Music Monday – I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys

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-musicGood news, everyone: I’m in the groove again! This past weekend, I set aside every and all distraction and wrote…and wrote and wrote and wrote. In fact, I was so into my manuscript, I had to force myself to stop yesterday to run errands and get out of the house for a few hours.

One of the things that helped me get pumped up and back on track was listening to “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys.

DKMThis song captures the essence of the chapters I’m currently working on: revenge, betrayal, anger, terror. It also lends excellent motivation for when I’m choreographing any fight scenes, and during this past weekend, I worked on two that were brimming with kicks, chops, and punches.

So, if you’re looking for a song that inspires “Ahh!”, “Grrr…”, and “hi-yah!”, check out “I’m Shipping Up To Boston!”

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 – Somethin’ Bad – Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Welcome to Music Monday! Yes, I know it’s not Monday, but I was out of town yesterday, so I’m breaking the rules…Yeah, I’m rebellious like that.

 

writing-to-musicThis past weekend I went to Aspen for the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience. And it was awesome! Not only did I have a great time with my mom and sister, but I was able to kick back, relax, and bask in some beautiful Colorado scenery while listening to one of my favorite musicians, Carrie Underwood.

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10639534_10101749910537243_1052369699624072132_nTo be honest, I’m not a huge concert fan. I always seem to get stuck next to the drunk idiot dancing, screaming, and grabbing at everyone around them while exhaling fumes of cigarettes and beer (Grrrrr…and BARF!). But the JAS music festival was surprisingly organized and tamed. It had a pleasant family/community vibe to it, and those who were on the crazier side kept to themselves and respected the rest of us.

It’s the best concert experience I’ve ever had.

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Me and my favorite beta reader–my mom!
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My sister bundled up and ready for the concert!

As for Carrie Underwood’s performance, it was amazing! Upbeat, energetic, entertaining. My sister wrote down all of the songs she performed to make a CD later, and she counted 22 by the end of the night. That’s crazy! Carrie Underwood definitely doesn’t waste time during her concerts. She sings her booty off.

I also have to give Carrie Underwood extra props for handling Aspen’s high altitude. Only once during the show did she appear winded. It happened during the early part of the night. She made a joke about the altitude before trying to set up the next song. Just a few breathless words in she stopped, laughed, and turned to her band. “Oh, forget the setup,” she panted. “Let’s just do this.” It was funny. And totally understandable. I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life and I can tell you: it’s not easy to breathe here, especially if you’re not used to it. In fact, I’ve heard most artists who come to town need oxygen tanks to get them through their performances.

15717227-standardNow, although I love all of Carrie Underwood’s songs, there were two I couldn’t stop listening to during the four-hour drive home yesterday. Both gave me oodles of inspiration for my manuscript: “Two Black Cadillacs” and “Somethin’ Bad” .

I flipped a coin and went with “Somethin’ Bad”, Carrie Underwood’s latest hit with country star, Miranda Lambert.

Carrie-Underwood-Miranda-Lambert-Somethin-Bad-Video_2014-06-24_18-12-10This song has so much energy and attitude, it makes me want to stand up and dance around with a “Whatcha ya lookin’ at punk?” expression. Don’t worry, I don’t do that…Well, unless I’m alone and nobody can mock me for acting like an idiot 😉 But, seriously, I love taking the badass emotions I feel while listening to this song and pouring them into my characters. It makes writing their rebellious, “whatever” moments easier, more enjoyable, and a lot of fun.

I also love the lyrics, “…somethin’ bad about to happen”. I’ve been working on some of the climatic chapters in my book recently, and “somethin’ bad about to happen” is definitely a theme. There’s lots of suspense, lots of dread, and lots of “dun, dun, dun”.

So, if you’re looking for a song that’s full of attitude, check out “Somethin’ Bad” by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert!

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.

Photo credits: 

http://michaelgalvis.com/

http://photos.syracuse.com/post-standard/2014/08/2014_nys_fair_concert_carrie_underwood_7.html

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Music Monday – Downtown – Petula Clark

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.

001603-black-paint-splatter-icon-media-music-eighth-notesMy Dad loves music, particularly Oldies. When I was a kid, he’d often quiz me and my two siblings. A song would come on the radio and he’d ask, “Who sings it?” Of course, I’d never know, so I’d always guess The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, and finally, out of sheer desperation, Buddy Holly…Yeah, I kinda stunk at remembering the smaller bands/artists.

image.phpDespite my poor performance during my Dad’s impromptu quizzes, I grew to love his music. I especially fell for the Malt Shop classics. Not only do they make me think of summer BBQ’s and crazy family road trips, but they offer a surprising amount of writing inspiration.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with “Downtown” by Petula Clark.

petula365I’m not sure what it is about this song, but it just makes me want to write. It’s upbeat, cheery, and fun. Yet, at the same time, it’s dark and eerie…Yeah, totally weird and random, I know. And I’m positive I’m the only one who thinks this way. But I can’t help it. Whenever I hear this song, I sense a dark, menacing undertone. A creepy, chilling whisper that would play as perfect background music to a scene that’s anything but upbeat, cheery, and fun.

It’s sort of like this opening scene in the TV show Flash Forward.

I suppose it’s one of those yin-yang things? Happy, lighthearted tunes can make a devastating, suspenseful, frightening scene even more devastating, suspenseful, and frightening.

Anyways, if you’d like to listen to “Downtown” by Petula Clark, here you go! It’s definitely one of my “Oldies but Goodies” favorites.

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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