Who’s ready for some new tunes, new vibes, new songs to carry us into our new year? We love using music to power us through our writing and revising sessions, and finding songs that encapsulate a scene or character perfectly. These songs are uplifting and optimistic, and we hope you find a spark of inspiration in them.
Extraordinary Magic by Ben Rector
I stumbled onto this song, and it’s a gentle, lovely tune that put a spring in my step. I can almost picture it as a scene in a Very Soft™ romance, where one love interest is trying to help the other love interest to see their worth, to see that special something that makes them unique. Ok brb, off to write this. . .
Honor the Earth by Nahko and Medicine for the People
I love this band, and this song especially always grounds me, gives me a more cosmic perspective, and reminds me there’s always something—no matter how small—that I can do to make the world better. The lyrics ask us to think of what we’ll leave for the next few generations, and remind us we should live now with them in mind. The happy guitar and drums always conjure up a sunny day for me too, and we all can definitely use some of that right now.
Brand New Day by Kodaline
In A Perfect World remains my favourite album from Kodaline. It’s uplifting and relatable and speaks from the heart. Listening to it feels like sitting at the pier with your best friend with a cold beer on a summer’s day. Brand New Day brings a spring to my step every time.
7 Rings by Ariana Grande
I know I’m going to seem really basic, but 7 Rings by Ariana Grande is my go-to girl boss/femme fatale song. Nothing like some bad b*tch energy to empower you to remain independent and chase your dreams!
As always, we’d love to hear what songs help kick you into high gear? What songs give you that get-up-and-go that we sometimes need, especially in January (and especially if you’re a writer. . .)?