Do you ever turn on the radio, or listen to a new CD, and hear a song that really resonates with you? One where it seems like the singer got inside your head and wrote about your life?
It happens to me all the time, especially when I’m making the (almost) monthly four and a half hour trip home.
Usually, when I listen to songs with lyrics, I associate them with a character. Sometimes it fits in with my own life, but often it’s a character from a book or movie. Now and then it will be a friend or relative. Other times, it’s a pure creation of my imagination. These songs can be incredibly inspiring, and can be a great source of story and character ideas. Here are a few that have been inspirational in my writing:
Mad World, Gary Jules
Stand My Ground, Within Temptation
Hurricane, 30 Seconds to Mars
And here's one that's been inspirational in my own life:
Free Life, Dan Wilson