Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother is an accomplished flutist and violinist. My brother, sister and I were all taught piano from both our grandmother and aunt, and then moved on to other teachers as we progressed. I learned and still do play the french horn. And I sing.
Not well. I would never get up in front of people and start singing a solo. But with the radio, yes. I will sing along with all the songs I know, and try a few of the ones I don’t. I will whistle to the classical pieces if I happen to be listening to them and I will feel the bass groove along with a great jazz tune. I’m rather eclectic in my tastes in music, but this gives me so much to draw from when it comes to inspiration.
I listen to a lot of country music. Mostly because of the stories (and let’s face it, they are really singable in the car). And so I will listen to the story that is brought to life in a four minute song, and then the characters start to build. I imagine what were they like before and after that piece of their history was put to music. I begin to weave in other characters that were also impacted by that four minute story and I add quirks and setting and before I know it that four minute song has become a the beginning of a novel.
It’s so much fun to do this. I love it when a song, or even several, embed themselves in my brain to be that spark that generates whole people and emotional events that they go through. After all, this is what makes songs good – they create a connection with us, they bring up the pain, or the triumph, or the anger, or the joy that we all have experienced. It makes us recognize we are not in this life alone. If someone could write a song about it, it means that others will know and understand.
And that’s what I hope my stories do as well. They bring out those emotions, help you examine them and recognize that we are not alone in whatever we are going through.
And what I really want is to help you to realize that happy endings are possible.
Let me know what your favorite song is in a comment and I’ll let you know if it might inspire a whole story!