Monday, March 12, 2012

Inspiration...



I've been thinking about what inspires me recently, and while the visual certainly moves me (check out my Pinterest if you don't believe me http://pinterest.com/amberafterglow/) music really is the key to my soul and to my writing.  If you're my friend on Facebook, you'll already know that I post music like crazy!  So in honor of the music that touches me, I thought I'd post a few videos of my favorite songs and list my playlist as it is right now.

Please Don't Go by Barcelona


All You Wanted by Alison Sudol & Sounds Under Radio

Bloodstream by Stateless


What The Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine


Fade Into You by Mazzy Star


Poison and Wine by The Civil Wars


Turning Page by Sleeping At Last

Sail by AWOLNATION


This next video I want to preface with saying that it is my villain song.  I heard this one night while watching Malice in Wonderland on Netflix, and it was like magic.  It just fit the scenes I was writing.  The Hubs upon hearing the song and how much I loved it, "You scare me sometimes, you know that?"

Bring Back Her Head by Angelica


My full Playlist is heavy on all things Florence + The Machine and The Civil Wars…I heart them both beyond comprehension. Both are amazingly talented and I've yet to hear a bad song from either,  but for the list below I've only added a few of my favorites from them!



Please Don't Go - Barcelona
All You Wanted -  (TVD soundtrack) Alison Sudol & Sounds Under Radio
Black Tables - Other Lives
Skinny Love - Birdy
Shelter - Birdy (Actually can't wait for her cd to be released in US, all of it is so good!)
Bloodstream- (TVD soundtrack) Stateless
What the Water Gave Me - Florence and the Machine
Binding - Florence and the Machine
Only If For a Night - Florence and the Machine
Heavy in Your Arms - Florence and the Machine
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (Breaking Dawn soundtrack)
Turning Page - Sleeping At Last (Breaking Dawn soundtrack)
Requiem On Water - Imperial Mammoth (Breaking Dawn soundtrack)
Cold - Aqualung & Lucy Schartz (Breaking Dawn soundtrack)
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (Breaking Dawn soundtrack)
Arms - Christina Perri
Tragedy - Christina Perri
The Funeral - Band of Horses
Slow Life - Grizzly Bear
Poison and Wine - The Civil Wars 
Falling - The Civil Wars
Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine
Safety Rope - Mick Flannery
Turn to Stone - Ingrid Michaelson
Changes - Stars
Sail - AWOLNATION
How It Ends - DeVotchKa
Wake Up - Arcade Fire
Breathe Me - Sia
Lullaby - Sia
My Love - Sia
I Go to Sleep - Sia
Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg
So Cold - Ben Cocks
Human - Civil Twilight
Cut - Plumb (TVD soundtrack)
This Woman's Work - Greg Laswell (although I love the Kate Bush version just as much)
Down - Jason Walker (TVD soundtrack)
Head Over Heels - Digital Daggers (TVD soundtrack) (remake of Tears for Fears that I love)
Wires - Athlete
The Story - Brandi Carlise
Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
Mad World - Gary Jules
Possibility- Lykee Li
Tonight - Lykee Li
Falling Slowly - The Swell Season
Need - Hana Pestle
The Greatest - Cat Power



I also want to link a recent post by Daisy on Rules for Dialogue because it was so good and helped me immensely! So head over to Fresh As A Daisy and check it out!


Also two awesome giveaways:
1. Carrie at Where I Get Wordy is having a giveaway for Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
2. Sparkling Reviews is holding a $500 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. This is not a joke….go enter!


Hope I've managed to inspire you even a teensy bit.  Be sure to let me know if you liked any of these songs, or if any are already on your playlist.  Till next time...

8 comments:

  1. I sooo cannot write to music! I have to watch tv shows or I'll get distracted by the music (I just want to dance). I love your playlist and I usually do one for my books, but after it's written!! Inspiring post nonetheless. I will have to check out the songs!

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    1. I can't write to TV! It is so distracting and I get involved with the show, even if it is just one of my boys cartoons!!!

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  2. Love your music! I write to music some days, some days not. It depends on the mood. But music is SO MUCH of my inspiration, so even when I'm not writing, music makes me think of my characters. Several of your songs are on my playlists, especially Death Cab and Iron and Wine and Christina Perri and Lykke Li.

    Thanks for posting a link to my blog! I'm so glad you found it helpful!

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    1. I'm the same way. There are always certain scenes that I need complete silence to write. But music is so integral to get my creative juices flowing. Some of my best ideas have come from driving somewhere mundane, like the grocery store, with my music blaring. My WIP is always running through my head!

      I had to link the post, because I loved it! I was so helpful!

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  3. You have awesome taste in music! Florence and the Machine is some of my favorite writing music too :)

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    1. Thanks pengwendolen! Love Florence and the Machine beyond words!

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  4. You have great taste in music, girl! And I am seeing lots of songs from the TVD soundtrack. Loveesss it :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer…you know I heart TVD!!!!

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