Music Monday – I Feel Everything – Idina Menzel

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-musicSo, I haven’t been doing a ton of writing the past week. I’ve been mostly reading and critiquing stories on the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge forum.

However, after watching Idina Menzel perform the National Anthem last night during the Super Bowl, I decided to share one of my favorite songs of hers. For years, “I Feel Everything” has been on almost every “book” playlist I’ve created. No matter what story I’m living in, this song inspires me.

*A funny/ironic side note: This morning, while writing this post, I got a notification that Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter. After an “OMG!” fangirl moment, I almost deleted what I’d written and chose a different song. But then I thought, “Yeah, like Taye Diggs is going to 1) visit your blog and read this post and 2) care you chose one of his ex-wife’s songs to spotlight.” And if he does…er…sorry! I’m too swamped to start over with a different song–ha! Plus, I love “I Feel Everything” and I want to share it with you. 

41TUgArKtyL“I Feel Everything” is brimming with emotion and power. In fact, whenever I’m writing a scene that revolves around rage, revenge, or a big fight, I’ll blast this song (usually a few times in a row). It’s one of those songs where the more you listen to it, the more it moves you.

And, of course, the lyrics are amazing and always give me something to use to add depth to a plot or character.

When you can’t be touched
When you can’t be loved
When you fall apart
When you have no heart
I feel everything

Idina_Menzel_general_6_credit_Robin_WongSo, if you’re looking for “one of those songs” that always lends inspiration, check out “I Feel Everything” by Idina Menzel!

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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11 thoughts on “Music Monday – I Feel Everything – Idina Menzel

  1. Well, I normally have a song in return but as I type this I don’t I think in part because this one just tip toed, no, stomped all over the rawness that I am these days. But it’s been a few minutes now while I listened to it again. A song in my play list did come to mind as I added yours to it. It’s a John Legend song called You & I. I was torn between that one and Made to Love. The old brain of this old man hasn’t been great in decision making but I picked You & I and decided why not simply say You & I were Made to Love. Both links are here.

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    1. Haha, yeah, a little TOO much traffic. I have so many stories to read/critique in return. AHHHH! (*hides under desk*)…I actually saw your thread on the forum yesterday and thought, “Oooh!” lol. I might have to break protocol and skip over to yours before I finish reading those who’ve commented on mine. I’m sure it’s awesome!

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      1. I only have a few that I owe, but I tend to spend at least an hour per review… 🙂

        I’ll be dropping a review on you in the next few days I hope.

        I’m interested to hear what you think. The critiques I’ve gotten so far have been pretty short, but they’ve given me some ideas of things to touch up and expand upon.

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      2. I’m with you. Each review takes me about an hour, and I’ve already had to write 32…and I still have 15 to go. AHHHHH! My head hurts, lol. Thank goodness we have over a month to read/review these before the results! I’ll need all that time to get these done.

        Yeah, overall, my reviews have been positive. I’ve had two (rather intense) negative ones. Those are always a joy 😉 HAHA! Oh well. Can’t please everyone, right?

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      3. So true. Art is incredibly subjective. I take all of the criticisms into consideration, and often make adjustments. Ultimately, though, it’s my story and I need to make sure the essence is there. It is wonderful to get feedback, though. Things that are completely fleshed out in my head don’t always come out on paper…

        Do you ever find when reviewing stories that there will be loads of “This was great! I love your writing style.” reviews, and then you read it and think, “Umm, this needs a lot of work.” I wonder if I am overly picky, have different tastes, or the others are just doing quick and lazy reviews.

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      4. I usually make adjustments based off the most common complaints/nitpicks. I will, of course, consider those uncommon ones, but I’ve learned I can’t take EVERYTHING to heart. Like you said, it’s my story and I need to maintain its essence.

        I think a lot of people are terrified to give a negative review of any kind. Even if it’s helpful, they refrain to point out problems because they don’t want to step on any toes. Which is unfortunate because, as much as it might sting, we need to hear what the flaws in our stories are. How else will we learn and grow?

        I often feel like a party pooper on the forum because I sweep in and give a rounded review (which includes “nitpicks”). But, come on. With only 8 days (or less) to write a story, there are always problems in a story to be addressed. I rarely read a “perfect” one. And, honestly? When someone says mine is near perfect, I laugh because I know it’s not. In fact, I had a list of revisions before I posted the darn thing, hahaha.

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      5. Absolutely! It’s been a while, but I took a couple of short story classes in college, and had to sit through reviews and people didn’t hold back. I learned a lot.

        Feedback was one of the main reasons I entered this competition. As much as I like compliments, thoughtful criticism only makes me better.

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