Well, maybe not my life, but certainly my characters life. Like a lot of writers, I often need a little something to get me in the right mood. Quite often the sight of the school bus departing or the perfect latte is not nearly enough to get the creative juices flowing. I could succumb to the joy of early morning chocolate, breaking my own rule about consuming junk food prior to 10am. But once you have one Tim Tam the ending is a foregone conclusion. The rest of the packet is going to empty embarassingly quick.
My only hope is music. I'm not saying I'm capable of producing anything remotely resembling a tune. But I have a fearsome collection of songs on iTunes to fix me up.
Heartstarters - for when the sweet oblivion of a few more hours of sleep is distracting me from my commitment to full-time writing:
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley + Elvis vs JXL
A Change Would Do You Good - Sheryl Crow
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Sunrise - Norah Jones
Message to My Girl - Split Enz
The Kiss - Karmina
Angst and Loneliness
No Aphrodesiac - The Whitlams
More than This - The Cure
No Ordinary Love - Sade
Dark Mood - for when I'm happy and have to think sad thoughts
Hole in the River - Crowded House
Darkness - Darren Hayes
Blood Theme (from Dexter) - Daniel Licht
And last but not least, songs for those all important intimate hero and heroine moments
Caramel - Suzanne Vega
Colorblind - Counting Crows
I Like the Way - Darren Hayes
Of course, what influences me might not work for you at all. So if you've got favorite songs that you want to give a shout out to please post your selection with the mood they suit. I'm always on the look-out for more great artists!