Music for writing inspiration

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Writers get their inspiration from innumerable sources. People-watching, listening to conversations, watching movies or reading books, listening to music… the list goes on and on.

The novel that I am working on originally came from a seed of an idea, after listening to ‘Even Though I’m a Woman‘ by Seeker Lover Keeper. In fact, my working title is ‘Travelling Salesman’ which is a theme throughout the song. I am now a long way from the original idea that I started with, but I love that it’s origins came from here:

And this is how I segue into a Three Songs post! There hasn’t been one for a while, and so I figure this is as good a time as any. What’s on your shuffle today? Or playing on the radio? Do you have MusicMAX or Triple J pumping? Give me some inspiration!

Lately, I’ve been going through my all CDs and rediscovering music that I enjoyed long ago:

Joshua Kadison, oh how your smooth, soulful voice gives me shivers. “Jessie” is his most popular song, from his debut album Painted Desert Serenade.  

Toby Keith. We need to include some country in this list don’t we? ‘Getcha Some‘ is a catchy tune and I dare you to not start humming ‘ooooh gotta getcha some, gotta getcha some, gotta getcha some, ooooh gotta getcha some… lurve.” Not too sure about Toby’s hair-do in this clip though…

Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah‘ is simply beautiful. His voice, the guitar… bliss.

So, please do tell – what music is on your shuffle or radio or telly right now?

What did you listen to today? 

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend

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Pretty much every single Friday, this runs through my mind as we are driving home from school. Many thanks Rihanna. And so without too much more ado, here it is:

And because we haven’t had a bit of music around this neck of the woods lately, here are two songs that are on repeat lately:

HoopsThe Rubens… ‘Tis a catchy one don’t you think?

Hold Back the RiverJames Bay… Love love love this one.

So there you go guys, some tunes to start your weekend with. We’re off to the pool now, because not only is it the freakin’ weekend but it is also freakin’ hot. Like 38 degrees hot. I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s predicted 40 degrees.

What is on your shuffle lately? Or what’s playing on the radio right now? Let me know!

California… California…

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We haven’t had a bit of Three Songs Thursday for a while now, so today is as good a day as any! I’m sitting in my local library with the theme song from The O.C. running through my head – who knows why, I must have heard it somewhere lately. So, first up this week:

California (Music from the OC: Mix 5 / The Guest) – Phantom Planet … Like all shows that run for too long, I quite enjoyed The O.C. when it first started but to be honest, I’m struggling to think whether I can remember the ending or not. Hmm. This song also originally came out in 2002 on The Guest album, but was later rerecorded and re-released for The O.C. soundtrack in 2005 as California 2005. Or so Wikipedia just told me anyhow!

Peanut Butter Jelly (Pharmacy) – Galantis … Ok, so the kids came home from school yesterday and asked if I knew this song, to which I could reply, “I downloaded it yesterday!” I am now hip. It is an earworm song and can nearly guarantee it will take the place of California in my brain now.

Powerful (Peace Is The Mission) – Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley … This is another one I am enjoying lately. Have a listen and enjoy!

So. What’s on your shuffle today? Or what is playing on the radio now? Let me know, maybe we’ll find some new music to listen to 🙂

Some you win, some you don’t

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There are a few different songs that are played over and over and OVER again in our house, by the two eldest kids. For your listening pleasure I am going to do three of these as today’s Three Songs Thursday. And I dare you to put them on repeat for at least an hour every day, and put yourselves in my shoes.

Que Sera – Justice Crew (Live by the Words) … Luckily I don’t mind this song. It’s catchy and has a decent message in the song lyrics. Not that the kids get this, as you will tell by the song I put up next, they simply enjoy the melodies.

Low – Flo Rida (Mail on Sunday) … Admittedly, I downloaded this song so obviously I found it entertaining once upon a time. Not so much now, particularly that the kids are playing it over and over and OVER. Apart from “low, low, low, low, low, low, low,” they don’t really know the rest of the words, but boy they enjoy listening to it. Argh!

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor (All About That Bass) … I’ll listen to this ten times a day if I have to. I really enjoy it! I’m sure I’ll be over it soon enough by the time the kids are through with it, but until then, I’m okay with hearing it regularly.

It’s a rainy night in Georgia

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Another week of songs from somewhere other than my phone. This week’s are the top 3 songs about rain according to About.com

Number 1: Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton (Rainy Night in Georgia) … Hmm. I have not heard this song before. It’s a 1970 model, but still, I thought I would have heard of it before. So is that saying something about me or about the song?

Number 2: Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics (Touch) … So baby talk to me, like lovers do.. walk with me, like lovers do. I know this one!

Number 3: Who’ll Stop the Rain – Credence Clearwater Revival (Cosmo’s Factory) … Now this should have been number one surely?! Who made this list?

What’s on your shuffle today? Chuck it in the comments for Three Songs Thursday 🙂

I heard you on the wireless back in fifty-two

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Well, I’m sick of the songs on my phone at the moment. That, and half of them that were previously all downloaded, are no longer downloaded – does that make sense? I’ve paid for them, had them on my phone, and now they are there, but I need to download them again. What’s going on people?! I’m sure if I were to Google it, someone would have already asked the question and there will be an answer… but not today. Meh. I’m sure it will use up my data re-downloading them again, so I’m not inclined to do so at this point in time.

And so. This week’s Three Songs Thursday comes via the top 3 Greatest Hits according to iTunes.

Up first: Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles (The Age of Plastic) … not a bad one. I definitely grew up listening to it, and will have a bit of a sing in a pretend electronic/high-pitched voice. As you do.

2nd: Start me up – The Rolling Stones (Tattoo You) … I’m sure all the Stones fans out there will stone me for saying this, but, until I listened to it just now I wasn’t sure which song this was. One of those that I know the words and who sang it (if I thought about it), but had no idea of the actual song title.

3rd: SexyBack – Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/LoveSounds) … get ya sexy on, get ya sexy on, get ya sexy on. Catchy enough, don’t lie to yourself!

What’s on your shuffle today, peoples of the interwebs? Got some new music I can add to my song list? Please tell me something in the comments!

I’ll show you the wild side. Yeah right.

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Following on from the weeks that were, we have had not quite two weeks of a sick toddler, consisting of constant temperatures, a terrible cough, snot everywhere, ear infections and a diet of Panadol, Nurofen, milk and water. Just lovely. Added to that, she has only wanted me, which is not overly conducive to getting anything done.

Even now, while I type this, she is on my lap with a notepad and pencil and occasionally trying to type as well. She is definitely on the mend though and eating more each day, so fingers crossed we are back to normal programming shortly!

I’ve missed Just Write Monday this week, however, I am going to catch up with the weekly music shuffle and call it Three Songs Thursday on a Friday just for today. Go with the flow people.

Up first! Die young – Ke$ha (Warrior) … I don’t mind a bit of Kesha to be honest. She doesn’t have that smooth polished voice that singers are expected to have. She’s a bit rough and everyday with some spunk.

Indian outlaw – Tim McGraw (Not a moment too soon) … time to get a bit’a country into y’all this morning!! Hardy har har.

Are you gonna be my girl – JET (Get Born) … this is the song that  I chose for us to walk into our wedding reception to. For no particular reason other than it has a bloody good beat I reckon!

So tell me, what’s playing on the radio now? Or on your phone? iPod? CD player? Put it in the comments and let’s get a new song list happening!