Top 5: Songs to Inspire Me


My business partner and I have been planning this from the crib.

So, as you might know I am currently studying and trying to start a clothing label with my good friend, as well as nursing my little baby hobby (this blog). It means I spend a lot of time in front of my pink computer (named Princess Ly) staring at excel cash flow charts or researching some new fan-dangle social media advertising I suspect might work for our label. As well as planning to do something I hope will not only sustain my ability to live and eat but also be a creative success, I am lurking around ‘the interweb’ doing generally fuck-all.

This business venture means  I also have waves of panic – not just little baby waves that you can body surf on and maybe get some sand in your ear, oh no, I’m talking like those big waves they get off the coast of South Africa where the pro-surfers go. The kind of waves my mum (who is afraid of waves) would have nightmares about.  And the panic is probably justified… I am an ESL teacher by trade, and now suddenly I am planning a clothing label? That is fucking terrifying! Anyway, when I have the momentous waves of ‘holy-fuck-what-the-fuck-am-i-doing-with-my-life’ I listen to some songs to calm me down, and to inspire me to keep going. I thought I’d share them with you guys…

# 5: Stand for Something by Keida

I’ve talked about the beautiful Keida before in my post about reggae songs I love and this song is, like the rest of her stuff, really amazing. And, it calms me down with its chilled reggae vibe.

# 4: If 6 was 9 by Jimi Hendrix (you didn’t see that coming did you?)

Yeh, I know, probably not what you expected, but I find this particular Mr Hendrix song (if not all his songs) quite inspirational. And it’s got some kick arse lyrics in it.

# 3: Field of Dreams by Bliss n Eso

This video has the best way of reading lyrics ever, every lyric video should be like the one above. But man, what a wicked song! I listen to it and get instantly reassured that I can do this, and in fact, I can do anything! I love music that pushes you to keep going with whatever you are doing and also reassures you, and Paris Wells has such a lovely voice for the chorus.

# 2: Made by Dub FX

My good friends in Hanoi introduced me to this song, particularly the live version which you should watch here. But as well as his mad live skills it is also a very inspiring song. And man, the lyrics completed reassure me to do what I am doing, and, if it doesn’t end up working, it isn’t the end of the world anyway. The kind of sentiment is pretty obvious, but, we do end up forgetting it- and at the end of the day, “I ain’t gonna spend my life thinking about why I never made it; I’ve already made it.” Fucking simple.

# 1: My Day by Tarrus Riley

Yeh, anyone who knows me kinda knew this would be number 1, cos I pretty much listen to it daily. And it has such good lyrics, and I’ve been in love with Tarrus since he’s been searching for his dream woman and telling us sorry is a sorry word. It’s so exciting that his album Love Situation is the # 1 album in Billboard. Download it! You won’t regret it. Such positive vibes. Anyway, yes, this song inspires me the most and tells me to keep going, and I can do what I want. :)

So, there you have it, a top 5 with embedded youtube videos! Aren’t I tricksy? I have also fixed up my other top 5s involving music now too, if you want to check them out and have a music injection of madness on this rainy saturday!

What songs inspire you?

xox Jacqui

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6 Comments on Top 5: Songs to Inspire Me

  1. Sarah
    February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    What a cute shot of you two as kids!

    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 24, 2014 at 2:38 am (1 year ago)

      yeh, we are thinking of putting it on business tags somewhere :D

  2. Priya
    February 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Jacqui! Thank you for your always sweet comments! I really appreciate them.

    You’re starting a clothing label?? How awesome! I can’t wait to see what you come up with/support it on my blog as well! No doubt you’ll have some crazy cool combinations, like all your outfits on the blog :)

    I have to stay I don’t recognize these songs, but I’ll have to check them out. I love that you have made playlists for so many different moods- I love a good playlist and listen to music all day at work. I’ll have to give them a listen.

    ♥ perfectly PRIYA

    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm (1 year ago)

      :) you should check those songs out, you might find a favorite :D :D

  3. Brett Rossi
    February 27, 2014 at 1:22 am (1 year ago)

    Is it ok if I tweet about this posting?


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