So, the past three weeks of my life have basically consisted of nothing but Spanish class and Cadence. It’s not always the most pleasant thing (revisions are barfy, Spanish homework is barfier), and I don’t think I’ve been this tired since high school (the fact that I’m only taking twelve credit hours this semester might have something to do with my general lack of tiredness up until this point). I think I’d be absolutely without-marbles at this point if it weren’t for how much music I’ve been listening to throughout the past few weeks. So, without further ado, Julia’s Revision Playlist.
“Told You So” by Cassaddee Pope
This song has this really empowering effect on me. It makes me feel like I could do absolutely anything if I set my mind on it. The bridge is the best part.
“If I Lose Myself” by OneRepublic (cover by Madilyn Bailey & Corey Gray)
If I had to find a song that summed up Cadence, it would be this one. Specifically this cover of it. Because as much as I love OneRepublic’s original, this slower version has a ton of great emotion in it that I love.
“Titanium” by David Guetta ft. Sia
I love how good a beat this song has to it. It makes me want to just get up and dance. Or revise ’til my fingers fall off. Either way I tend to injure myself. You know what? This song makes it worth it.
“Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift ft. the Civil Wars
If I’m ever working on a softer, sadder scene, “Safe and Sound” is great for getting into that melancholy, sort of creepy-quiet-pretty mood.
“Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift
Yup, another one from the Hunger Games soundtrack. By Taylor Swift. What can I say? That album’s my jam (and I freaking love Taylor Swift). This song makes me feel really hopeful. Like I could do something amazing someday, if I just work hard enough at it. It’s been my sort of personal theme song for the past year.
“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver (cover by Birdy)
This song is so pretty and has a sort of oppressed-angry-confused-sad feel to the lyrics. I like to listen to it while working on introspective scenes.
“The Scientist” by Coldplay
Okay, let’s face the facts: I listen to a lot of Coldplay. But I’ve been especially feeling this song lately. And, because I am a totally sacrilegious person, I’ve also been listening to Glee’s cover of it a lot.
“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglie (cover by Glee)
I mainly just love Glee’s video for this. How awesome is it?
“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” by Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, Film Edition)
Ultimately, I love everything about Les Mis. If I only could listen to Les Mis for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t complain. So this is just one of many Les Mis songs I like to listen to while working. But I mean–come on, guys. It’s Eddie Redmayne. Let’s stop and concentrate on how gorgeous his interpretation of this song is, okay? And that’s why this is the Les Mis song that’s making it on the list.
“Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys
This song is so inspiring to listen to. Especially when I’m in the middle of counting down to a trip to New York City right now. During which I’ll be talking to literary agents and mixing with other aspiring authors and learning about writing as a craft and gosh. So much stuff, and this song just sums up all of it. 🙂
There are obviously some other songs that I listen to also, but these are the main ones. Do you listen to music while you’re writing and/or revising? What kind of music? Are there any specific songs you’d suggest?
Make sure to watch out for Chapter Eleven of This Is a Book on Mel’s blog today!