This semester I am taking a special topics course called From Page to Stage: Writing & Performing Poetry. It’s a course where we will be writing poetry and learning to perform it with and without the accompaniment of music. Our first two assignments in this class have been to listen to two pieces of music, be inspired by them, and then write what comes to mind. I’ve found these assignments to be pretty easy because I have an easy time visualizing things, especially when I’m inspired, but what blew me away is how differently everyone in the class was inspired. Each of came up with completely different ideas and it amazed me just how differently we all took in the music and were inspired by it.
This led me to thinking about music and just how much it can inspire a person’s writing. I’ve read books where at the end the author put in the list of songs they listened to while writing the book or any specific song that inspired a specific scene. Some authors get titles or even lines of their books from music, and sometimes it happens reverse (Think Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls which is also the title of a Hemingway novel).
I do listen to a lot of music, but it never really hit me just how much it inspires me and motivates me as not only a writer, but a person too. Music, just like a great novel, can stay with you for the rest of your life, so in my opinion, there really isn’t that big of a difference between music and books! The two actually seem to go hand-in-hand.
So my question for all of you is how do you use music to inspire your writing? And what kind of music do you find most effective to listen when you write? Or what is your favorite genre of music to listen to when you write? I’m interested to see all your responses and if you’re interested I’ll post a list of some of my favorite songs to listen to while I write!