Saturday, January 17, 2015

Writing With Music

Once upon a time, long ago, I was a singer in a rock band and did worship in a little church on Sunday mornings. Music has always had a huge impact on my life. I don't cry during movies because of subject matter, I cry because of the music. I can hear a song from a specific time of my life and be instantly transported to that memory in my mind. Therefore, it completely makes sense that music would influence my writing. A song (or even a video) will spark an idea, and off they go, running hand in hand together. Sometimes it will take years for the idea to germinate, growing more and more every time I hear the song, and sometimes I must dash madly off and find a pen the first time I hear a song on the radio. 
My latest project is a story set in the 1880's. It's the story of a 17 year old girl who is faced with raising her baby brother and taking care of her family farm with the help of a few friends. As I've been writing the story, I've been thinking about how hard it is for me, even with all my modern conveniences and a caring husband, to run a household and care for three children. I've been thinking of all the single moms and dads out there who are faced with taking care of things all alone. 
I heard this song yesterday. I have always thought of it as my song, but now I realize I will have to share it with Zillia, my main character. And now I will share it with you. Know God cares about you today. 

What songs have been your musical inspiration? Please feel free to share stories below. 
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