For me, the quintessential artist whom I draw on for inspiration is Van Morrison. It never fails to tickle this home-grown Jersey girl that she turns to a modern Irish bard instead of a blue collar Bruce Springsteen when she needs to crystalize her vision.
For me, Van's music is integral to my MS. I originally had some of his lyrics begin my paranormal romance because they summed up my hero so perfectly. I'm not alone in loving songs since many romance authors post a list of songs that make up their book's "soundtrack." You can bet that Van will be featured prominently when I post my own list.
His songs touch on the same themes that my stories do. They explore a spiritual connection, expound a sense of wonder, articulate human failings and glorify love. His melodies sweep me off my feet and deposit me in a different place and often a different time.
I saw him in concert once--many years ago as a callow youth. And I didn't understand half of what I was listening to. I wanted the obvious hits, not the musical journey he offered at that time. Now I am both older now and wiser and his songs have become the good friends that I turn to when the blank page stares back at me and the white noise in my mind refuses to quiet.
My thanks,Van, for the gift of inspiration.
So what singer/songwriters inspire you?
(special thanks to Lichtdesigner on Flickr for the photo)