On this blog I intermittently share music that features on my writing playlist. You can check out the recommendations under the 'Music Inspo' tag. Today I'm listening to Arlo Parks and highly recommend this blissful offering from her forthcoming EP.
Arlo Parks, Second Guessing (October 2019)
Why: Parks is a poet and singer based in London. The sublime "Second Guessing" is the first track from her forthcoming EP, Sophie. Her debut EP Super Sad Generation was released earlier this year. This dreamy piece of pop music contemplates the challenge of constantly trying to meet other peoples expectations and second guessing yourself along the way. Much like the quiet, understated video, this is the kind of song you want to listen to at night, staring at the ceiling and imagining a sky full of stars.
Favourite Lyrics: Do you remember / when you broke your arm / tryna climb your way to paradise?
Welcome to the first of my music inspo posts. I plan to intermittently share music that features on my writing playlists. You can check out the recommendations under the 'Music Inspo' tag. I'm kicking things off with a song that has been playing on repeat for the last month or so.
The Highwomen, If She Ever Leaves Me (September 2019)
Why: Sometimes with country music I stumble across a song that grabs me and never lets go. This is one of those. The Highwomen is a quartet made up of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby, all successful artists in their own right. This song is my favourite from their debut album. It has that immediately distinctive country sound and Carlile's vocals are as lush and captivating as ever. Lyrically this song also hits all the right spots for me, from the way it avoids being overly sentimental to the queering of the 'woman meets man in a bar' trope. Love it.
Favourite Lyrics: I've loved her in secret / I've loved her out loud / The sky hasn't always been blue / It might last forever / It might not work out / But if she ever leaves me, it won't be for you