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.
The past few days, I’ve been listening to one of my favorite musicals, Next to Normal. This is, by far, the most emotionally charged musical I’ve ever seen. In fact, I remember leaving the theater so choked up, it took me most of the 30-minute drive home to pull it together. Nowadays, I’m not such a mess when I listen to it, but I’m still moved–inspired! And since I’ve been lacking inspiration with my manuscript lately, I’ve decided to turn this soundtrack on and let its stimulating lyrics and rock n’ roll beat move me into action.
Out of all the awesome songs on the Next to Normal soundtrack, my favorite is the reprisal of my second favorite song, “I’m Alive”. It might be short, but I love this track for many reasons: First, Aaron Tveit’s voice. I’ve always imagined one of my characters with this voice, so I bask in it. Second, the lyrics. They’re not always relevant to where I’m at in a story, but they’re always haunting, so I find inspiration in them anyways. And third, the pacing of the song. It’s very much like how I write my stories: starts off gentle and low, and gradually builds, builds–BOOM!
So, without further ado, here is “I’m Alive (reprise)”:
I am more than memory
I am what might be, I am mystery
Come closer, come closer
I am old as time, and forever young
I am every song that will stay unsung
I’ll find you, remind you
Until you name me, you can’t tame me
This is one old game that I can play so well
I’m alive, I’m alive, I am so alive
The medicine failed and the doctors lie
I’m alive, I’m alive, I am death-defied
I’m alive, so alive
For those interested, here is the full version of “I’m Alive”:
What song are you in love with right now? Let me know! I’m always looking for new inspiration.