Music Monday – Elastic Heart – Sia

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, I decided to push pause on my new novel to first finish revising a short story I wrote for last year’s NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. I began rewriting this piece back in February, but both life and exhaustion kept me from finishing it. So, now that I have the energy and peace of mind to focus, I’m going to.

To help inspire me, I’ve been watching the music video for Sia’s “Elastic Heart”–a lot.

sia___elastic_heart__2__by_letmebeheezus-d8eysd8In a nutshell, my story is about two crazies trying to off each other. So, I need to find things that inspire my inner psycho. And this music video definitely does. Shia LaBeouf and Maggie Ziegler’s movements, facial expressions, and emotions spark the exact feelings I need to experience to write my story.

Another reason I love this video is its meaning. Just like my main character, Shia LaBeouf is forced to face his inner demons (Maggie Ziegler), and then battle to overcome them. And that battle involves a wide range of emotions: fear, anxiety, denial, courage, pity, curiosity, pain, rage…It all adds up to a powerful and moving display. And watching it makes me feel closer to my main character and his struggles.

So, if you’re looking for a video that has edge, emotion, and a splash of insanity, then check out “Elastic Heart” by Sia!

And if you’d like to watch the making of this video, as well as understand its meaning better, click here!

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 – Chandelier – Sia

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-musicI’ve spent the last couple of weeks taking a break from writing. I needed one after killing myself to finish my latest draft of my manuscript, and then killing myself to write a story for the first round of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2015.

As I’ve regained my strength and sanity, I’ve decided to take a few more weeks off from my manuscript to revise/expand one of the short stories I wrote during last year’s NYC Midnight SSC: “Over the Edge”.

To help me get back in the groove with this deranged-filled story, I’ve been listening to Sia’s “Chandelier”. (Well, and “Elastic Heart”, but I could only pick one for today’s Music Monday.)

sia-chandelier-cover-artWhen I first watched “Chandelier”s music video on YouTube a few months ago, I thought, “Meh, it’s okay.” Then it popped back up on my playlist a couple of weeks ago and–boom! Obsessed!

There’s something so raw and, well, weird about Sia’s work. I can’t help but be motivated by it.

Now, I’ll fully admit, my favorite thing about “Chandelier” is its music video and the dancer, Maddie Ziegler. I’ve never been so inspired by the art of dance. And I’ve never been able to use it to see my characters better.

Ziegler’s movements and expressions portray everything my characters are: Controlled, yet wild. Liberated, yet trapped. Stable, yet insane! It’s all so well done, and every time I watch it, I just want to stop what I’m doing and write!

So, if you’re looking to be inspired by music and dance, check out “Chandelier” by Sia!

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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