Yes I am a songwriter, but I consider myself a music fan first and foremost. My drive to write songs is fueled by discovering what other chords/melodies/music are out there. So often I hear other artists pushing boundaries with their music and writing and it makes me want to do the same. Below I have included a list of FIVE songs that inspire me and yes I'll admit, make me a little jealous wishing I had thought of them first!
1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears. This song to me is the definition of the 80s. The synth and drum sounds are beautiful, great melody and meaningful lyrics. And a great measuring stick for me is: no matter how many times I've heard this song, I'm still not sick of it!
2. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen. These guys are geniuses on so many levels - Brian May is one of my favorite guitarists but also is an astrophysicist in his spare time! With this song, the music fits the message and I always come away from this song feeling pumped up. Its Queen so you'll hear fantastic vocals and musicianship and also very interesting arrangements that keep the listener on their toes!
3. Time Of The Season - The Zombies. This song has such style and tasty flavor - crazy to think the band broke up before it was even released. The song features great harmonies from the band and the signature clap + "ahh" from vocalist Colin Blunstone is one of the coolest parts ever laid down.
4. She Seila - The Producers. First of all this band is tragically unknown among many music fans. Watch this ridiculously awesome performance from MTV's New Years Rock & Roll Ball 1982/83 - the energy, the vocals, the keyboard...are you kidding me?! How was this band not hugely famous?? And kudos to MTV for airing something so incredible...wow times have sure changed.