Werdz, Wurts, Words – The Power of Lyrics

May 13, 2010

What does music and lyrics do to me?  Just like a good book it will take me to a place I might not otherwise find.  And when it does, it taps into a part of me and floods my body with emotions. You can find inspiration in a look, a touch, a book, a movie, a conversation or a picture.  Sometimes I can find it in a lyric, the specific words in a song that strikes a nerve.  Like the line of movie repeated over and over and reminds you, you are alive.

I always need new music, most especially Indie music.  Where do I find my music?  Several places, sometimes from viewers like you.  The best places to find music is from “playlist” of authors I love.  I know it sounds cheesy to create a playlist while you are writing a book but I think they are inspiring. 

Second best place for me to find new music, iTunes Genius.  If you scroll to the bottom of iTunes it will suggest new music you might also like due to what you have purchased in the past.  Also, right after you purchase a song it gives you a list of six more songs that you might like.  I usually take a quick listen and end up finding more music I love.

Here are a few of my downloads as of late:
 (to listen, see playlist below)
Running up that Hill by Placebo
                It is techno buzz meets Lincoln Park.  I don’t know why but I like
                it.  It’s different.
Indian Moon by State Radio (Not on playlist below, sorry.)
Man in the Hall by State Radio
Right Me Up by State Radio
State Radio is very Rastafarian which I usually don’t like because of the overly political messages and smoke’em up ways but I do like these three songs.
Sideways by Citizen Cope
Blues jazz soul…Oh damn.  This song swoons me.  Here are the lyrics in particular that speak to me: “These feelings won’t go away, they’ve been knocking me sideways.”  He is so in love with her that he can’t keep straight on his feet.  Le sigh. 
In the Sun by Joseph Arthur
I love the sound of his voice here.  His words are very poetic and if you like this, you will love his poetry blog.  If you can get past the edgy/scary artwork you will be pleasantly surprised.
Blue Eyes by Cary Brothers
Honestly by Cary Brothers
                From the author Jenny Han these songs are perfect for summer
The Funeral by Band of Horses
Love Story by Taylor Swift
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Okay I know what you are thinking….Taylor Swift is not “Indie” music.  You’re right.  But dang it, I love these songs, especially You Belong With Me.  I feel like putting on my husband’s high school football jersey, throw my hair in pigtails and jumping on the bed while singing this song…ahem…not that I have ever done that but I’m just saying. *girl tucks jersey under the messy bed covers*
Tonight by Lykke Li
This is the same artist who sang Possibility on the New Moon album.  The line I love is “…yesterday, the night before tomorrow.”  It’s a poetic way of saying Tonight.  Ah, swoon.
Back in Your Head by Tegan and Sara
To me this song screams how I felt in high school after I got dumped.  You just want back in the relationship, back in his head.


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  1. I don't listen to enough music. Thanks for making me think outside my little box. :0)

  2. I listen to a TON of music...but honestly I pay very little attention to the lyrics. I'm all about the tune/melody. :(

  3. These are some great recommendations! I always loved Kate Bush's Running Up that Hill but I think I like Placebo's even more. Thanks for the list!

  4. Wow. that was kind of cool~I totally could have written that blog post. lol. I love listening to new music and find it very inspiring. I've had whole scenes of my book created off a certain line in a song that just got me thinking. One of my major plot lines was from listening to "Follow You Into the Dark" (Deathcab for Cutie) I do the same thing--check out authors I like to see their play lists.

    One guy I just discovered and really love is Peter Bradley. You should check him out-he's awesome!

    My name is Callie by the way. I found your blog through one of the other ones I follow. I've clicked on so many links that I kind of forget who. :)

    Anyway, nice to "meet" you. I'll be following you. Feel free to come check out my site. We have forums for writers, blogs with contests etc...We also take submissions for critique if you're ever interested. Have a great w'kend. :)

  5. I am inspired by great music too. Some lyrics and songs can help me create a character, mood, scene, etc.

    And yes, I have a playlist for every book I write. It really helps. :)

    Love your picks. :)

  6. Kathi – Hey, for a short time I didn’t either because I couldn’t find good radio, then I discovered satalite radio. From there I moved to internet radio and on to iTunes (of course, all that was a few years ago) BUT I found my music again and had forgotten how much it made me feel. You should give it a try sometimes.

    DL – You don’t listen to lyrics? I’m always amazed when I hear that. Though I love the tune and melody (and am picky about what sound I like) I have to have good lyrics to keep me vested. Unless it is a song like the Black Eyed Peas – I’ve Gotta Feeling, That song just has a good, get up, have fun and dance.

    Jenna – I LOVE when I find someone excited about the same stuff I like. I will check out Kate Bush’s version. And feel free to suggest something if you like. Another blogger introduced me to La Roux and I love them.

    Callie - Welcome! Maybe we are long lost twins . I’ve created whole scenes off a song too! Doesn’t it feel great! I will absolutely check out your suggestion. I’m so glad you clicked your way to me. And I will come over and check out your place too. I have a great crit partner but would love to expand that, thanks for sharing. Your excitement is infectious. So happy you stopped by!

    Karen – Hey Sweetie! Do you post your playlists? I go over to your blog and see. Glad you like my selections. I have another cool band I love, Foreign Slippers, and they have a song called “Oh Death” and if you like Sia’s “Just Breathe” or Lissie’s “Everywhere I Go” you will love that song.

    Have a great weekend all!


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