Tuesday, September 6, 2011

music to inspire

This is me back in 1996 with Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.




I'm kind of a music snob.

I tend to like most books I read. It's the same with movies, it's hard for me to come out of a movie not having enjoyed myself.

But when it comes to music, I'm hard to please. I would consider myself a fan of alternative, probably adult alternative since I'm an old lady and all. But even within that realm I am picky. And it doesn't matter to me if something is popular or not, as long as it's good.

I am defensive of my music. As in the Killers are the greatest band ever, so no need to argue. Cause I'm right. And if it's not played on my favorite radio station, you know, the one run by the local high school, it probably sucks.

As a result, music is a big inspiration for my writing. One of the fads of late are for authors to post a 'soundtrack' to their novel. Seems kinda cheesy, but I totally get it. There are certain songs that have implanted a seed in me for a story, or that I hear in my head while I write.

I can't tell you how many story ideas I've gotten from Tori Amos' 90's music or Sarah Maclachlan 80's music. Yes, I was very much alive in the 80's. I am inspired as much by the lyrics as I am by the music itself. And though poetry seems to be a lost art (no one buys the stuff anymore), music is the poetry of today and influences just as much, in my opinion.

The playlist below includes a trifling of music that has inspired me, the first ten off the top of my head.

What kind of music do you like?
What inspires your writing?

4 comments:

Taryn said...

I am the exact opposite of you.

I'm anything but a music snob--I listen to whatever is on. Because of this, I never understand those authors with their "soundtracks." Sure, sometimes a song will hit me as perfect for a scene I've already written, but I never would create a "writing" playlist or anything. I don't think I've bought music since Taylor Swift's FEARLESS.

(Incidentally, one of the songs on there (Innocent, which I don't even like, lol) is perfect for a scene in SPLASHBACK.)

Jenilyn Tolley said...

I agree with you about music being the new poetry and I love finding songs with awesome lyrics. Unfortunately, I rarely listen to music. I can't write with music on and most of the rest of the time I spend with the kids. They pay lots of attention to what I'm listening to, so I try to be careful. That being said, I'd love some suggestions. :)

Emily said...

Yes! I agree. I listen to:
Regina Spektor a lot and LOVE Brandi Carlyle and, of course, the classics: The Beetles, Neil Young, Bread...Ya know.

Also love Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers.

I could go on. But I definitely have a playlist. Sometimes, when I'm stuck with a character...I go and listen to 'their' song. It brings me back to who they are.

Thanks for this.

Emily said...

Just looked at your blog playlist...we have similar tastes.