Music really inspires me to write. I remember (way back when sometime) reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I don't know who gave me the book or really what it was about. What I do remember was a reference to a song by The Smiths called Asleep (which is sort of a depressing song) but it was so out of the box and so new for me. It made me want to find more secret songs like that. Ever since then I have been on a search for secret songs that inspire. Here is a small list of the songs that helped me write The Descendants, a few of which are actually mentioned in the book.
Saves The Day - Hold
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight
Annie Stela - It's You
Andy Davis - Please Turn Red, Spontaneous
Cat Power - The Greatest
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Right now, as I am writing my second book, I have Des'ree - Kissing You on the loop. I need new songs though. Feel free to share your favorites. I'd love to know.