

There's one scene I wrote in my current WIP, the final scene to be exact, that was inspired by a song. I swear I must have had that song on repeat for thirty straight minutes until it was complete (and I never tired of it ~ I still love that song). That song kept me completely enveloped in the mood of the that moment.

I love music. Even as I type this I have Florence and the Machine flowing through my ear buds feeding my brain. Most of the time I prefer soundtracks. I'm not sure if thats because of how the combination of songs placed strategically thought out a movie reaches me on a deeper level but whatever the reason I tend to favor them.

My most recent soundtrack? probably SuckerPunch but I'm planing on getting the sound track to Hanna ~ that was awesome. 

Apparently I am not the only one. Here are some tweets from some well known YA authors I saved to show what I'm talking about.

 Veronica Roth author of Divergent (read and highly recommend) , Tahereh Mafi author of Shatter Me (Waiting {waiting!!!} for it to hit shelves) and Myra McEntire author of Hourglass (read and highly recommend) also make it known in these tweets they are also affected by music.

So what about you? Has music inspired you? What song has most recently spoke to you?

Heres my most recent <3... by Foster the People called Call it what you want. ~ Enjoy!


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  1. I LOVE Florence and the Machine. I've had "Cosmic Love" stuck in my head forever. And "Kiss With a Fist" makes me laugh.

  2. I'm so out of the music scene. I'll have to check out those songs you mentioned. But, I agree music can set just the right mood for a story or scene.

  3. I can't write w/o music ... or, like my husband says, I can't do anything w/o music hehehe

    I love Florence and the Machine ... and I love soundtracks. Though I didn't check SuckerPunch yet ... I'll do it right now!

  4. Another Florence fan here, anxiously waiting for the new album to release. I need music when I write and when I can't have that, any kind of noise, though it doesn't quite take its place. Many songs have given me ideas for chapters and have helped me out of sticky situations. It's good for getting over writer's block as well.

  5. Okay, I'm home now and going to attempt to leave a comment.
    I love Florence. My fav songs are Rabbit Heart and Heavy.

    Thnx for stopping by!

  6. I'm so excited I'm leaving another comment!

  7. Love music. Love writing with music. It can be so evocative; stirring, romantic, violent, dreamy or bombastic and can put you in the right frame of mind for a scene or a whole story. I often watch tv shows with SHAZAM handy on my iphone to identify songs for use later. Best though are movie soundtracks and I've used them for years to fuel my imagination.
    I agree with Jani about using it to help to get past some writer's block too.! :0)
    Most recent downloads have been Feist "The good in each other", Fink "Sort of Revolution, Empire of the Sun "Walking on a dream".
    Some soundtracky stuff to check out: "Time" from Inception by Hans Zimmer, "Nara" by ES Posthumus, "Is this what everyone wants" from Solaris by Cliff Martinez...and so on :0)