Music Inspiring Writing: Christine Sutton

by Emerian Rich

Welcome to my blog series all about how ♫ Music Inspires Writing ♫

Today my guest is Christine Sutton, a writer and music lover.

What Music and Writing Mean to Me

Christine Sutton

Music and writing. Writing and music. I personally feel that the two go quite nicely together. When I sit down to write in a room that is only filled with the sounds of silence – not the Simon and Garfunkel song, or even that bad-ass cover by Disturbed that I can’t stop listening to – I just can’t get my mojo flowing.

csuttonI sit at my laptop and stare at the huge white expanse that is my open word document, with nary a word typed to fill the void. Also, it’s depressing as hell.

So, I get out my phone. I resist the urge to check my facebook –several times– and go to my cloud where all of my music is stored. I scroll to the playlist titled “Writing music” and hit play.

Instantly, I am transported to a place of warm fuzzies. My soul opens, and my creativity overflows like a cup of tea poured by an inattentive waiter.

Actually, what really happens is that I end up rocking out to the first song. Then, I put fingers to keys on the second song. The third song usually finds me furiously typing.

I have pretty eclectic taste when it comes to music, too. My playlist ranges from Patsy Cline to Lady Gaga. From Dave Matthews to Cee Lo Green to show tunes from Les Miserables.

I am inspired by beautiful voices. I’m inspired by that spark of creativity that seems to be so natural. I start to fancy myself to be naturally talented, and I instantly feel better about what I’m writing. It’s like I’m being personally cheered on by Howard Jones, Fleetwood Mac, or Maroon 5. Which would actually be pretty damn cool.

How much do you think Adam Levine or Stevie Nicks would charge for that? Yeah, probably a lot. *sigh*

I’m also pretty much equal opportunity when it comes to music. I don’t change what I’m listening to in order to suit my writing. I don’t put on Carole King when writing a scene about missing someone. I don’t throw on Prince when a sexy scene is in order. No death metal when I’m choreographing a fight scene. Music doesn’t work that way for me. It’s not the style of song that inspires me. It’s the art of music.

Lady Gaga makes me think of how freeing it is to follow your own path and be true to yourself, no matter what others may think or say. The B-52s make me think about how anyone, no matter their style, can create beautiful things. David Bowie makes me realize that as long as you follow your dreams, you can make them happen. Coldplay and Nickelback remind me that there will always be people that like to talk shit, but as long as your art makes one person happy, that is all that matters.

There is a lesson in every artist, in every song. Your job as a listener/writer is to find out what the song means to you.

Or, if you prefer, you can sit in silence. After all, it is golden. Just not to me.

I decided to include an unedited list of my current writing songs. The list changes frequently, but it’s always filled with songs that make me happy. Maybe you’ll see an old favorite on here that sparks a little creativity in you, too.

Little Bird

Annie Lennox – Diva

Take Me to Church

Hozier – Take Me to Church EP

When I Was Your Man

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox [Explicit]

My Immortal (Band Version)

Evanescence – Fallen

When Doves Cry (LP Version)

Prince – Purple Rain [Explicit]


Commodores – Gold

So Far Away

Carole King – Tapestry


Commodores – Gold

No One Is To Blame

Howard Jones

Someone Like You

Adele – 21

Makes Me Wonder (Explicit)

Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. (Explicit)


Maroon 5 – Hands All Over [+Digital Booklet]

Harder To Breathe

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

This Love

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

Moves Like Jagger

Maroon 5 – Hands All Over

Need You Now

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now [+digital booklet]

Forget You

Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer


Lady Gaga – The Fame

All Of Me

John Legend – Love In The Future

The Sound Of Silence

Disturbed – Immortalized (Deluxe Version) [Explicit]

Hotel California

Eagles – Hotel California

Take On Me

A-Ha – Hunting High And Low (Deluxe Edition)

American Pie

Don McLean – American Pie

Mr. Jones

Counting Crows – August And Everything After


Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

No Rain

Blind Melon – Blind Melon


Coldplay – Parachutes

The Chain

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Piano Man

Billy Joel – Piano Man


Michael Bublé – It’s Time


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Thank you Christine for sharing your thoughts!

So what music inspires you to write? Share yours in the comments below and tune in here next time when one of my friends shares their music inspirations.