Writing to the Beat

October 26, 2017

 

Whenever I start a new writing project, I select a new playlist. After spending months with my hockey and baseball players, I was returning to my rock stars. 

 

But when it came to the music, I was coming up empty. I didn't have a playlist.

Aaahhh! (Cue the panic button.)

 

Usually, selecting music for my playlists is easy. (Often, it's a single song on continual repeat.) But I couldn't find the right mood. I know a lot of that had to do with other events in my life that were draining my energy and pulling at my attention. And writing under those conditions is super hard. I needed some inspiration--FAST. 

 

And so, I turned to Youtube.

 

In this book, my rock stars are going on tour, so I searched out some live concert inspiration. And here is a sample of what I found:

 

Have you heard Babymetal singing with Rob Halford (of Judas Priest) at the 2016 APMAs? Dude, it's awesome. I love everything about it. 

 

 

I am enjoying the Foo Fighters' new Concrete and Gold album. And I so loved this clip, from the 2017 Summer Sonic festival, where they brought Rick Astley on stage:

 

 

And then there's Guns N Roses from their Not In This Lifetime tour, singing with Pink:

 

 

And one more. This one's a little older, but I love it. A duet with Amy Lee from Evanescence and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm:

 

 

I'm happy to report that these, along with countless other live performances, helped a lot. 

This book's playlist is pretty eclectic, but it's rejuvenated me along the way. Music has the power to inspire and to heal, and I'm grateful it did both.

 

 

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