This wonderful topic came from Erin's most recent post, though I will focus on songs rather than albums, since most of the music I listen to these days is on the radio or in movies. Music is a large influence to my creativity, even though I don't listen to it as much as I would like to anymore and even though I don't often listen to it when I am writing. Here are three beautiful songs with lyrics and melody that stir me to write. I will use relatively recent tunes to narrow the scope a little.
3. Be Here Now, Ray LaMontagne
The lyrics of this one speak for themselves, but I recommend listening to the song, if you haven't heard it, to get the gentle effect of the soft, almost tired yet soothing way Ray LaMontagne sings the pieces of wisdom. It's very moving.
Don't let your soul get lonely
Child, it's only time, it will go by
Don't lose your faith in me
And I will try not to lose faith in you
Don't put your trust in walls
'Cause walls will only crush you when they fall
2. Say You Won't Let Go, James Arthur
I knew I loved you then
But you'd never know
'Cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go
I'm so in love with you, and I hope you know
Darling, your love is more than worth its weight in gold
I'm going to love you till my lungs give out
So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows
'Cause now it's just you and me till we're gray and old
1. Don't Forget Me, Macy Gray
Also, an important honorable mention for Stop Crying Your Heart Out, by Oasis. That song tears my heart up. Here are some of those lyrics:
We're all of us stars
We're fading away
Just try not to worry
You'll see us someday
These happen to be primarily sad songs, I notice in retrospect--except for the James Arthur song, which could still be viewed as a little sad if you're looking at it from the end of a beautiful journey. I like to write about stories of adventure and humorous characters, but there always seems to be a nugget of heartbreak at the core of them. Perhaps that's why some of these songs speak to that part of me that drives me to express something. There are upbeat songs that stir my creativity too. Apparently, I just can't think of any right now!
What music inspires you to create?
James Arthur: http://myat40.wikia.com/wiki/James_Arthur:Say_You_Won%27t_Let_Go
Macy Gray: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Macy_Gray