Apart from writing, painting and trying to be creative, I’m also a BIG fan of music. I have a very eclectic taste, ranging from classical [ the Russians are a favourite] modern jazz, folk music, pop, to New Age.
My misspent youth was largely spent at music colleges and music centres. I had plans to play clarinet professionally, in those days. My world changed and I went down another road; but, my love of music remains.
These days it is instrumental in inspiring my writing and painting. What a terrible pun! Sorry.
I challenge anyone to listen to the likes of Rachmaninoff, or Shostakovich and not produce a suitably dramatic and deep piece of writing.
Equally, modern jazz sings to my soul and brings a bit of modernity and edginess to my prose. A bit of New Age music can get me suitably chilled out and help me to bare my soul, via my words.
Sometimes, the music has to be loud and other times, just playing gently in the background.
I compare it to incidental, or background music in a movie, or television programme. It can drive the idea and appeal to the senses. I’m in my own strange world, with my characters and their lives and the music fills in the gaps.
The other night I felt inspired by a bit of Ralph Vaughan Williams and his Serenade to Music. I found, what I thought was a rather fabulous video on YouTube, created by a guy that had cleverly combined these two great artists.
After I’d watched that video the next piece in my writing jigsaw, for an ongoing story idea, appeared. Magic!
So, how about you?
- Do you need music to drive and channel those thoughts?
- If so, what kind of music sings to your soul?
- Or, if you need silence… does it have to be absolute?
- Is anyone allowed to breathe?
Thanks for dropping by here and if you want to take a look at the said, inspiring video click on here to go to my other blog and have a listen.
Until the next time.