Last month First 50 Words had a writing prompt that strangely made my chest tighten: Writing Music. How on earth are people able to come up with original musical scores is beyond me. The whole thought of having to come up with a song horrified me.
I remembered back to when I watched the movie The Doors in college.
The band had been talking about “Light My Fire,” when the keyboardist disappear and reappears a couple hours later with the now well known introduction to the song. I remember sitting there completely amazed that that was a skill a person could actually have!
Then I read the sample first fifty words in the blog post, and I realized that what was actually meant was finding the right music to write to. This was not the first time I misinterpreted something, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Understanding what was meant, I was able to relax and actually contemplate the prompt.
I know it is strange, but when I need to concentrate, I can’t have voices in the background. That includes music with lyrics. Sometimes even a simple melody in the background is too much. One Christmas night in driving home from my Dad‘s during a terrible storm, there were mudslides all along the windy road. Having the radio on was too much – I needed 100% concentration. I couldn’t believe how distracting it was! When I got home I peeled my fingers off the steering wheel and finally took a deep breath.
If I am in need for a slight mental distraction, but not enough to lose focus, classical music is my go-to choice. At times I feel a bit like Agent Lundy on Dexter finding the perfect music for what I’m doing and my current mood.
Agent Lundy actually introduced me (not personally!) to the joys of Chopin for working through frustration. When I’m able to get the musical choice right, the words flow and come together in completely unexpected directions. It is as if they fly.
Am I the only one who can’t concentrate with voices around them? or Have any of my readers ever composed music?