Day 1: Today’s Writing Song

The sounds in music generate mood and emotion, which craft scenes. That’s how it works for me. It’s during a session of music appreciation that scenes, additional layers, or heightened character conflict spontaneously materialize. This gives me more clay to sculpt.

“A novel is a sculpture. It is the recycled clay of the human condition crafted with unique detail.”

Even outside of writing, music is somewhat of a food group for me. So I thought of another “today’s song” series, since Today’s Christmas Song in December was so well received.

I hope these songs provide active music listening enjoyment or writing inspiration for you as well.

Today’s song has inspired an entire short story, although I’m still working out how to put it into words. In contrast, a novel typically requires a large number of songs.

U2’s instrumental combinations are always spectacular. Add in Irish singer-songwriter Bono’s (Paul David Hewson) voice, and you have magic. There are many interesting parts to this song, but the rhythm of Bono’s lyrics and the guitar solo toward the end are especially alluring. (Posted by warren13013.)

U2: Unknown Caller (The Joshua Tree, 1987)

I posted the above pictureless version because these posts are about music listening. Perceiving music without visuals has a different impact on the imagination.

However, if you’re in the mood for visual entertainment, this is a good live version at Wembley Stadium (by Mek Vox).

More quotes found at Notes & Quotes.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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3 Responses to Day 1: Today’s Writing Song

  1. JJAzar says:

    I like the quote you shared. It rings true. I know that U2’s Joshua Tree is regarded highly, but I simply can’t get into the band or the album. Regardless, I’m looking forward to future posts.

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