soundtrack series: october

Where did October go? It’s been a wonderful month of new writing plans and exciting ventures, coupled with the beginning of my MA in Writing For Young People which I am absolutely loving! And new music!

When I was writing the opening towards the beginning of the year, I found Birdy to be a constant presence on my writing playlist. But I’ve discovered some new loves which help me get pen to page.

I’ve listed my top five artists of October for you below. Enjoy!

  1. Frances.

Have I been living under a rock or what?! OMG. The first time I heard Grow I didn’t want it to end. I definitely don’t mind admitting I had it on repeat for a solid week before I listened to any of her other songs. Don’t Worry About Me is also a gorgeous song to have on when writing. There’s something about her mystical voice and the piano keys which takes you off somewhere magical and lets you discover a whole new world. If you haven’t discovered her yet, DO IT! I promise you won’t regret listening to her delicious lyrics.

2. Jamie Lawson

I’ve never really listened to any of Jamie’s music before, but I recently listened to Don’t Let Me Let You Go and I fell in love with it. It’s a silky dream of a song and sits into the backdrop so you can still work. His voice is so relaxing and his lyrics are honest. I wasn’t a huge fan of Wasn’t Expecting That after a few plays, but I can’t seem to get this one off repeat! Definitely worth a listen, especially if you like Passenger.

3. Calum Scott

Oh my. I’ve always been a fan of this guy since his audition on The X Factor where he sang Dancing On My Own (one of my favourite songs). But he’s gracing my life with his face and voice again in his new single out in November You Are The Reason. And it is simply stunning. Definitely one of my favourite voices to listen to when I’m wrapped up in blankets with a cuppa trying to write.

4. Tori Kelly

Callen and Beth introduced me to her song Dear No One when we were in the car driving to our writing date a few days ago. It is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in a while and I like the relatable lyrics and the singalong quality it brought to the car journey. Songs like this are quick to put a smile on my face and make me feel in the mood to write. To say the song is three years old is telling of how timeless the lyrics are and how much fun three people can have in a car when it’s blasting out.

5. Imagine Dragons

Not Today, from the Me Before You Soundtrack, is one of the most beautiful songs (I might be bias because I think the same about the film). I love the textured voice behind the lyrics. It’s not their usual rocky number which I think is why I like it so much. The string layer along with the guitar lifts the song and makes it writing-backdrop-worthy. I find myself singing along whilst trying to picture characters in different situations and it somehow helps.

Are there any songs which you’ve found helpful whilst writing this month?

Let me know!

love sophie

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