4.10.2013

Inspired by...lyrics

LYRICS

I've always been a lyrics person. Some people listen to the instrument(s), the melody, the beat...I hear words. The story being told.

One of my all time favorite singer/songwriters is Joni Mitchell. She. Is. Amazing. I didn't discovered Joni's music until college, but it was perfect timing and I've been in-love ever since (her music makes appearances, and I like to think, dwells quietly in the background of FAMILIARITY WITH THE DEVIL, my 2nd novel).

When Joni weaves her lyrics with her guitar it's magic - pure raw magic...

"Oh but you are in my blood
You're my holy wine
You're so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet
I would still be on my feet"

Never - NEVER - did I believe I'd find anyone who could come close to living up to Joni's original version of A Case of You (one of my all time favorites)...and many have tried.

(Side note: when I find 'new' music I like, I immerse myself in it for weeks, months even. I can't get enough, so I simply indulge (I can think of worse indulgences...).)

My newest music/lyrics obsession is a singer/songwriter named Noah Gundersen. And, in my opinion, he's done right by Joni and DONE IT WELL. He's taken a song I know like the creases in my palm and flipped it on it's toes...new emotion...new stakes...new story.

The first time I watched/listened, I didn't even realize, but was holding my breath. Um, yeah, it's that good.
Enjoy the lovely:

And if you thought this was amazing, check out some of his other videos on YouTube, particularly the 'Ballard Sessions' or find him on Spotify or his website. You won't be sorry! Currently, his music is soundtrack-ing my WiP.

Are you a lyrics person or do you hear other parts of music? Any other new music obsessions out there? I'm always on the look out...

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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful :) I'm a lyrics girl, too. Some people don't realize that, given the type of music I love. If I like the melody, I then pay attention to the lyrics. Music always fuel my writing.

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    1. Thanks Amy and I'm with you music is a must for me! Now I'm curious, what type of music do you love???

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  2. Total lyrics person.

    All my writing playlists are composed with songs that convey the story I'm trying to tell. Music always cuts right to the truth of what I want to say, and more beautifully and poignantly than I could ever say it!

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    1. Totally Laura! I love how music can express so much in so few lines. It amazes me...

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  3. I'm also a lyrics person. I can't write without music, and I always create playlists for my major characters for times I need to be deeply in their heads. Great post!

    Dannie @ Left to Write

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    1. Me too Dannie! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I like both - obviously, given my post this week. Clearly we're sharing some kind of psychic brainwave...Good thing I really like you, otherwise it might be scary ;)

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    1. Yeah, it's getting pretty creepy...seriously, whah that wha???

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  5. I used to love the lyrics of songwriters like Dan Fogelberg-- they always seemed like poetry to me.

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    1. Total poetry! Thanks for reading Julie :)

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  6. OMG! I discovered the Blue album in college, too, and I listened to A Case of You over and over and over after my break up with my first big love!

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  7. I'm with you with the lyrics - often a line or two will really speak into a story.

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  8. He's incredible. I'm not so much about lyrics as I am about voice. Voice helps me develop a character. This guy gives me all sorts of ideas! :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. I love Noah Gunderson. Freaking *love* him. His song Family kills me. And I absolutely adore this cover. :)

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  10. It's usually the voice or the music that I'm drawn to. I'll find myself listening to individual instruments, as well. It's funny, but that's where I find more of the mood or feeling of the song. A lot of times I'm singing the wrong words anyway. haha!

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