If any of you have noticed the address of my blog, https://musicpluswritingequalslife.wordpress.com/, then you’ve probably guessed music and writing are both important to me. I’ve talked about both before, but today I talked with a lady at the gym who asked me some different questions about why I like the music I like.
1. What kinds of music do you listen to?
2. Why do you listen to them?
3. What do the lyrics mean to you?
Of course, I had just finished an exercise class and my brain was focused on water, not on talking. Needless to say, my answers were a bit jumbled, but it got me thinking. So I’m gonna write out more acceptable answers to those questions and maybe y’all could leave a comment with your answers or thoughts.
What kinds of music do you listen to?
This is a hard question for me. In the car, it’s whatever’s on one of two main radio stations I flip between or the four others if there’s nothing good on my main stations. At home, a mix of songs from almost twenty different genres. I don’t have a favorite genre or even a favorite band, but to give you an idea here are my top twenty songs right now. They’re all from different bands or else I’d have to give you my top 100 for you to get an idea of my tastes.
1. Say When – The Fray
2. Demons – Imagine Dragons
3. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
4. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray
5. Love Me Again – John Newman
6. Say Something – A Great Big World
7. Glass – Thomson Square
8. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
9. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark(Light ’em Up) – Fall Out Boy
10. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
11. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
12. Point at You – Justin Moore
13. Pompeii – Bastille
14. Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas
15. One Man Army – The Classic Crime
16. Sail – AWOLNATION
17. Gold – Wake Owl
18. I’m Still Here(Jim’s theme) – John Rzeznik
19. Let it Go – Idina Menzel
20. Closing Time – Semi Sonic
(Bonus: Applause – Lady Gaga)
They are all awesome and you should listen to them. 😉
Why do you listen to them?
At first I answered ‘for the beat’, but then I realized that was about 75% untrue. After a moment, I managed to say ‘for the lyrics’. Sure, on the radio, I listen for the beat cause I’m trying to pay attention to driving. But… In reality, if any of my friends post cool lyrics as a status I google them, read the whole song, and then go listen to it. Some songs, it is because of beat. If a song has a catchy beat then I’ll most likely listen to it. A lot of times though, it’s because of lyrics. Either because they relate to me or my writing in some way.
What do the lyrics mean to you?
Well because I’m a writer I like lyrics that mean something to me personally and lyrics that mean something to my stories and characters, or as I call them, charries. Songs like Say When, Demons, and Let it Go are songs that have personal meanings because I relate to them in some way. It’s a little harder to describe how more personal songs relate, but I’m sure you know ’cause you have songs like that. As for writing, I have songs for different charries, for stories themselves, for couples, and ones that have inspired stories. For example, the song It’s Time by Imagine Dragons inspired the first novel I finished, Darkness Before Light, so it will always have a special place in my heart. The songs 22 by Taylor Swift and Summertime Sadness are perfect for my charrie Camryn because they pretty much describe her life and personality. Then there’s ones that I drabble to or write songfics to with my online friends.
And last but not least, don’t forget those fandom songs that you put on replay after seeing a movie or tv show. Carry On My Wayward Son, Stayin’ Alive, Let it Go, or Heat of the Moment anyone?
So there you have it. There’s some of the reasons music means so much to me. By the way, I might have an addiction to music, but that’s not a bad thing right?