Ed Sheeran writes the soundtrack to my life!

Have you heard Ed Sheeran’s song from the new Hobbit film? I’m completely obsessed with it! I have it on repeat as I write and I wish I could find more songs that inspire me like this one does. As I said yesterday, I still haven’t compiled the right list of songs for my next book, but this one is certainly the first on the list.

I wish I could hire Ed to write songs just for me. But sadly, that’s never going to happen. In case you don’t know just how much I love Ed, I’ll tell you. I discovered him in August 2011 because I downloaded the UK top 40 and heard The A Team for the first time.  It was insta-love. I became OBSESSED and would listen to nothing else. I even bought a Little Martin Guitar like the one Ed plays.

In February 2012 I rounded up my husband and best friend and dragged them all the way to LA to see Ed play at Hotel Cafe. It was a small venue, maybe 200 people, and it was such an incredible experience. I got to meet Ed, he signed my guitar and after the show, a group of us ended up in a bar where I somehow ended up giving an impromptu concert of Ed Sheeran covers with the newly signed guitar. I am very shy when it comes to playing music, so this was a real milestone for me. I met some amazing friends in LA that I still speak with and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

I wish there was a way to go back and relive it just one more time.

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The music that inspired me to write

Hallelujah! I’ve finally figured out how to insert videos in my posts. I’m fairly certain most writers use music to inspire them as they write. I am no different. And from my experience I’ve learned that I don’t pick the music that inspires me, the music picks me.

I’ve always loved the band Within Temptation. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of symphonic rock, but Within Temptation has always been one of my favorites. As I wrote, I discovered that many of this band’s songs captured the way I was feeling as I wrote.

And of course, Ed Sheeran was on repeat for most of my writing days.

I still haven’t found the right soundtrack for my current writing project, but here are the songs that carried me through the first.

I love this song. It’s so powerful and I always imagined Mara’s strength as I listened to it.

This is one of my favorites and the video is absolutely gorgeous. Once again, I found this video really captured Mara’s struggle through the book.

This is another beautiful video. I usually listened to this while writing as Malcolm.

I am a HUGE Ed Sheeran fan, and so it’s no surprise that this song always brought me to Mara and Corbin

This one always reminded me of Corbin