Music is amazing. It speaks a language we all can understand, and it can speak volumes of who you are as a person. Music has been what I affectionately call my “best friend/biggest enemy” since I was a child. I’d spend hours in my bedroom with my stereo blasting as I wrote stories I’ll never remember. I’m pretty sure my mother should have invested in ear plugs. As it is, music is an enormous part of my everyday life (and my kids are slowly learning to love the same music I do. Yay, exposure therapy!).

Here, I’ll list songs (and occasionally add videos) to songs that inspire me while writing—or that I fixate on randomly!


Sleep Well, My Angel — We Are the Fallen

Moral of the Story — Ashe ft Niall Horan

Fuck Authority — Pennywise

Red is the Rose — High Kings

Maybe This Time — Liza Minelli

If I Ever Leave This World Alive — Flogging Molly

Mordred’s LullabyHeather Dale

Alyssa Lies — Jason Michael Carroll

Green Fields of France — Dropkick Murphys

Hello — Evanescence

Gaslighter — The Chicks

Dirty Laundry — Don Henley

Where Are We Going from Here? — Blackmore’s Night

Radio Silence — John Bird, Jr

Requiem — Laura Dreyfuss, Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson

Heavy — Linkin Park and Kiiara

I Don’t Believe You — P!nk

Manic Pixie Dream Girl — ettie

Broken Window Serenade — Whiskey Myers

Let’s Take a Drive — Christian Kane

Hear Me Now (Acoustic) — Framing Hanley

Wilder — John Bird, Jr

Best Deceptions — Dashboard Confessional

Used to Be — Steve Aoki, Kiiara, and Wiz Khalifa

Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) — Elle King and Miranda Lambert

Grey Room Damien Rice

Family Tradition — Senses Fail

Deep End — I Prevail