Music Monday – Ghost – Ella Henderson

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-musicYes, I’m fully aware I’ve used “Ghost” as a previous Music Monday feature. But it was my number one inspiration this past weekend as I worked on my second round submission for the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2015, so I had to use it again!

20140430100120!Ella_Henderson_-_GhostLast Friday, I woke up and looked at my assigned genre for round two:

Ghost Story…Gag!

Although it wasn’t the worst genre I could’ve received, it was definitely on my “Do Not Want” list. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with a ghost story that’s original and surprising. Thankfully, on my way to work, I remembered I’d thought of a concept months before–a concept inspired by Ella Henderson’s “Ghost”.

I ended up watching the music video of “Ghost” over and over again while developing my story. I couldn’t help it. Every time I watched/listened to it, my foggy plot sharpened and my vague characters came to life. Between the imagery, the tone, and the lyrics, “Ghost” had everything I needed to get me motivated to write my story.

Each time that I think you go
I turn around and you’re creeping in
And I let you under my skin
‘Cause I love living in the sin

I highly recommend you watch/listen to “Ghost” by Ella Henderson. It’s great inspiration for all kinds of stories (not just ghost ones).

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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Music Monday – Ghost – Ella Henderson

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-musicLast week, a friend sent me an awesome song to listen to (one that I’ll likely use for a future Music Monday feature). While listening to it, I noticed another music video on the YouTube sidebar. I’m not sure what it was that drew my attention to it–the song’s title, perhaps?–but I decided to click on it and give it a listen.

Now. I’m. Obsessed!

20140430100120!Ella_Henderson_-_Ghost“Ghost” by Ella Henderson is my new favorite song. I actually had to do some Googling to find out who Ella Henderson even was. I’d never heard of her before. Turns out she was a finalist on The X Factor…Yeah, a lot of you out there probably already knew that. Shocker, I’ve been living under a rock while I’ve been writing. 😉

Anyway, I love this song for many reasons: Ella’s deep, rich, beautiful voice. The addicting rhythm and beat. The powerful and haunting lyrics.

b8401f09b384bb46777662e7ad1c2b80The words in this song provoke so much emotion, and also provide oodles of inspiration. I keep replaying them in my mind and thinking of ways to use them to fuel my work.

Boy you never told me
True love was going to hurt
True pain I don’t deserve
Truth is that I never learn

Another reason I love this song? The music video. Talk about a writer’s candy shop. It’s dark, gritty, suspenseful, sad, hopeful, scary, tragic…The images automatically kick my brain into creative mode, and story idea after story idea pops into my head. All I want to do while watching it is grab a piece of paper and start writing!

So, if you’re looking for a fantastic song and music video to inspire you, check out “Ghost” by Ella Henderson.

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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