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.
On my way home from work last Friday, I decided to put my iPod on shuffle (1800+ songs). For the first half of my drive, nothing grabbed my attention. It all sounded the same and blah, blah, blah. Then a song I haven’t heard in years popped up and I was obsessed with it all weekend.
Avril Lavigne’s “Take Me Away” has so many of the components I need to get motivated: rhythm, tone, lyrics. I actually used to listen to it all the time while writing in the past, but–somehow–I’d forgotten about it. I’m so happy I stumbled upon it again!
My favorite thing about this song is its raw emotions. While listening to it, I’m able to experience anger, sorrow, desperation, defeat, frustration…And then I’m able to take those darker feelings and infuse them into my work.
And, of course, I love this song’s lyrics. Whether it’s one line or many, I always find something in “Take Me Away” to spark my imagination and help with whatever story I’m working on.
All the pain I thought I knew
All the thoughts lead back to you
Back to what was never said
Back and forth inside my head
I can’t handle this confusion
I’m unable; come and take me away
So, if you’re looking for a song to help inspire those darker, rawer emotions, check out “Take Me Away” by Avril Lavigne.
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.