Uplifting Music For The Saddened Writing Heart

Post by L.O. Nobi

Welcome everyone to September on Path2pub themed around MUSIC! Please have your seats, the band will go live any second now.

Considering I’d come up with this theme, ‘Musically Written’ it was funny that I had found myself wondering what I could possibly write about music—that also concerned writing, as the two don’t exactly meld together in my head. I do love music and I love writing, but I can’t quite combine the two.

And thankfully, this idea came to me!

Alas, matters in the publishing industry seem to toughen by the week. The other day the DOJ vs PRH trial unfolded and ended up discouraging lots of writers from pursuing traditional publishing. But while these all happened, I still believe that if being traditionally published is a dream, then you have to find hope and keep going.

And one of the best places to find Hope is in music. Before I started pursuing publication I used to adore slow songs that hit deep. But since I started up this path, experiencing different bumps along the road, my tastes have momentarily shifted to more upbeat music. Those that lift my spirits and make me want to dance even at times when I feel discouraged.

And those are what I’ll be sharing with you today! (Note: the songs’ Youtube links are on their titles so click away to listen).

Uplifting Music for the Discouraged Writing Heart

Imagine Dragons – #1

First of all I LOVE Imagine Dragons. They have so many awesome songs with catchy tunes and amazing messages. However, this song has a message I think is especially inspiring for writers who are starting to doubt themselves. Just look at this lyrics:

Cause I know what I’m meant to be
I don’t need no one to believe
When it’s all been said and done
I’m still my number one
‘Cause I know what I’m meant to be
These people might not see
When it’s all been said and done
I’m still my number one

It’s great to have a support system when pursuing a dream. But it’s also very important that you believe in yourself first. That you be your number one fan.

Keith Urban – Wild Hearts

I’m admittedly not the biggest Keith Urban fan, although I’ve loved some of his songs (especially parallel lines, which Ed Sheeran co-wrote, but that’s beside the point!). Anyway, Wild Hearts is a bop with a strong ‘don’t give up’ message that can uplift you on tough days.

This goes out to the drifters
And all of the dreamers ready to fly
All those born to be rock stars
Lifting their guitars and painting the sky
Can you hear me?
All of you lost ones who aren’t really lost ones
Keep shining your light
This goes out to the wild cards and all of the wild hearts

Even without listening to the song, doesn’t that sound motivating? It certainly does for me!

• BEYONCÉ – Break My Soul

So Beyoncé album couldn’t have come out at a better time. I love Lemonade and all the heart wrenching emotions in the tunes. However, because of the publishing mode, I knew I couldn’t give her new album as much attention as I typically would if it made me want to bawl each time it played. And then lucky me, Bey read my mind and decided to release a dance album in 2022! Listen:

I’m lookin’ for motivation
I’m lookin’ for a new foundation
And I’m on that new vibration
I’m buildin’ my own foundation
Hold up, oh, baby, baby, You won’t break my soul

Periodt. Don’t let anyone or anything break your soul, friends!

Lauren Daigle: You Say

This song and uplifting are more or less synonymous! Its one of my favorites of all time. It’s not exactly upbeat but it has a melody that won’t get you too in your head. I’m just going to merge my favorite lines together because they’re so inspiring:

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up; You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And you say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours

The lines aren’t just one of the most heartening things there are out there. The music is also so lovely you fall in love with it at first listen!

The Greatest Showman: This Is Me

If I get into how much I love this song (and all the songs in this musicale), I probably wouldn’t stop. So let’s get right to the lyrics that fits in this context:

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum…
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun

‘Sharpest words’ can come in form of passes and rejections to your stories, and they definitely bruise your confidence and perseverance. But, we’ll keep marching on and reaching for the sun.

I could go on with more inspiring, upbeat music on my recent playlists, but this should do for now! When you’re feeling down, seek messages of hope in melodies and shake your booty while at it. Trust me you’ll feel much better afterwards!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the month’s music theme. Share with me below, what are some of your favorite songs these days and why?

L.O. Nobi is an avid writer, with numerous novels constantly blinking at her on her laptop. She’s a lover of words, reading, and Disney. You can find her tweeting here, or visit her personal blog here.

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12 thoughts on “Uplifting Music For The Saddened Writing Heart

  1. Ahh I love this music theme! And the structure of this post. Yes music can be very uplifting. Thanks for sharing this, I’ll check them out!


  2. I love this post’s intro and YES to music 🎶 😇 I love your selection! Was playing all the YouTube videos with each song and the vibes I got ✨✨ you have good taste, Lucia. I’ve always been a fan of You Say and it’s great to meet another fan!


  3. This post is so beautiful with all the chosen lyrics written out like that. Indeed I find them all to be inspiring🥰. I’m a big Bey fan and at first I was skeptical about the dance album because Break My Soul took a while to grow on me, and I really wanted something Lemonade-y. But then I listened to the album and was sold!


  4. I’ve been waiting on Imagine Dragon’s album. I know it’s going to have plenty of uplifting and upbeat gems. Your music taste is great 😉


  5. This is an angle I hadn’t thought about, but you’re right. Music can be a solace when the going gets tough. And I’m so glad the greatest Showman is on this list!

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  6. Oh yay, the musical Path2pub has began 🤩

    I love this post so much. I’m a fan of Keith Urban and Lauren, but after reading the lyrics with your description, I’ll definitely will listen to them with a new pov. Bookmarked ⭐️

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