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.
This past week, I became obsessed with the song “Always Starting Over” from the new Broadway musical, If/Then. When I first heard Idina Menzel sing this song at this year’s Tony Awards, I wasn’t thrilled about it. I thought it was good and Idina Menzel did an amazing job singing it, but it didn’t grab my attention.
Well, I decided to give “Always Starting Over” another shot last week, and…whoa. I don’t know what I was doing/thinking when I first heard it during the Tony’s, but it blew my socks off this second time.
“Always Starting Over” is such a dramatic, emotional, human driven song. Every time I listen to it, I’m filled with frustration, anger, desperation, and heartache. And those are some emotions I definitely need to tap into while I’m developing my characters and the conflicts they’re facing.
So, if you’re looking for a song that delivers real human emotion to your story, check out “Always Starting Over”. And, I urge you to listen to it more than once. I promise, it’ll get more and more powerful with each playing.
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.