Music Monday – Once Upon a Dream – Lana Del Rey

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicSo, last week, I happened to stumble upon the best and eeriest version of “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty. It was re-recorded by the talented Lana Del Rey for the Maleficent soundtrack.

maleficent-lana-del-ray-once-upon-a-dreamTo be honest, I’ve always considered “Once Upon a Dream” silly and cheesy. Hello, it was recorded for a 1959 Disney cartoon. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney cartoons, and Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorites). But this updated version is just…creepy. And sad. But, that’s probably because when I listen to it, I’m thinking about my characters. This song seems to taunt them and mock their crazy, messed up lives. And I love it! I find so much inspiration in that mockery…Weird, I know. Maybe even a little mean. But sometimes I need that kind of cruel inspiration. It makes my conflicts and emotions feel truer when I go to translate them to paper.

0So here you go! Here is the new (and improved) version of Sleeping Beauty’s “Once Upon a Dream”:

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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