This week I wanted to share one of my lighter songs. There's a lot of dark scenes, a lot of tragedy and hardship explored in The Paladin, but I don't want that to detract from the fact that even in the worst of times, there are moments of peace and even happiness to be found.
This week I want to share The Girl from Ipanema performed by Bebel Gilberto. I understand this is a stark contrast from last weeks Rob Zombie piece, but as a writer I need to be able to swing from mood to mood on a dime. I need to be able to writer a tragic death scene today and an intimate love scene tomorrow.
The Girl from Ipanema, specifically Bebel Gilberto's performance, is calming, relaxing, and delicious to my soul. It brings more than a calm, it brings a sweet ease, something actively non-active. It's been valuable during my brainstorming sessions and will get a lot more play in the follow up story to The Paladin. (No spoilers, but I do name drop this character in this novel!)
So especially with the events that have occurred recently, I invite you to join me today in melting away into the sweet serenade of Bebel Gilberto. Let your soul relax and see what inspiration flows for you.
Is there a song or artist that you go to for inspiration? To calm down? To get jazzed or psyched? Tell me in the comments below!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.