Lots of things inspire me when I write, but nothing inspires me more than music. The right song can help me flesh out my characters, spark plot ideas, and can even influence entire scenes. The playlist for Ashes Swept is one of my favorites so far, so I’m excited to share my five favorite songs on the playlist with you, along with some of the lyrics that inspired me.
#1 Home by Gabrielle Aplin
So when I’m ready to be bolder, and my cuts have healed with time;
comfort will rest on my shoulder, and I’ll bury my future behind.
I’ll always keep you with me. You’ll always be on my mind,
but there’s a shining in the shadows, I’ll never know unless I try.
#2 The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol
Just for a minute, the silver-forked sky, lit you up like a star, that I will follow.
And now it’s found us, like I have found you. I don’t want to run, just overwhelm me.
#3 Broad-Shouldered Beasts by Mumford & Sons
These apartment walls are paper thin, and no one is trying to listen in.
What to hear our doubts, hear our whispered shouts, they don’t care.
Wasn’t it you, who said I was not free? And wasn’t it you, who said I needed peace?
And now it’s you who’s floored by fear of it all. And it’s alright, take it out on me.
And it’s alright, take it out on me.
#4 Bird Set Free by Sia
Now I fly, hit the high notes–I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight.
You held me down, but I fought back loud.
#5 Change of Time by Josh Ritter
I had a dream last night, and when I opened my eyes, your shoulder blade, your spine,
were shorelines in the moonlight; new worlds for the weary, new lands for the living,
I could make it if I tried, I closed my eyes, I kept on swimming.
If you’d like to see all fifteen songs on the playlist, be sure to check back here (or my facebook page) on launch day, this Friday, September 29th, to find out how!