Music That Moves You

So last night Mr. Awesome Sauce and I were watching The Voice. It’s not something we watch regularly, usually just as a filler while we’re waiting for something else to come on. We were lucky enough to catch a contestant named Taylor John Williams sing a cover of Tears For Fears’ Mad World. This has long been one of my favorite songs, and in a rare moment of connection with the performance, I found myself almost brought to tears by this young man’s rendition of the song. This got me to thinking about other songs that have inspired a similar reaction, or another equally strong response. So, here are a couple songs that I feel resonate in my soul for one reason or another…

Peter Hollens – Gollum’s Song (And pretty much anything else he does)
Ed Sheeran – I see Fire
Hurts – Illuminated
Alex Clare – Too Close
KONGOS – Come With Me Now
Megan Trainor – All About That Bass

What are some of the songs/musicians that move you?

Writing With a Soundtrack

I’ve always been one of those people who believes that life should come with it’s own unending soundtrack.

While I possess absolutely no musical talent myself (my brother N got all of the musical genius in our family, and damn is he talented!), I’ve had a love for music probably for almost as long as I’ve loved the written word. Maybe it’s because music is, at its root, merely another way to express emotions and thoughts. The majority of the people I work with know that more often than not they’ll find me with my little pink headphones in jamming along to anything from Queen to Halestorm to Carrie Underwood. My musical tastes are pretty eclectic and have only continued to expand as I’ve gotten older, but one thing has remained: I cannot thrive in silence.

This constant need to be surrounded by music extends to my writing. I cannot create without some kind of noise in the background, whether it’s my iTunes playlist, the TV, or the bustle of the folks at my local bar. Nothing kills my creativity more effectively than silence.

I’ve heard of several authors who listen to music when they write too, some of them even referencing a soundtrack of sorts that they feel fits a specific title or section of a book, helping to develop the mood. Personally, I don’t find that the mood of my writing is influenced by a particular genre or tone of the music I listen to while crafting it, but I have noticed that I am my most creative when I listen to instrumental music such as the work of Lindsey Stirling (I love that girl!) or movie and WoW soundtracks. Maybe it’s because I’m inclined to sing along with music while listening to it and that interrupts my flow, or because it’s easier for instrumental pieces to simply fade away and become background noise. Either way, the words seems to flow like water from my fingertips when I’ve got nothing but the sound of violins and drums in my ears.

So here are my questions for you today, dear readers… Do you listen to music while you write? And if you do, does it influence the mood/tone of your writing?