I listen to music when I write. I write best with a melody churning my insides. Usually they’re folksy with a dash of heartbreak. Here are a few tunes I can’t resist. Check some of them out on this Spotify Playlist.

Writing Songs  2013

“Romulus” Sufjan Stephens
“Suffocation Keep” Eisenhower
“False Knight On The Road” Fleet Foxes
“City and Colour” Sleeping Sickness
“Janglin’” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
“Carolina” Benjamin Gibbard
“Shoot the Poets” by The Cribs
“Loud Pipes” by Ratatat
“Seventeen Years” by Ratatat
“Two Weeks (Radio Mix) by  Grizzly Bear
“Old Friend” by Sea Wolf
“Songs of the Magpie” Sea Wolf
“Changing Seasons” Sea Wolf
“Missed The Boat” by Modest Mouse
“Polar Opposites” Modest Mouse
“Fire It Up” Modest Mouse
“The Good Times Are Killing Me” Modest Mouse
“The End’s Not Near” Band of Horses

Contemplate it, 2012
The Milk Carton Kids “Michigan”
Paul Cardall, “Hope”
Brett Dennen, “Aint Gonna Lose You”
Right Away, Great Captain! “Oh No, I Tried”
Janove Ottesen, “Forget About Me”
El Ten Eleven, “My Only Swerving”
Josh Garrels, “Don’t Wait For Me”
Rogue Wave: “Christians in Black”
Mission To The Sea, “On and On”
Balmorhea, “Lament”
Red Bird, “Moonshiner”
Kings of Convenience, “24-25”
Explosions In The Sky, “So Long, Lonesome”
Jason Collett, “Almost Summer” (these lyrics kill me.)
Scott Matthews, “Elusive”
Iron and Wine, “The Trapeze Swinger” if only for the lyrics. Man.
Megan Slankard with Jeff Campbell, “Token of the Wreckage”

Okay, now shake it, 2012
Walk the Moon, “Jenny”
Walk the Moon, “Anna Sun”
Mayer Hawthorne, “No Strings”
Calvin Harris “Feel So Close”
Mausi, “Sol”
Mikhael Paskalev, “I Spy”
Jamie Cullum, “Photograph”

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