Inspiration – Power Songs

Ok, so I’m just re-drafting and there’s no real news, so today’s Wednesday Writing Wupdate will be in the form of an Inspiration brainstorm. Participation in the form of suggestions or sharing your own power songs is encouraged.

Here’s a list of the songs that get me motivated. They speak to me on an inspirational level.

Gwen Stefani’s What you waiting for? which is a song about writer’s block and being afraid to succeed. The central question is what works for me, because I really hated this song the first few times I heard it (why is she calling herself a stupid ho?) but something in that question got to me. If I want to write, what am I waiting for. Just do it, already! Plus the video is an awesome Alice in Wonderland/Fruits fashion mashup and made of pretty.

Tori Amos’s Caught a Lite Sneeze. This one is less about the message of the lyrics, but about the power in the song itself. That swelling sound, the power in the rhythm and the cresendo in the bridge: “Caught a lite sneeze, dreamed a little dream, made my own pretty hate machine”. I guess I can’t really explain this one in rational terms, but I love it and it makes me feel empowered and motivated.

Franka Potente’s Believe from the soundtrack to Run, Lola, Run. The pace is invigorating, the lyrics powerful. “I don’t believe in trouble. I don’t believe in pain.” The idea that if you let these things go, if you leave all those things behind…you could maybe achieve anything you want. Or it could just be because the song makes me think about running….not too sure.

And just so we have a male in there, I also adore John Farnham’s You’re the Voice which opened my mind right up when I was 8 years old. And hey, it’s awesome fun to sing along to.

So, now it’s your turn. What song makes you feel like going out and getting something done?

PoF: Red unicorn
CO: how happy the sunshine makes me