#GoodMusic for Inspiration – Make Yourself A Playlist!

I am a really big music fan.

Wait… That is an understatement.

Music is everything!

(There that is a little better.)

I have found that when my creativity is running on fumes that all I need to do is go straight to my music library for relief. Way too many of my story ideas come from things that pop in my head from listening to songs. I have soundtracks to some of the novels that I have written.

Hell, how can you claim to have a creative mind if you have never thought of a music video treatment to your favorite song? (Well I’m sure you can but I am not accepting of the thought right now.)

So I made this playlist a few weeks ago. I needed a smooth and romantic vibe. I also wanted songs that I wouldn’t skip. This started out to only be enough to put on a cd (80 minutes worth of music). I ended up with almost ten hours worth of music (117 songs) and a playlist that gives me so much life.

A perfect playlist takes a lot of work. I was shocked at how I got this one right on the first try.


Here are just a few of the songs on the playlist:

Us Against the World – Coldplay

I Can’t Wait Another Minute – Hi Five

Make Me Whole – Amel Larrieux

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

I Only Meant to Wet my Feet – The Whispers

Show Me The Way To Your Heart – Earth, Wind & Fire f. Raphael Saadiq

Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley f. Lauryn Hill

I Could Fall In Love – Selena

Perfect Work Of Art – Wordslave

If I Ever Fall in Love – Shai

Nobody Knows – The Tony Rich Project

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Hopeless – Dionne Farris

Take Me – Teedra Moses f. Raphael Saadiq

Be The One – Christen B

More Than Words – Extreme

I’m Still in Love with You – New Edition

Down – Emily King

Closer – Goapele

He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) – Jill Scott

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Private Show – The Peace & Body Roll Boomscat

If Only For One Night – Babyface

The First Time – Roberta Flack

Daughter of the Most High – Jahiti

Kissin’ You – Total

That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson

A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong


Now… this is on the more R&B side of my musical taste (with some notable exceptions). I have other playlists that span across the wide spectrum that is my musical taste. But every playlist serves a specific purpose. I write realistic fairy tales that lean heavily on romance and relationships. These songs are what give me life in that realm.

So… why don’t you take some time and create a playlist that allows you to get creative. Trust me you will thank yourself for doing this!


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