Music Monday – Cell Block Tango – Chicago

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-musicFor the first time in a long time, I’ve been excited to sit down, open up a manuscript, and write. Besides loving my plot and crazy characters, I have music to thank for my surge in motivation. I’ve come across so many great songs lately! So many, in fact, I had a tough time deciding which one to choose for this week’s Music Monday.

After a lot of debating, I finally decided to go with “Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago.

cover-2Last week, I probably listened/watched this song on YouTube at least a dozen times. I couldn’t get enough of it! It has so many of the darker emotions and elements I need to feel while writing my story: Fury. Vengeance. Denial. Murder.

*cue evil laughter* 😉

What makes this song extra powerful is the performance of it. As I watch the dancers in the video below, I can see my characters and I can feel their wrath. Their twisted righteousness, their satisfaction, their spite…

So, I said to him,
I said, “you pop that
gum one more time…”
and he did.
So I took the shotgun off the wall
and I fired two warning shots…
…into his head.

So, if you’re looking for a song that brings out the dark side of your plot and characters, check out “Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago.

In case there are technical glitches with the video above, here’s another one that should work: “Cell Block Tango”.

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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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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