Inspirational Songs

Inspirational Songs

beautiful girl with flying blond hair, listening to music on headphones in the sky

I’m a huge fan of lyrics. When I was a kid, here in the UK we used to have a magazine that would print the words of all the popular tunes, so that when they came on the radio you could sing along. Of course this was pre-internet days, when we used to have to make your own fun. Nowadays, there are a huge number of websites devoted purely to lyrics. It’s almost impossible to get away with not knowing the words (although according to my children I try really hard!!)

The thing about lyrics is that they can be like poetry. They stir up emotions, memories, the feelings of first love and first heartbreak. That’s why I’m often inspired by them as a writer. And why my first book was called Fix You.

A lot of people have a love-hate relationship with Coldplay. I, however, have a love-love one. I don’t think there’s a single song of theirs that I’ve hated, and if Chris Martin wants to sing it, then I’m more than happy to listen.

Of all their songs, though, Fix You is my favorite. I’ve read somewhere that he wrote it for Gwyneth after her father died, promising to help her heal. Even that makes me want to cry (and yeah, so they didn’t make it, but we really wanted them to!) It’s the story of someone going through pain, through heartbreak, and of someone promising to be there for them. Every time I hear it, I feel goosebumps breaking out across my skin.

So here’s the song that inspired my book. Now over to you; what songs inspire you, what songs move you? Let me know in the comments!

Creating a soundtrack…for a book?

Creating a soundtrack…for a book?

by Xio Axelrod

Forget Tomorrow features an embedded soundtrackA soundtrack for a book? It’s not really a new thing, but it isn’t done often. It seems like we may be seeing it more and more, though. Pintip Dunn’s debut release Forget Tomorrow was released with embedded audio. (Gorgeous stuff!) And Stephen King has been known to add music to his books from time to time. [Read more…]