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!