I make no secret that I often use music to fuel my writing. I’m sure I come by this need honestly. Music has been influencing me for a very long time – since I started dancing at age five. There’s something about words and beat and melody that just make my muscles move, whether I want them to or not. Apparently, it has the same effect on the creative centers in my brain.
People ask me all the time how I can listen to music with lyrics (often loud enough so others can hear it even though my earbuds are stuffed inside my ears). And I just shrug. The lyrics don’t bother me. Actually, more often than not I don’t even hear them when the words are flowing from my fingertips. That’s not to say I don’t study lyrics, because I do. Music is the modern day version of poetry so I like to pay attention to what I’m listening to. But once that switch flips inside my brain and I start writing I block everything out.
Actually, I think the act of blocking out the lyrics helps me block out everything else as well. Although the mood and emotion of the song filters through even if the specifics don’t. I have different playlists for different scenes, characters, stories and moods. Some songs are universally on all, but some aren’t.
Anyway, I’m always looking for new artists or songs to add to my playlists. So with that in mind, I thought I’d start a new weekly feature – Music Mondays. Each Monday I’ll share a song that’s on my current playlist. Occasionally a video. Sometimes I’ll probably share what project or scene it’s attached to, but sometimes not. It just depends. 🙂
Today, I’m sharing Demons by Imagine Dragons. I love everything this group does, but this is the first song of theirs I bought. It’s been on several of my playlists lately and I even mention the group in the paranormal YA I’ve been working on. I hope you enjoy it!
And please, feel free to share. I’m always looking for new artists.
Hugs & Kisses,