Music Monday – Explosions – Ellie Goulding

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-musicOver the past year, I’ve made three playlists for my manuscript, each one with approximately 30-50 songs. Since I made the third one a couple of months ago, I’ve been listening to it way more than the others. Like, a lot more. Like, I’ve been listening to nothing else.

A few days ago, I realized I was no longer finding inspiration in any of the songs on that playlist. So, I decided to switch back to the first one I made in hopes of finding fresh inspiration on it.

And I did!

“Explosions” by Ellie Goulding popped up and I was swept away.

Ellie-Goulding-ExplosionsI’m not sure what it is about this song–or any of Ellie Goulding’s songs for that matter–but it always transports me into whatever other world I’m living in. “Explosions” has a magical combination of lyrics, rhythm, and tone that inspires me every time I hear it. It’s also bursting with raw emotion, which is exactly what I need to hear right now as I work on the current chapters in my book.


I have many favorites by Ellie Goulding, but “Explosions” is at the top of the list. And right now, it’s my number one pick. So, go ahead and give it a listen to see if it inspires you too!

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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5 thoughts on “Music Monday – Explosions – Ellie Goulding

  1. Hmm . . . Strangely I have been listening to a lot of Hall & Oates. There live acoustic and interview performances where they tell the stories behind the songs. I tried to do the same with MatchBox Twenty but Rob has this way of talking that is beyond annoying. Darryl and John are classics, legends and so comfortable with who they are they can get you in this smooth move and then pep you up with something. The stories behind the songs are better than the songs at times. You hear a song and don’t realize there is so much more behind it.

    Much Love and Respect to My Friend

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  2. I’m in the process of compiling a playlist for my upcoming NaNo writing so I’m sorting through my songs, trying to find ones that feel right for the story I plan on writing. So far, I’m blank. 😦

    My fallback soundtracks are Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and Phantom of the Opera. They both relax me enough that I loosen up and write.


    1. My playlists usually start off really small, and most of the time the songs I choose aren’t ones that “inspire” me. But then as I listen to more and more music, I add more and more songs to my playlists, and before I know it, I have hundreds, lol. You’ll know the “right” songs when you hear them. I promise!

      I love the Phantom of the Opera. So much drama, conflict, and beauty to motivate my writing! I’ll have to check out Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. I’m sure the orchestration is lovely. Thank you!

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      1. My son played parts of Romeo and Juilet with one of the ordhestras he was in and after sitting in on a rehearsal where they practiced the same parts over and over I fell in love with it.

        I will be getting to work on the playlist very soon!

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