@EricLeva DOES #INSPIREDBYSOUND TAKEOVER, April 10, 2015
Whenever we can, we have photographers takeover our Instagram page for a weekend to talk music and show how their photography is #InspiredBySound. This past weekend we had Eric Leva (@ericleva) takeover. See either our feed or below on how music inspires his photography.
When I was seven years old, I taught myself how to play the piano by ear. A year later I was accepted into the preparatory program at New England Conservatory, where I spent the next ten years studying classical music extensively. My favorite composers were Chopin, Debussy, and Beethoven. To this day, I still visit the conservatory and practice in some of the rooms I used to have workshops in. The Steinways still sound great, too. #InspiredBySound x @ericleva
Four of my favorite records. "Back to Black", "For Emma, Forever Ago", "Days Are Gone", and "Everybody". It's funny how music can hit you at the right place at the right time. I had just started writing songs when this Ingrid Michaelson record came out on my 17th birthday. I took that as a sign that it was going to leave an impact on my life. To this day, the opening track "Soldier" is my favorite song. Every time I hear it, I remember exactly how I felt hearing it for the first time through my car speakers in the parking lot of Barnes and Noble. These records take me back. #InspiredBySound x @ericleva // What are your favorite records?
I get a lot of questions about where I find inspiration for lyrics. For me, the lyrics that always move me the most feel genuine – but ironically enough, it can be challenging to write the truth if you try too hard. I have found that a great way to find inspiration is to listen to the words and phrases people naturally use in everyday language. There have been many times where an honest and meaningful conversation over coffee with a best friend has later sparked the premise for a full song. This is because in a unfiltered conversation, you don't have to be artful with what you say, you just want to speak your mind. #InspiredBySound x @ericleva