Good morning! For anyone who doesn’t know, the Saturday morning cup is a feature on the blog in which I discuss random, non-bookish, often personal and/or vulnerable topics(though it’s open to anything, so sometimes are less serious than others!). Today’s morning cup is once again about writing, which does sometimes become a frequent topic for these beverage chats, but today I want to share some songs I’d like to write like.
What do I mean by this? These are the songs that inspire me, creatively, in their entirety. Now, there are songs I like to write to, and songs that inspire certain story ideas, but the following ones are not those. No, these are a rarer breed. There the songs that whenever I hear them, they make me want to write in a way that inspires the same emotion I get from listening in others. They make me want to create, to dream, and to imagine. They are few, and far between. I have maybe FIVE songs I really like that fit this category, but I thought I’d share my top two with you today– they’re the songs that instantly come to mind whenever I think of this topic.
#1. Below My Feet by Mumford & Sons
I don’t know what it is about this song, but SHIVERS. Every time. I feel like it just GETS me. This is one of my most played songs on my iTunes, if not THE most, but I have yet to tire of it. No matter how many times I hear it, it never loses it’s emotional impact. By the end of the song, it just sounds so. . . all-encompassing. Like it’s taken the whole world and made it into music.
#2. Land of the Living–Matthew Perryman Jones
Well, first off, I tried to find a video with just the album art, but it didn’t exist. BUT this song. Ah, this song. It just makes me feel so ALIVE, in a creative sense. I feel like the type of feeling “alive” when you get an adrenaline rush and you just want to run or ride a roller-coaster or do anything that basically amps up all your emotions. Then, there’s another way of feeling alive, and it’s a little bit more subdued, but it’s the feeling of being alive when I want to CREATE things. I think I like this song because there’s so many biblical allusions and imagery(not preachy, don’t worry. It’d be very easy to overlook them if I didn’t know they were there), and so I never feel like I QUITE actually understand it. It’s one of those things were I feel like I’m on the brink of understanding, and then the chorus or a verse starts, and I discover a new depth. It just makes me feel like there’s always MORE to discover. (Also, Matthew Perryman Jones’ music in general is very good at inspiring creativity, and his songs are supremely well-written. I highly recommend checking out more if this is your sort of music).
Your cup: So I’ve shared the music that inspires me in a creative sense. What about you? If you like to create things(whether you be a writer, artist, or what have you) are there any songs in particular that inspire you in the sense that they just make you want to CREATE? And if not for creativity, feel free to share music that inspires you in general.