Aside from the raging trash fire that is the (US) government, 2017 was – for me – a year of renewal. A year of getting back to happy, remembering (and reminding, esp. on hard days) why I write, and finding excitement in it again.
That’s not to say it was easy, because haha rewrites and revisions are freakin’ hard, BUT my dreamer/creative side came storming back full force. Actually it’s probably more apt to say my imagination went into overdrive, since I paused revisions to do NaNoWriMo on three *new* ideas. (It was either that or let my brain explode, and I’m pretty sure that’s not in anyone’s best interest. Lots of stories to tell, no time to waste on expending brainmatter, etc. etc.)
Anywho, I wanted to share my favorite tracks from 2017 – the ones that went above and beyond in terms of inspiration and propelling my writing endeavors/aspirations. It’s a little difficult to tell from the list, but 2017 was, uh, interesting…musically speaking. I actually have country songs (yes, that’s plural) on at least one of my playlists now. Never thought I’d see that happen.
Without further ado, I give you my top songs of 2017!
10. Dance Again – Neffex
9. Ashes – dEMOTIONAL
8. (A)tension – Versus Me/Craig Mabbitt
7. Electric Eye (Zardonic Remix) – Celldweller / Zardonic
6. Black Wedding ft. Rob Halford – In This Moment
5. Hypnotize – Awaken the Giant
I love the melancholy, spacey vibe of this track.
4. Omen – Redeem/Revive
Upbeat and angry – a perfect song for kicking ass. I love the combination of the clean vocals and guitar riffs in the chorus as well, because it brings to mind a character triumphing over an obstacle, or a situation where others expected them to fail.
3. Hopelessly Hopeful – Asking Alexandria
Another upbeat tune, but less aggressive or harsh than Omen. I really enjoy the tempo of this one, and the way it all comes together to sound “softer,” in a way, without weakening the intensity
2. Invisible – Don Vedda
Don Vedda is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. This song is just…gah, so perfect. It has something of an 80’s vibe, but the synths don’t overwhelm or drown out the rest of the song. The bass line is heavy and groovy (omg the fret slides!). The guitar solo fits so well with the atmosphere and style. Don’s voice practically a work of art. And the video is gorgeous. (Honestly, the rap bridge is the only downside to the track. It’s not a bad idea, and fits pretty well with the track as a whole, but those lyrics are meh.)
1. Bulletproof – Desasterkids
This song makes my dark little heart sooo happy. Heavy bass, dirty guitar, futuristic keyboard/synth parts – perfect for a near-future SF project, don’t you think? And don’t even get me started on the video… *swoons*.
BONUS: There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
This was actually the song I listened to the most according to Spotify. It’s sweet, fun, playful, and fits the main couple of the paranormal romance I started so perfectly. Every time I hear it I either get this stupid grin on my face, or my chest does somersaults – just from imagining the two of them and the shape of their story. It is completely, utterly joyful, and I can’t wait to get back to writing them!
And there you have it! Maybe one of these will spark your own fancy idea, or a give new insight for one you’ve been sitting on for a while.
Are there any particular songs you listened to in 2017 that have stuck with you, or provided inspiration for a particular character/scene/element? Let me know in the comments!