With summer in full swing and the amount of madness in this world, it’s nice to take a few minutes to sprawl onto the nearest sofa and become entranced in a soothing tune. Like I said in my recent social media posts, the world has been chaotic and violent, and yet I can’t do anything about it. I can only share my opinions and pray for a better world.
These last few weeks have my mind and heart askew. I haven’t been able to focus on much, which makes me even sadder. I need to be productive in order to feel happy, but I can’t seem to get the cloud from my mind. But starting this week, things have changed. I’ve been listening to a specific set of tunes to that put my heart at ease and created a new schedule to keep myself busy. I’ve already been much happier and hopeful.
So for my next playlist, I’ll be sharing a list of songs that lull my heart and fill my head with new ideas, that help me get into the minds of my characters when they’re lost in a long thought or sharing a peaceful moment with the world or another.
1. “Waves That Rolled You Under” – Young Summer
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I talk about Young Summer quite often. I’m constantly fawning over their music and filling my feed with their songs. “Waves That Rolled You Under” has a special place in my heart for several reasons, the first and main being that this song captures the personality and emotions of the protagonist in my duology. Not only do the lyrics capture the freedom and ease that my protagonist vies for, but it has a calm and soothing melody that reminds me of her. This was also the first song I listened to by Young Summer, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The chorus has to be my one of my favorite sections of the song:
“Diving into waves over deeper waters
Fools from far away close enough to fall in
Well I never could say, I never could say again
What I wanted
I never could see, I never could see the waves
That rolled you under.”
In my mind, this chorus maps out the main struggles of my protagonist, how she dives (or mostly, is thrown) into these deep waters, but no matter how she tries to warn or save others, they end up being rolled into the waves. She feels unheard, stranded in the ocean.
“Waves That Rolled You Under” is a song that will make you feel like you’re floating in an ocean as clear as diamonds with the sun overhead, draping warm rays over your skin. This song will make you want to sway and smile and forget the negative energy in the air. And just look at that cover art–GORGEOUS.
2. “Holland” – Glass Face
Glass Face has to be one of the most underrated artists I’ve discovered. Thanks to my Spotify recommends list, I came across this song, “Holland” and instantly fell in love. The overall melody made my mind jump to my duology, making me think of scenes that are both peaceful and emotional.
With lyrics like, “She said, ‘Honey please don’t cry, I’ll be waiting for you on the other side'”, “I carry your heart in mine; When you sleep in mine”, “As time passes by; And our hearts they fly, just like the planes”, this song tells me it’s a tale of love and loss. It resonates deeply with the bittersweet ending of my duology. Just thinking of the ending and hearing these lyrics makes me feel like I could cry.
*sniffs* This song is SO BEAUTIFUL. It may not make you cry like it does to me, but it will certainly make you think and wonder. It will make you feel like you’re lying in a bed of grass and flowers in some foreign land, listening to a beautiful woman sing in the distance.
3. “Winter Bird” – Aurora
Aurora is another one of my favorite artists. Her music is incredibly stunning and lyrical, reminiscent of fairy tales and all magical lands. But it’s not like the cutesy, Disney versions. No, Aurora creates music that reminds you of the old, dark tales with raw meanings that will strike a chord in your heart. After all, the name of the album is, “All My Demons Greeting Me As Friends.” Her songs are about love and loss, of broken hearts and lost souls, how old demons become friends.
“Winter Bird” is a combo of all of these topics. The beginning verses with lyrics such as, “Feel it as the wind strokes my skin; I am moved by the chill; Hear the winter bird sing”, will make you feel like you’re in an icy terrain with snow crumbling beneath your feet and white birds consuming the sky.
The following chorus is sure to make you feel the emotion in this song:
“My tears are always frozen
I can see the air I breathe
Got my fingers painting pictures
On the glass in front of me
Lay me by the frozen river
Where the boats have passed me by
All I need to remember
How it is to feel alive.”
These lyrics resonate with many struggles of my protagonist and my anti-hero, about feeling ignored or unwanted, feeling as though they’re so trapped, they’re not living. My protagonist also loves to paint, which made the chorus seem as though it was made for her.
If you’re looking to escape into a new world, Aurora can take you anywhere, especially with “Winter Bird.” It will bring back those chilly (or freezing, depending on where you live) winter days and help you chill out. (See what I did there? *wink*)
4. “They Ran” – Message To Bears
Message To Bears is one of my many go-to artists when I’m looking for a melody to relax to. Some of their songs are simply instrumental, but most are peppered with a few verses, much like “They Ran.” The majority of this song is a peaceful tune that will lull you into a dreamy stage of peace. Then, the artist’s voice will bleed through, and it is a beautiful sound.
This song helps me get into the head of my protagonist during her thoughtful and observing moments. My duology takes place in a state of wilderness, where there are many forests and wildlife, like the woods used for the cover art. “They Ran” transports me from my office into the foggy forestry with an icy l breeze slashing at my hair, allowing me to see directly through the eyes of my character. No matter the high-stake situations ahead that I have to write, this song puts me at ease.
5. “Evergreen” – Broods
Once again, Broods is on my recommended playlist. I’m quite sure I mention at least one Broods song each playlist. But hey, if you’ve listened to them, then you must understand. If you haven’t, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
*clears throat* Anyways, “Evergreen” is one of the first songs I listened to by Broods, and it will forever be a melody to turn to when I’m in need of relaxation. Much like “They Ran,” this song takes me to a place of pine trees and singing birds and wildflowers and foggy skies. It takes me right into the heart of my duology, particularly book one.
“Evergreen” was often on repeat during my days writing and editing and rewriting and editing book one. The tunes and lyrics are dreamy and soothing and uplifting, the exact mindset I needed for several aspects of book one. The chorus contains some of my favorite lyrics that capture the growth of my protagonist:
“Since we found out that we’re invincible
We’ve been living in a dream world
Since we decided to be infinite
There’s no ending and there’s no fear.”
Do you see how beautiful these lyrics are? THIS IS WHY YOU NEED BROODS IN YOUR LIFE.
When it comes to peaceful songs, I have over one-hundred more I could recommend, but that would make this post much too long. If you’re interested in hearing more songs that quell the beat of my heart and fill my head with thoughtful ideas, here’s the link to my Spotify playlist: SERENITY. Some might also make you cry. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.