Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~Maya Angelou

In the random that is my life, I recently was discussing music with a friend…

Okay, let me pause here to be honest with you.  I constantly discuss music.  I love music with a passion.  I quote song lyrics (i.e. burst into song) in everyday conversation.  I can usually find some musical love in common with everyone because my taste ranges from “You’ve got to hear this” to “I am so embarrassed I like this I only listen to it when I’m alone.”  I can not, however, sing nor play an instrument with any ability.  My talent is limited to acting like a rock star in my car or shower.

Let’s pop off that rabbit trail and get back to the point I was trying to make.  My discussion with my friend led to a lightbulb moment for me.  I should share one of my mainstays for writing.

The Playlist!

Now, when I say The Playlist, I’m not simply referring to one playlist that meets all of my writing needs.  That, my dear friends, would be too simple and not at all embrace the unique crazy that is Lily.

Each story has it’s own playlist with different tones and different messages.

  • Ethan & Leah – Steel drum covers. Lots of beachy feeling music (i.e. Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat)
  • Missy & Nick – Acoustic/acapella/laid back music.  Boyce Avenue
  • Garrett & Maddy – Lots of Sam Hunt because he is Garrett’s doppelganger and a bit of XAmbassadors because they seem to get Garrett’s angst
  • Tanner & Izzy – A whole big melting pot of oddities

Yes, those are all the current works I have in progress.  Yes, I know I need to calm down and focus, but this really isn’t about that.

Each playlist encompasses the differences in the stories and the characters and gives me another way to connect with them more.

Leave a comment, email me, or hunt me down on Twitter (I promise you won’t have to hunt very much) and let me know: what kind of music do you listen to for writing and what format you build your playlist in.  I’d love to compare notes and hear about some new (to me at least) artists.


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