I always listen to music while I am writing stories (not poetry). I listen to music mainly for it’s lyrical content, but I won’t deny that it needs to sound good. Some music, although not much, I listen to remind myself of certain ideals and to rejuvenate my mind.
I liked the song, “We Are Young”. Fun didn’t hit my radar, however, until the some “Some Nights” hit the radio. I am in love with it. My inner history nerd loves the video that goes along with the song. The lead singer is so emotional. Plus, the romance that they push in the video is so beautiful. Make sure to watch the video.
When I think of Evanescence, I mean only two albums–Fallen and Origin. Nothing live and nothing new. I do not respect this band. They completely and utterly sold out and can’t sing for shit live. Still, their older albums are fantastic. Aside from “Air,” Evanescence is one of my favorite bands to listen to while I write.
In my mind, lyrics are far more important than sound. On this level, Ben Folds is a genius. I can laugh or cry along with his discography. I have a rule when it comes to music. If I can’t hear what you are saying, I won’t like it. Ben Folds is able to construct stories in his writing that are unbeatable. I hope to attend one of his concerts some day.
This band is probably the most influential band I have ever listened to. Their music is political and angry in nature. I have been to two of their concerts and was completely blown away by their talent and passion. Nothing moved be more than when thousands of people screamed as one the lyric, “We the people did not want war.”
I first came across Air while listening to the soundtrack to my favorite movie: Lost in Translation. I borrowed one of their CD’s from the local library and was in awe of their originality. For my most recent novel, their Talkie Walkie CD is almost always on in the background. They are well worth a listen.