What am I listening to this week?

I am always on the hunt for new music. Especially music with great lyrics that inspire me and have an awesome sound.

I need a song that knocks me in the gut and leaves me reeling for days.  I’ve recently found two of these types of songs.

First up: Habits by Tove Lo

This is fucking amazing video, first off. The vocals are the best I’ve heard in YEARS. She’s such an amazing singer. I can’t wait until she’s got a full length album.  I really feel like there’s a Swedish music invasion on the horizon.

And the hook is so freaking infectious! I also love how it’s a different and fresh take on a broken heart. I love it.

Not to mention it perfectly sums up my main character in my novel. Could be her theme song.

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Second song: Daniel Croll – Nowhere and the Remix

He’s an English lad who won songwriter of the year from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and was one of 8 students from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to have a one on one with Paul McCartney.  Damn. And he’s only 22.

I love his sound. It feels like swimming in summer. The guitar slides are mesmerizing. His voice is sterile sounding in a good way. It also seems to float above the sound like a traveling cloud. Also his other tracks are great too. I love compliment your soul, wanna know, and ghost. I can’t stop listening to him.

Check him out.

Got any tracks that you’re stuck on this week? Leave me suggestions in the comments.

 

Top 5 songs that get me pumped to write

I’ve decided to post on Wednesdays and Saturdays instead of Sundays. No matter how hard I try, Sunday’s end up being novel writing/critique day. And then Walking dead or Dexter or Copper, Mad Men, or True Blood happens.

Music is my everything. I need to have a soundtrack to every scene I write. It’s incredibly hard to write without music. Can’t hear the emotion of the scene.

But I need to get into the mood to write.

This can be incredibly difficult after a long day of no writer things. How do I get in the right space to write?

Tunes! I got my top 5 jams that get me pumped, awake me, and get me anxious to write. Now these top 5 songs changes monthly, and I’m always looking for recommendations for new music. I also use Spotify for my free streaming service. I like Pandora’s radio better but I prefer to listen to music when I want to, not when Pandora allows me to play it. I want the power.

I tend to prefer dance/electronic music. Most of these tunes will fall into that genre.

Let’s get to the tracks and I can get back to finishing my current scene before the daily show starts.

5) Oblivion – Grimes

Grimes is fairly new to me. And it was love at first note. Her voice is airy and angelic and the melody is incredibly haunting. And the middle of the song takes it to an entirely new level. It helps me open my mind to let the creative juices pour in. I haven’t even made it through this entire album. I keep getting stuck on a couple of songs.  I can feel the words bubbling up in me right now. Or maybe that’s the greasy Mexican chips I ate earlier..

Also check out her other songs: Genesis and be a body

4) Mason Vs Princess Superstar – Perfect Exceeder

Now I’m stepping it up a notch. I’ve heard this for years and had no idea who it was until an awesome friend of mine sent it to me. I love the sound of this song. The whirling up, down, and all around, a rollercoster of sound. And it’s full of attitude!  It’s got lots of spunk. Comes in super handy when I’m writing a particularly snarky or sassy scene. I can feel it in my bones, forcing me to move.  It’s okay to give in.

3) Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix (Extended Explicit)

It’s getting real! This is an avalanche of sound. It hits you in waves over and over again. I once wrote 1,000 words to this song on repeat!   Icould’ve sworn smoke billowed from my keyboard at one point. It’s also great if you have to write a party scene. Oddly enough this song was on the Project X soundtrack. I made fun of that movie but it has a crazy awesome soundtrack.

Also check out Kid Cudi. He’s an amazing artist. Got the most amazing beats.

Now we are in the top 2. Proceed only if you can handle mind blowing sounds.

2) Overdose – Lady Radio Mix (from the Party Monster soundtrack)

I love this song for several reasons. It helps me when I have to write a drug scene or writing a certain character in my novel. The song is so wonderfully 90’s club music. Ironically, Party Monster was set in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I also enjoyed the Party Monster despite the negative reviews. I thought the cast was great and it’s a movie worth watching.

Ready? My number 1 song to to get pumped to write is..

1) Sweet nothing – Calvin Harris featuring Florence and the Machine

I’ve loved Calvin Harris since his first album. If you haven’t checked it out, go, now, hurry. Freaking amazing. This song blows me away on so many levels. Florence’s vocals get inside me and move around. She’s one of the best mainstream female singers right now. And awesome Harris music is such a perfect compliment to the vocals. It makes me want to jump up and down and shake all over. I’ve played this over and over for hours on end. This song pumps me up to write, work out, get up, drive to work and start my day. I think it could even make taking out the trash awesome.

Also check out these other songs by Calvin Harris: Acceptable in the 80’s, Feel so close, Bounce, We found love, anything from his “I created Disco” album.

Songs that almost made the list: Yamaha by Delta Spirit and Gimme by Donnis

Now you know my list. I’d love to hear what songs put you in the mood to write!