We've all heard the saying 'Music soothes the savage beast'. The author of that great line was spot on. I'm not savage (most of the time I'm not - grins), and I'm certainly not a beast (well, unless you count how I look when I first get out of bed), but music calms me straight away when I'm in a funk. It wakes my muse. Rattles the creative gnome living in my brain. And makes me happy.
I love words, so my brain automatically links to the lyrics of a song before it ever hears a note of music. And i find myself trying to figure out if there's an underlying message or meaning to the words. Were they written for someone special? Or just a random gift to us from the artist?
Since I write romance, I navigate to songs about love and relationships. My current jumpstarter song is, 'Thank You For Loving Me' by Bon Jovi. If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend it. (There are a couple of versions on YouTube, but I listen to the acoustic verson which is also marked as the official video).
What kind of music shifts your imagination into high gear?