“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.
Love your title! Very catchy.
Thank you! Of course, it’s totally ripped off from a song I like…
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.
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!
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!