I find I often need to get to a place of intense longing or sadness in order to write anything of substance.
Here are a few songs that take me there.
“L’hymne à l’amour” – Edith Piaf
Pretty much anything by Edith works wonders. This one especially.
“If it kills me (Casa Nova Sessions” – Jason Mraz
Unrequited love. If longing runs deeper than that, I don’t wanna know about it.
“Jolene” – CAKE
A genuine jam, a girl taking a chance in the night to break out of her quiet life, out-of-control love. Yeah, yeah.
“Gravity” – John Mayer
I’m usually not a fan, but damn. Keep me where the light is.
“Grey” – Ani DiFranco
…And it’s October 2007 again. (Used only when completely necessary. Knocks the wind out of me for hours.)
What are some of your writing songs?