"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

wax lyrical

Now Playing: Part of Me by Katy Perry (you ripped me off, your love was cheap, was always tearing at the seams)

I've always wanted to know what music people listen to when they write.

Seems like an odd fixation, but I love my music. I always listen to music, especially when I write.

In terms of taste I'll admit I like a lot of Top 40 stuff. But my heart belongs to Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Kimbra, Adele and Coldplay.

Kimbra is all me; I don't actually know anyone else who likes Kimbra, which is sad, because it's amazing. One of my girlfriends got me completely addicted to Florence + The Machine, and I vaguely liked a few Coldplay singles but it's only this year that I've dug through their old stuff to find things I like.

I've taken to including a little snippet of lyrics with each post, and people might think it a little weird to rip off lyricsmode.com. Allow me to explain.

I listen to music primarily for the lyrics. I think I have about three songs on my iPod that don't have lyrics: Across The Stars, which is the love theme from Star Wars, but that has a whole movie of dialogue to substitute as lyrics; Danse Macabre, by Camille Saint-Saens, because it is a symphonic poem and it really does tell a story, and a couple of random dubstep tracks that a certain friend got stuck in my head. But everything else has lyrics. I know so many lyrics, it's ridiculous. It doesn't matter if I can't sing something, I know every single word. I have a few Korean tracks on my iPod, but only if I know the lyrics in translation. I need to know the meaning of music, you know? The message, the story. That's also why I love music videos. And that's why a lot of my poems are inspired by songs.

So forgive me if I wax lyrical. But...if you play the song that I write at the beginning of each blog post, you'll quite literally be inside my head. Isn't that cool?

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