I love music. It’s one of my great loves along with books. It doesn’t take long after a song I like comes on before I am tapping my foot, singing under my breath or if I’m alone in the house or in my car full on singing and belting it out.
Music is also a big part of my writing routine. I’m not one of these people who can write in silence. Being in silence reminds me of exams and I hated exams. I’d always be worried that I’d say something to myself out loud, embarrass myself et cetera so I don’t have great associated memories.
Writing with music playing calms me down, makes me smile and helps me to focus on the job at hand. Now onto my playlists. I debated whether to share my taste in music (as some of it is very questionable,) but here goes.
Listening to music has been made so much easier with Apple Music and Spotify. As I said, my music taste is a little bit strange. Its full of all sorts of songs (plenty of them cheesy, you know the embarrassing kind.) My iPod and playlists are full of those songs you can’t help but love but are quick to skip over if there are people with you. You know what ones I mean.
When I’m writing, I like songs and albums that will either make me happy or chill me out. I find music a little bit less distracting than TV box sets (although that doesn’t stop me playing back to back episodes of Gilmore Girls.)
Ed Sheeran’s + album features quite a bit as does Idina Menzel’s new album. I am liking that one a lot.
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake also raises my mood. Then there are the bands I like such as Take That, Lifehouse, Dave Matthews Band, Train and Matchbox 20. I really do love Rob Thomas.
I also can’t have a writing playlist without The Beatles featuring somewhere. The Rubber Soul and Help albums especially.
Then there is the full on Pop section. Ellie Goulding’s Still Falling for You, Forever is Over by the Saturdays or The Loving Kind by Girls Aloud. Paramore and Ain’t it Fun is on my list. I can’t not dance to that one. Taylor Swift is also in there. Most of it are songs I can sing badly with. Also I can’t believe I am admitting this, but there are even some songs from the Glee albums. Yes, I know!
Looking at my playlist, it’s surprising how many songs come from TV show and film soundtracks.
I tend to like to write to songs that make me happy. Being happy makes me smile as it motivates me much better than silence does.
What songs was motivate you?
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