I’m working on another book for the Cecily Taylor Series and since it's a series about a girl who loves music, I have been trying to listen to some new music for inspiration. As you know, I’ve been inspired by so many great artists for the past two books, so I thought I’d share what’s been inspiring the scenes for the new Cecily Taylor book. These songs relate to both the Cecily character and Andrew Holiday (the indie pop star character) as well.
First, the new Mac Miller album was JUST released and what I’ve heard so far is really moving. I was actually going over interviews he did for inspiration the very week he died. I got inspiration from him (and George Michael—among others) when creating the Andrew Holiday character. I still remember someone messaged me that he had passed and I literally had three tabs open on my computer with interviews of him. It hit me like a truck. Honestly, I haven’t been able to listen to much of his music since then because that was pretty jarring, but today I went on YouTube to listen to some of the new stuff and “Circles” is amazing.
Another song on repeat right now is from Lana Del Rey. I always loved the “Young and Beautiful” song from “The Great Gatsby” movie and I happened to be reading the blog by a girl who mentioned an album by Lana she loved so I put I went over to find a couple of the songs on YouTube and it's so mellow that it's completely chilled me out—and you know that's quite a feat for me! I’m a little ball of anxiety trying to pass as a person. “13 Beaches” is the song that I keep listening and it's inspiring me right now with a scene I’m writing this series. It’s a song that I can see from the point of view of both Cecily and Andrew, so it’s really motivating me right now with this new chapter in the book.
I’m also listening to a lot of Matt Pokora as he’s become a new influence for the series (spoiler alert: there might be a new character coming…ahem…) Okay fine, there’s a new character coming and that’s all I’m saying (You guys are going to freak out when you read this next—no, no! No more spoilers!) Just stay tuned…
Moving on…I’m loving some of the new Selena Gomez album (haven’t listened to it all yet tho). It’s very raw and honest and I love vulnerability in music. “Rare” is so good.
I also love the new one from MaRina, called, “News.” You guys might remember that her “Flesh and Bone” song inspired me in writing parts of, In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety, as we have Cecily dealing with the glare of the new spotlight on her after being in a music video and with her new modeling career as well as what the other more seasoned models (Scarlett and Neneh) go through. I really love this song.
George Michael has always been a major inspiration for this series, so I’m always playing something of his. There’s also some Lauren Daigle on here and Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.
If you have any song recommendations you think fit the series then put them in the comments because I’d love to check them out!
Anyway, here’s a sample of the playlist for book three for you guys to check out as I’m working on it. Check out my Cecily Taylor Series playlist here:
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Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.