Recently I was told by my English professor that my writing was very lyrical, even in the average paper I’ll write. In her words, I haven’t figured out the difference between a song and a story.
This led me to wonder… what is the difference? It seems these two art forms are incredibly inter-related. My entire novel is based on a song I heard in a particular place and time, and whenever I hear that song again I am transported back into the world that triggered my novel.
The same thing happened for the most recent paper I wrote for Comp. I had to read the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and then write a 5 page paper on it. Because I’m a procrastinator, I read the book in its entirety two nights before the paper was due. As I read, I listened to an entire playlist by the band Kutless. The next night, as I sat down to write my paper with no ideas written down and nothing but my (probably incomplete) memory of the book. I turned on the same music, though, and suddenly all of the ideas that had flowed through my head while reading seemed to just fall onto my blank word document. (The 5 page paper became a 7 page paper and received an A, by the way).
So are these two art forms- music and writing- this closely related for anyone else? Without music I could not write. It’s that simple.
Without being able to run to the piano and pound out a melody- sad, angry, lively, slow, sweet, happy, simple, complex, whatever- I would never be able to release a lot of the emotions that I am then able to put into words.
Music can express without a single word what I cannot express in a thousand.
What really struck me was the music I was listening to today- the Lord of the Rings piano cover by The Piano Guys (yes, that is a real group; if you’ve never heard them, look them up now!).
Anyway, in six minutes they expressed what it had taken J. R. R. Tolkien 3 huge volumes to tell. That being said, Tolkien was kind of the master of fantasy, as well as a creator of exceptional characters. He created an entire language. I’m not dissing him at all- in fact, I was kind of depressed considering that there is no way my writing will ever come close to his.
A single note of music can say more than I will ever be able to say, no matter how long or how well I write.
What is it about music? Does anyone else feel this way?
Or maybe it’s just me rambling again… (: