WP_20140316_048Some of you reading this blog may know that I spent the day at the Country to Country Music Festival in London yesterday. This is actually a two day festival but I had never been before so I only went for the one day this year. However, it was such a fabulous day that I really am tempted to go for the whole weekend next year 🙂

I am a new convert to country music, having only got into it last year as a result of watching the TV programme ‘Nashville’. Even though some of my family members have always liked it, and I have liked some of the greats, like Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell etc for years, I didn’t really think of it as my kind of music until I saw that programme on TV. I found the music so inspiring that I started looking for other more contemporary country music singers on Spotify and the next thing I knew, I was hooked. My favourite band in the early days of my conversion was Lady Antebellum and I really liked the hot, sexy nature of some of their songs so much so that I decided to write my own contemporary romance with a country music theme. Yesterday, I got to see another band that I have come to love, ‘The Band Perry’ and they even sang one of the songs that my main character covers in my novel, which is possibly my favourite song of theirs. My daughter has also been converted and she introduced me to Brad Paisley who we also saw perform yesterday and he is responsible for leaving me with his latest song, ‘Mona Lisa’ going round and round my head this morning! A truly lovely guy and a great performer.

One of the best experiences of the day though was being able to see up and coming bands on pop-up stages around the O2 arena. This idea really inspired me and I’m definitely going to add it in to my story somehow 🙂 The best band we saw on a pop-up stage was a Scottish duo, no less, called Raintown. Some of you might already know them because they’re really doing well and they were absolutely fantastic live and seem to have a great following already. If you don’t know them, you really should check them out.

So this year, I went to the UK festival for one of my birthday presents. The only other thing I want to do now is to go to Nashville itself and I have already told my family that that’s what I want to do next year for my big birthday!

After such an inspiring day yesterday, I feel reinvigorated to carry on with my rewrite of ‘From Here to Nashville’ once more and I feel more hopeful that the end is in sight now. Going to the festival couldn’t have come at a better time for me, giving me just the motivation I need to keep going.

What motivates you to carry on with you writing? Let me know by leaving a comment below, I love to hear from readers of my blog. Thanks for reading.


8 Comments on Finding new inspiration at a Country Music festival

    • It’s amazing how much more productive I’ve been today. Well, actually it’s only been a little bit more (!) but it helped me break through a difficult place which has got to be good, right? 😉 Thanks for reading.

  1. I discovered country music only a few years ago, and I’m a big fan of John Denver. I find his music extremely inspiring (in fact, I’ve written one of my historicals — set in the Black Forest, no less! *ggg* — while listening to a John Denver CD). I’m definitely going to check out some of the other bands you’ve mentioned in your post. Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s nice to meet someone else who enjoys it as much as I do. I loved John Denver as a child because my mum did 🙂 I find his music so poignant. Have you heard the song ‘Sunshine on my shoulders’ ? If you haven’t, you can hear it on You Tube but you will need lots of tissues! Let me know what you think of the other bands I mentioned. Thanks for reading and replying.

  2. It’s great to hear how your experiences are influencing your writing Julie – and that it’s providing some much need inspiration. 🙂 Not sure there’s an alternative out there for my novel given it’s set in a palliative care unit…Hmm, not so cheery and upbeat!
    Hope to read that next year your family have saved up for you to go to Nashville; not only would it be a treat, but it would be a ‘working trip’ that would enhance your novel. (On a related note, have you considered applying to the Arts Council England for some money to make the trip – I believe other authors with the support of writing associations have done similar? Just an idea ;))
    Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Cat. I had such a great day and it really helped me to crack on with things yesterday. I imagine it’s the same for you with the Huddersfield Lit. Fest. You sound like you’ve been having a good time anyway!
      I would definitely like to go next year but as you say, it will all come down to pennies. Not sure if I could justifiably apply to the Arts Council but I’ll take a look. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for taking the time to respond. I hope you know how much I appreciate it 🙂

  3. I love reading things like this!! I am a Tour Manager for a new country artist here in Nashville, TN. Working in the country music business is great. Some of the best crews to work with. I work for a songwriter/artist Adam Sanders, he has written songs for artists such as Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice. Check out all the artists on that list and two more, Florida Georgia Line, the best new artists is Thomas Rhett. You should look into coming to CMA Fest one year. http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/

    • Hi Andy!
      Thanks so much for this lovely comment and for finding my blog, I’m amazed at that 🙂 It sounds like you have a dream job and like you really enjoy it too. I will definitely check out your list. I know some of the people you mention but definitely not all so thanks for those tips. I would absolutely love to come to the CMA Fest one day. We’re hoping to get to Nashville next year for the first time so who knows? Good luck with your job and thanks again.

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