Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

Why I’m Here

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“So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.  And take it to the limit, one more time.”

-The Eagles, Take It To The Limit

I’ve been doing this thing, this whole blogging thing for a few months now.  I love it.  I didn’t know how much I’d love it.   That has been a welcome surprise.  I’ve always had two loves, writing and music.  One I can kinda do.  The other  not at all.  I have no musical talent.  But I love it and I live and breathe it and it inspires me.  Poetry is beautiful, but poetry set to music, in sync with music, is pure bliss.  I am in awe of people who can meld the two and create something from it.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that I start every single blog post with a song lyric.  There is a song, a lyric, a phrase, that encapsulates every thing I may ever want to write about.  And since I view life as a Jonathan Hughes or Cameron Crowe movie, I link lyrics to life events.  I have found that I actually think in song lyrics….   maybe that’s weird, but it’s the truth.   Something big or consequential happens and a line from a song pops in to my head and plays over and over.  I also narrate my life, inside my head, as if it is a book.  Think the voice over from Wonder Years or Arrested Development.  Not only do I narrate, but I try to make it sound lyrical, worthy of writing down.

I’ve had years of not putting one word down on paper.  Then I’ll hear a song.  And it affects me and I have to write.  What I write will in no way measure up to what inspires me, but it compels me to express myself and I think that has to be a good thing.  Some of these songs give me something to aspire to.  I love books, I have always loved to read, I read every day.  That definitely infuences the voice that I use, but it’s music that truly inspires me.  That, that is why I’m here.  I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember and I finally decided to put it in a paper trail.


5 Responses

  1. 🙂

    I liked this a lot. And yeah. You are pretty solid at this writing thing. You have an artist’s heart and mind.

    I love that you just put into words how I often feel.

    I sometimes name posts after favorite songs. I frequently use subheads that way. And over and over and over again, I’ll write something, or about something, that I associate with a particular song.

    I always try to share that with people, just in case there’s soul out there that is moved by the same things.

    As you are. Thank you for sharing your gifts. I hope you and your family had a lovely holiday season.

    Here’s to 2014.

    1. Thank you so much. Your comments are thoughtful and encouraging…. I am glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks in this way, maybe I’m not so weird after all! I totally rob and steal from the songs I like… Hopefully calling it inspiration (which it absolutely is) absolves me from any kind of charges of being unethical!

      1. I think when financial gain isn’t involved, that’s EXACTLY what it is.

        They are magicians. And I use some of their magic to make my stuff palatable. 🙂

        You’re not weird!

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