Inspiration is an elusive muse; sometimes when I’m writing I need a little help to focus my mind and invoke the emotion that will cause the words to flow.
Listening to music is a great way to do that. I love all kinds of bands and artists, some cooler than others, but I find that melancholy songs most inspire my creative side.
Here are just a few of my favourite writing songs:
- Running Up That Hill, Placebo
- Roland, Interpol
- Nostalgia, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
- Intermission, Nine Black Alps
- Spiegel im Spiegel, Arvo Pӓrt
- Skinny Love, Bon Iver
- Angels, The XX
- Exit Music (For a Film), Radiohead
- The Absentee, The Boxer Rebellion
- Jar of Hearts, Christina Perri
- Modern Drift, Efterklang
- Video Games, Lana del Ray
- So Here We Are, Bloc Party
- The New, Interpol
- I’ll Be Your Lover Too, Rob Pattinson
- Thirteen Senses, Into the Fire
- Come Here, Kath Bloom
- Machines, Biffy Clyro
- Glycerine (Acoustic), Bush
- Wires, Athlete
- Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley
- On Call, Kings of Leon
- Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division
- To Be Free, Emiliana Torrini
- I Saw a Light, Bat for Lashes
There are lots more songs that I listen to when I’m writing. It’s not just the mood that helps, I quite often get ideas for a story from song lyrics; they’re great for conjuring flashes of imagery, like poetry but more intense.
Of course, everyone has different taste, but I’d love to hear your recommendations for great writing songs.