What Songs Inspire You?

Here are some of the songs that I use to inspire and motivate me to keep writing. There isn’t any particular order here, just sort of including them as I find them.  It is a partial list. I may adjust it later or I might not.

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  1. Good stuff, JB…more Elvis though, please. Glad you used his Vegas period as it’s my favorite. LOVE what he did with other’s songs…made them his own!

  2. You’ve got some great stuff there, Jack!

    Nothing beats the Stones, man! Especially that opening riff on Brown Sugar is a killer. Turn it up loud here:


    • Hi Kris,

      My apologies for the delayed response. Your comment was eaten by Akismet but I found it and here we are.

      Love that cut of Brown Sugar you linked to, simply awesome.

  3. G’day Jack,
    I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. I guess that I should point out that I’m fast approaching the time when that will be last Wednesday!

    Interestingly enough, I’ve always regarded music as something to be savoured and relished and enjoyed. Maybe that’s self indulgent. I have seen musical performance as something to “aspire to.” But I’ve never regarded music as something I’m “inspired by.”

    I just don’t dig songs like “Amazing Grace.” And as for repeating the word “Allelujah” innumerable times and calling it a song………well, it does inspire me to switch the radio off.

    Anyway, just to show that I’m not a total Philistine, my favourite love songs are
    “All the Things You Are,” “The Very Thought of You,” and “The Nearness of You.”

    Just the other day, I found a CD of Lee Wiley and put it on while writing a blog post. Lee was a fine singer. But the blog post had to take a back seat as I kept thinking, “Did Cole Porter really write that” or “Jess Stacey’s playing epitomises swinging and immaculate taste,” or ‘That’s Fats waller on organ isn’t it?”

    I was inspired to listen more and write less.

    If that’s what you mean, that’s OK. If not, “one day God may give me the grace” to paraphrase something an old German nun once said to a clerical friend of mine who refused to attend a temperance convention.

    For all that, If you have as much fun listening as I do, we’re both, to use Ira Gershwin’s words, “doin’ alright.”


    • Hi Leon,

      I suspect that you have quite a while before your memory “shrinks.”

      Music is absolutely something that should be savored, relished and enjoyed.

      Part of its purpose is to make us feel something and to take us from whatever we are doing to somewhere else.

      There have been more than a few moments in my life where I found that music made me forget what I was doing.

      That is the sort of experience I want every time.

  4. Somebody to Love by the Blues Brothers, my kids’ favorite Blues Brothers (we listen non-stop to their album).
    Love the Elvis and Johnny Cash entries too.
    If I were to add my own? Frank Sinatra “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” might be one.
    Nice list.

  5. Hey Jack,

    Nice compilation.


    Johnny Cash singing a Nine Inch Nails song. Well, that just can’t be beat.
    Love Johnny and Nine Inch Nails “Pretty Hate Machine” is one of my all time favorite CDs. Never got sick of it.

    Social D. Love it.

    Rush reminds me of high school. Had all their albums. All that vinyl long gone.

    Gimme Shelter is my favorite Stones song.

    Hard to argue with “Suspicious Minds”

    And who doesn’t love Ray?

    My list as of late.
    Pink Floyd never gets old
    Sigur Ros
    Ulrich Schnauss
    Nirvana unplugged
    Just about anything by Ween
    And my son has me hooked on Broken Bells
    I could go on 🙂

    • Love Pink Floyd. I am not real familar with Sigu Ros but the few songs I have heard are cool. Don’t know Schnauss at all.

      ELO is always good as is AC/DC. I am not a big Nirvana fan, not sure way.

      But a good list nonetheless.

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