Mood Music – Episode 3

This one comes from my favourite band ever, The Red Paintings. They’re an experimental rock band that put on amazing stage shows that combine music with art and performance. The amount of effort they put into their music and performances and to overcome enormous adversity to keep the band alive is breath-taking. Frontman Trash McSweeney is truly an amazing human being.

The diversity in their music never fails to provide some kind of inspiration, even if you don’t know what direction it will take you.

I don’t always understand their music but it speaks to me just the same. This particular song, ‘We Belong In The Sea’ is not necessarily typical of their sound but it’s one of my favourites anyway. Some of the lyrics really hit home, and it’s quite a haunting listen.

Mood Music – Episode 2

While the last mood setter was very much about the music, this one is about the lyrics and the writing. This comes from Australian (Melbourne-based) singer Marcus Teague.

I’ve listened to a lot of music in my lifetime and I have to say he’s my favourite songwriter. What he writes is poetic and the inflection he puts into his delivery is always touching.

He evokes so many emotions and the composition of the music never fails to blend perfectly with the melancholy his voice conveys.

This song is called ‘Came Home Dead’ and it’s quite a heart-wrenching story that flows more like a narrative poem than a song, with no chorus or repeated verses.

Mood Music – Episode One

So I get a lot of inspiration for my writing from listening to music. My writing is usually instigated by a particular mood or emotion that is influenced by what I’m hearing. I listen to the music and words just start to form, on the back of the music itself or a particular lyric that grabs me.

With that in mind, I’ll be posting some of my go-to music for getting me going. The artists I share will all be big catalysts that have inspired my writing at one time or another.

First up, we have Scottish band Mogwai. I could list so many of their songs that work for me. Mostly an instrumental post-rock group, they are masters at injecting emotion into their music. They craft songs so, so beautifully and I can listen to them all day without getting bored.

This particular song, ‘Auto Rock’, is just one of many I love by them. It was also immortalised in a scene from the film Miami Vice. I adore the way it builds and builds and it speaks of both melancholy and sincerity.

If you don’t already know Mogwai I urge you to check them out.