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 every day seem to outweigh every problem I’ve had. Because of that, I’m grateful that even though I’ve dealt with stress lately, it didn’t stray me away from my joys.
This week I focused the majority of my time working on poems that I wanted to submit to contests and magazines. 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 because it’s distracting, but hearing something before I write sparks an idea for me.
With that said, here are the six songs that helped shape my creativity this week, starting with Solange.
1. Solange – Losing You
I was able to see her perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, and her performance was 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 could, while the entire crowd and I were dancing. This song is 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 = Hip Hop Excellence. There’s not much to say because the song says it all.
3. Paul Hardcastle – Desire
Whenever I want to hear jazz, I go straight to Pandora because I can’t control what song plays next like other streaming services, 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.
5. Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster
A really great song that helped me battle through my fears of writing about a particular feeling 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.
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.