Mood Music for a Heavy Soul

Mood Music for a Heavy Soul

There’s been a few posts about how music inspires us.  I love that I’m part of a group that shares that inspiration with me. I can be stuck on a chapter for days (sometimes weeks, okay?). Frustration builds while I struggle for time or ideas and then, unexpectedly, I’ll hear a song that fits my scene perfectly, and I’m back in the game immediately.

The Black Keys have been there through some tough times, to give me some much needed boosts in times of need – and this song is no exception.


This is The Black Keys: “Heavy Soul”

Short but sweet this week. I bid you happy music searching!

Jo xoxo 6

Screaming the stress away

I love music–of all kinds. I’m a very moody music lover, but there are a few I listen to religiously.
Lately, the need to vent out the stress and tension requires the louder and growlier the better. My favorite time of day is getting in my truck after work, plugging in and turning up.
Punk rock has gotten me through some of the best times and most of the worst. Growing up, I was lucky to live in a melting pot of bad ass punk–the real stuff, not the pop they crank out now. Yes, that makes me sound like a snob, but I think it’s the same for most genres. Nicki Minaj is no Aretha Franklin, and Carrie Underwood is no Tammy Wynette. And Green Day is NOT punk rock.
I need it to rage with social and political uproar, fuck the world. All of it.
It’s like a warm spiky blanket that I understand, relate to and feel deep in my heart.
It also fuels my writing. The raw energy and pure feelings give me that “go for it” attitude. To some, it may be too much, but to me, give it all to me now!
I’m also a huge vinyl lover. At this very moment, I’m spinning TSOL. This is my original album I bought in a garage at a show in a backyard back in 1986. Best five bucks I ever paid.
So, here I will introduce you to a little bit of my magic music. I chose a tame one… this time!

Headbanger’s Ball

Headbanger’s Ball

So, there used to be a show on MTV that showcased metal and rock bands. And it was cool. Today, I’m doing my version. 🙂
I love music. It’s usually playing at home, it’s always playing in the car. I even married a musician. My tastes run from Celtic bagpipes to Metal. You’ll find everything from Broadway show tunes to Avenged Sevenfold in my music library, but my preferences usually tend toward hard rock. Give me a great vocals, loud guitars, banging drums, and I’m a happy girl.
Let’s start things off with some Volbeat: A Warrior’s Call. (LOVE these guys!) This song is PERFECT for kickboxing.
Next up, Foo Fighters, one of my favorites. I’ve followed them from the beginning.
I’m super excited to be going to their concert in July. Here’s No Way Back:
And now, for something different, here’s Something Different, by one of my other all-time faves, Godsmack.
Leather jacket, motorcycle… yeah, Sully Erna rocks. I’ve seen them live twice. AWESOME. SHOW.
And finally to send you off, here’s Stone Sour (I LOVE Corey Taylor’s voice), doing a cover of Judas Priest’s
Heading Out to the Highway. I think this works well as a road trip song. 🙂
I wish life came with a soundtrack. Since it didn’t, you have to create your own. The above songs are a small part of my list. What’s on yours?
Amazingly Acapella

Amazingly Acapella


I have always been impressed by what some talented artists can do with just their voices. Can you really make music without musical instruments? Oh yes!

And today, for your listening pleasure, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite romantic acapella tunes.


We’re starting out with a team-up featuring two of my favorites. The amazing Peter Hollens ( and Sam Tsui (

And you won’t believe those aren’t real drums (but they aren’t) when listening to Home Free (

And even a bad romance is good when it’s On The Rocks. (Don’t have their own channel but search ‘On The Rocks’ for tons of great performances)

And yes, please bring back The Sing Off!

To round out this all voice version of Dinner Music, let me present the wonderful Mike Tompkins: (

So what are some of your favorite acapella tunes? Let me know in the comments below.


Does Music Inspire Your Writing or Take You Away From It

Does Music Inspire Your Writing or Take You Away From It

by Veronica Forand

I love listening to music. Everything. Classical, classic rock, pop, country, rhythm and blues. When I write, however, silence is a must. Music pumps out emotions and each one, whether love, regret, anger, or contentment affects me and my writing even when I don’t want those emotions in the scene I’m writing.

On the other hand, I’ve been known to take music breaks and listen to a few songs to put the emotion into my soul and let it seep onto the pages.

Here are a few go to songs:


The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy


Luke Bryan – Drink A Beer

Johnny Cash – Hurt HD 720p

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Official Video)

Music is powerful. The best music can take an entire stadium of cheering fans into silence. Use it to make you feel better when you’re down, or to just chill out and think about those who have touched our lives in some special way.

Rock on!

The What Janie Wants Playlist

The What Janie Wants Playlist

The last few years, my musical tastes have run toward what I would call good-time, crank it up rock. We’re talking Shinedown, Hinder, Black Stone Cherry, Slash w/Myles Kennedy, Shaman’s Harvest, and Seether…just to name a few.

Now that doesn’t mean rock is all I like. I was a DJ for years and had a band off and on from my second year in college until I was thirty-two, and we played everything from Merle Haggard to Aretha Franklin. My musical tastes seem to shift depending on where I am in life. Maybe my latest preference for octane rock has something to do with midlife crisis. Who the heck knows?

But the last few weeks I’ve noticed a new shift…and I’m blaming it on What Janie Wants.

What Janie Wants is a quick and slightly-naughty novella slated for release in late June. It’s about a woman who’s just turned forty (Janie) and is taking a one-week respite from reality to recover from her recently inked divorce. (Hubby ditched her for a younger model…that rat bastard.)

Anyhoo…our girl Janie meets a tongue-waggingly scrumptious young man (Zade) while on said vacation. And when I say young, I mean twenty-six…as in only five years older than Janie’s oldest son.

Zade sees zero problem with their age difference and sets out to prove just how desirable Janie truly is. The results are several awkward moments, a heaping helping of steamy interludes, and a few life-changing decisions.

Now to the playlist that’s feeding my story…

Two of them are so popular you’re pretty assured of hearing them with very little channel surfing (if any). The last one…well, let’s just say there’s a very fun scene near the end of the book where Janie finally lets her hair down and gets her groove on.

I hope you’ll give them a listen and do a little beachside daydreaming on Janie’s behalf while you’re at it. And be sure to keep an eye out for What Janie Wants this summer!

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Maroon 5 – Sugar

KC & The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes

Musical Barbarian

Before I start, there are two things I need to confess up front—make that three:

  1. My music snob husband insists I have HORRIBLE taste in music, and winces his way through my Playlist.
  2. I am noise intollerant, especially when I’m working and the idea of playing music while I write makes my brain twitch.
  3. I am stuck in the eighties (which might tie into point one).

And there’s a fourth one you might want to know – I know the lyrics to nearly every show tune every written

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I picked three bands here that won’t make my husband flinch, these are three of my Desert Island bands and I would stand in the rain for hours to get tickets to see them live (sadly, not possible with one of the three anymore). I also picked a little musical interlude for you, as I really think they say anything I could so much better with their music.

A live version of U2, “Trip Through Your Wires”, love the harmonica on this and, of course, Bono. ‘Nuff said.



Let’s do REM next, so many to choose from I nearly went a little nuts here. In the end I went a little old school from my favorite album “Automatic for the People” with “What’s Frequency Kenneth?” Does anyone really know what this song is all about? Who cares, right? With those signature guitar rifts that run right through my nerve endings.



And I’m ending with Depeche Mode, to give fellow Spice Aisler, Rhenna Morgan, a chance to escape before I hit her with the Depeche – AGAIN. There are so many I could have included here, but let’s end on a high note (see what I did there *snicker*) I dare you not to tap your toes, or bop your head through Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”


And there you have it, end of musical interlude. Who are some of your favorite bands? Help my husband out here and educate me.