Check out this video by Clare Maguire for her song Ain’t Nobody.
Q. What can music inspire?
A. Art, Beauty, Love, Writing, Music, Poetry, Dreams, Life.
Simple answer for a such a thought-provoking question, I know. But how can you really encapsulate the inspiration of music in words and not have those words continue for years?
When I sit down to write I usually have music playing in the background. It helps to block-out the world and my words flow from my brain to the page. Whether I’m writing it long hand on paper first or typing it out on the computer, music frees the writer’s brain.
When I was younger I would turn on the stereo a.k.a record player, get out a stack of 45’s or LP’s, grab my pen and notebook and escape into my inner world of words. I loved the sound of those first notes sparking to life, igniting the flow of words. I also had my favorite playlists a.k.a. mix tapes that I would listen to when I was tired of getting up to change the records. Now it’s a little different.
I grab my mp3 player, put on my headphones or ear buds, start playing the favorite music of the day, sit down at my computer and escape into that inner world of words. And yes I still do write things out long hand in my many notebooks, journals, and scraps of paper. It’s just that when I get into the ‘writing zone’ I find that I type faster than I can write.
I can and do write without any music playing, usually when I’m at the park and I let nature work her magic in my writer’s soul. I have also been inspired by paintings, photographs, family, and friends. But music is still my first and foremost inspirational influence.
The type of music can be anything from Dvorak to ZZ Top. From A Capella to techno, blues to heavy metal, music brings me to a place of connection with my muse. Without music the world is just to quiet.
What music have you been inspired by?