“We should choose the better side of life.”
Photo by: pixabay.com
Edited by: Pamela Hester
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. How are you today? Today for #MusicMonday, I am doing something a bit different. I would like to share with you a playlist I created called Writing Love. Sometimes when I am writing certain scenes, music plays its part in helping me to write them, and when it comes to the characters. It builds the mood for me as well. I am still putting together the playlist, but would still like to share the fifteen I currently have.
Majority of these songs I have listened to while writing and editing the Secrets series novels. I won’t go in-depth about it in this post, but I’ll save it for another time. I believe songs can take a person to that level that they may have never been to before. And to a level that they may not have been to in a while.
Also, the majority of these songs are based on my characters on how they feel about certain things, people, and themselves. The songs also tell its own story. They can be based on what my characters are going through as well.
I truly believe that when you write, especially with fiction, you have to feel how the characters are feeling. Understand their thoughts, and so on. I can go on and on about music and writing- two of my favorite things- but it will take several days. Lol.
To view all the songs, you can click the horizontal lines where it says, 1/15.
Songs In Playlist:
1) Bob Marley- Is This Love
2) Frankie Valli- I Love You Baby
“But if you feel like I feel,
please let me know that it’s real
You’re just too good to be true,
can’t take my eyes off of you
I love you baby and if it’s quite all right,
I need you baby to warm the lonely nights
I love you baby trust in me when I say”
3) H.E.R.- Best Part
“I just wanna see
I just wanna see how beautiful you are
You know that I see it
I know you’re a star
Where you go I follow
No matter how far
If life is a movie
Oh you’re the best part, oh oh oh
You’re the best part, oh oh oh
4) Khalid- Talk
“Can’t we just talk?
Can’t we just talk?
Talk about where we’re goin’
Before we get lost
Let me out first
Can’t get what we want without knowin’
I’ve never felt like this before
I apologize if I’m movin’ too far
Can’t we just talk?
Can’t we just talk?
Figure out where we’re goin'”
5) Keyshia Cole- Heaven Sent
6) Bonnie Raiit- Something To Talk About
7) Chris Stapleton- Tennessee Whiskey
“I’ve looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of a bottle’s always dry
But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it
‘Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me highYou’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”
8) Selena- Dreaming Of You
“Now I’m dreaming
With you tonight
And for all of my life
And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be
Than here in my room
Dreaming with you endlessly
With you tonight
And there’s nowhere in the world where I’d rather be
Than here in my room
I’ll be dreaming
Of you tonight
And I’ll be holding you tight”
9) Usher- Don’t Waste My Time
10) Faith Hill- Breathe
“‘Cause I can feel you breathe
It’s washing over me
And suddenly I’m melting into you
There’s nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
Slow and steady rush
Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s suppose to be
I can feel you breathe, just breathe”
11) Anita Baker- Sweet Love
“Sweet love hear me callin’ out your name
I feel no shame; I’m in love
Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
It’ll always be this wayThere’s no stronger love in this world, Oh, baby, no
You’re my man; I’m your girl
I’ll never go. Wait and see, can’t be wrong”
Don’t you know this is where you belong?
12) Snoop Dogg- Sensual Seduction
13) Tanto Metro & Devonte- Everyone Falls In Love
14) Wale ft. Usher- Matrimony (Jerry Seinfield in the beginning talking)
“If there’s a question of my heart, you’ve got it
It don’t belong to anyone but you
If there’s a question of my love, you’ve got it
Baby don’t worry, I’ve got plans for you
Baby, I’ve been making plans, oh love
Baby, I’ve been making plans for you
Baby, I’ve been making plans
Baby, I’ve been making plans for you”
15) Beyonce- Crazy In Love (remix)
“I look and stare so deep in your eyes
I touch on you more and more every time
When you leave, I’m begging you not to go
Call your name two, three times in a row
Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
‘Cause I know I don’t understand
Just how your love can do what no one else can”
Does songs play a part when it comes to your writing? Which ones?
It had never occurred to me that you can go through life with someone for so many years and still not know them. Most people put on masks for whom they like to portray for at that moment, and leave you in utter shock at the fact that they’d manipulated, betrayed you for so long. They will make themselves out to be the victim when all along they played you like a used up fiddle.Have you ever been to the point where you just want to throw your hands up and say, F**k it! I’m tired of fighting and redeeming myself loyal and worthy. “?
When you had dealt with a person you thought you can trust, and they turned around and done the unthinkable, you lose a part of yourself every day. Like a good-hearted person, you want to give them a chance. But, how many chances can you give them time after an exhausting time?
When does the mask come off? Who are they really? Love shouldn’t have to be so hard.
Your heart is bleeding. You are fighting your way out of a dark tunnel- to a light that shines bright to another day. Your soul can’t go on any longer in such a toxic situation. Where is the peace? When and how can you lift yourself up to remove yourself out of a tangled web you didn’t weave to begin with?
Know that you are loved. You are special and don’t deserve any type of abuse. You will come out of whatever negative and toxic situation you are in. Take it one day at a time.
Love yourself first. Have a wonderful day! 🌹
I’m going to let you all know something. Relaxation has never felt so blissful.
Soft music. Candlelight. Your favorite body fragrance scrub, etc. The works, you know.
Take the time out of your busy day- or night and get to know your body and yourself all over again. Relax your mind, body, and your spirit, and as often as you can.
Meditate. Pray. Shut the world out. Read. Write. Do whatever it is that helps you to relax. Take as much time as you need.
Go into that place where you find comfort and tranquility. Your higher self will thank you.
Life is short, so no matter what’s going on, relax, relax, relax!
Also, I love going to Youtube to listen to meditation music and the likes. One of my favorite channels is: Yellow Brick Cinema- Relaxing Music. I would like to share one of their many videos with you. I hope you enjoy it and helps you to find relaxation.
Below is an article from The Mayo Clinic I’ve snipped and wanted to share with you all. (Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.)
Learn how to use relaxation techniques to reduce stress and bring more calm into your life.
Types of relaxation techniques include:
- Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation technique, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress.You repeat words or suggestions in your mind that may help you relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.
- Progressive muscle relaxation. In this relaxation technique, you focus on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group.This can help you focus on the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You can become more aware of physical sensations.
In one method of progressive muscle relaxation, you start by tensing and relaxing the muscles in your toes and progressively working your way up to your neck and head. You can also start with your head and neck and work down to your toes. Tense your muscles for about five seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat.
- Visualization. In this relaxation technique, you may form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation.To relax using visualization, try to incorporate as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the ocean, for instance, think about the smell of salt water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on your body.
You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot, loosen any tight clothing, and concentrate on your breathing. Aim to focus on the present and think positive thoughts.
Other relaxation techniques may include:
- Deep breathing
- Tai chi
- Music and art therapy
Some of you may be on Twitter as often as you can. And some of you may get on every once in a while, every few days, or few weeks or so. I find myself on there every few days, though I’m slacking off with the word prompts events.
Another thing about Twitter is that other than connecting with those I follow there, I oftentimes find inspiration. Those inspirations may be for writing or life in general.
Below, are a few inspirations I’ve found on Twitter that I would like to share either you. Inspirations can come from anywhere. And they can remind you that though social media can be filled with superficiality, and can have its negatives, you can still find the good within it.
What inspires you, and do you find inspiration on social media?