I have to be honest with you; this week was the hardest for me, both personally and creatively. However, writing and the need for inspiration everyday seems to outweigh every problem I’ve had. Because of that, I’m grateful that even through all the stress, it didn’t stray me away from my joys.
This week I focused majority of my time working on poems that I wanted to submit to contests and magazines by Saturday (today). However, I could not do it alone because music is my main source of energy that easily helps me with a poem from start to finish. The songs for this week’s playlist allowed me to be fearless and strong with my writing. I’m not the type of person that can write while a song is playing due to conflicts of what the poem says and what the song says. It could be a word, a lyric, or even a piano key that sparks an idea for me, and once I have it, I have to stop the song immediately before my train of thought goes away.
With that said, here are the seven songs that helped shape my creativity this week, starting with Solange.
1. Solange – Losing You
I was able to see her perform Thursday night at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, and it was extremely incredible. When she performed this particular song, it struck an idea so I immediately went to my notes app on my phone, and typed up the idea as fast as I can while the entire crowd and I were dancing. This song felt so free, and it set a certain mood that calmed me down after going through a really hectic week.
2. Black Star – Brown Skin Lady
Talib Kweli + Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) = Hip Hop Excellence. There’s not much to say because the song says it all. I was able to finish a poem while listening earlier this week, after working on it for about two months.
3. Paul Hardcastle – Desire
Whenever I want to hear jazz, I go straight to Pandora because it’s a teacher. I can’t control what song I want to listen to like Tidal allows me, and it never fails to give me good music that I never heard before. I heard this song on the Soul Jazz radio station, and it gives me room to write.
4. Miles Davis – You’re My Everything
I heard this on Pandora as well, and I’m beginning to think Miles Davis might be my favorite jazz musician so far. I had to stop this song repeatedly, or just take the headphones out of my ears because there were a few rhythms that sparked ideas that I knew I was going to lose if I continued to listen.
5. Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster
A really great song that helped me battle through my fears of writing about particular feelings that I needed to let go.
6. Prince & The New Power Generation – Damn U
I love this ballad so much. One day, I have to talk about the time I wrote about 10 poems (still unfinished pieces) all while listening to just Prince, and the songs that I listened to are not the typical Prince hits. I’m not sure if this particular song was a hit at the time, but I’m anxious to finish the poem that this song got me started on.
7. Tank – Nothing On
(Warning: Explicit Content)
All day yesterday this song was on replay. This album as a whole is amazing, but I was so stuck on this one. The chorus alone had me writing paragraphs, which is currently being formed into a poem. The weird part is that the soon-to-be poem has nothing to do with love, sex, or the premise of the song. Seriously, I can listen to R&B all day and just be addicted to an instrument or a note that the singer hit. I approve this entire Savage album.
Now that I presented you with a few of the many songs that helped me in my journey, I have to get back to writing these poems before I miss the deadline of these contests. See you next week with another playlist.