Music is a much a part of my life as writing is. I’d be lost without both, and the best part of my day is sitting back and just listening to music.
What started as a moment to relax became the inspiration for my own writing. Words have some incredible power, and can move a person to understanding. The Beatles, one of the most famous rock bands of all time, wrote the song “Let it Be.” This lead to a moment of inspiration. In this case, it was the words “whisper words of wisdom.” The finest writers understand this. The finest share it in their writing.
I’m not referring to fiction or non-fiction, but I am referring to what people get out of something that comes from wisdom, born of experience or deep reflection. The path of a writer is not easy, and there are many times when I wonder if I’m doing the right thing, and it’s only when I sit back and reflect that I have my answers.
They aren’t the best answers, they grow with my growth as a writer. Some of them are small bits of wisdom in a long journey as a writer. I am not the same writer I was a year ago. I’ve learned the value of a strong team and the value of my own writing. I’ve learned the value of music in my life.
There was a time when I would not use music as my source of inspiration, nor would I take a moment to think more about what the writer was saying when it took the words to the music. I agree that not all songs are meant to have a deeper meaning just as not all books are meant to be enjoyed beyond one reading. I am thinking of the songs which do this for each person, no matter where they are in life. The power of the the music and the words can change a person, and a writer is the key to a positive change in the world around them.
Words carry wisdom and inspiration to others.
I’m a fan of some of the older music, and possibly because of tis lasting impact, but music like a writer needs a background. For much of the 1960s, there was a growth in the music and the people who wrote them. I reflected on the background to many of the writers of the songs I loved. The Beatles and Eric Clapton (then a part of Derek and the Dominos) comes to mind.
I’ve enjoyed Let It Be, and Layla for two very distinct reasons, both of which are from the fact the writers, or composers understood the parts were as much the whole as the music. The team of singers and writers made Let It Be is the more powerful in words, and the impart of the action of ‘letting things be.’ There is an element of knowing when to change and when not to. The song plays with the idea that things will happen in their own time, and for the better.
It’s a word for writers, to sometimes take a step back and then, and only then will you find the answer to your problem, or writer’s block or whatever. Some times it is best to ‘let it be.’ The challenge for a writer is to seek out a team member who is willing to show them when it is more wise to walk away or to carry on.
As for Layla, I love the deeper background story to it. Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, of the Allman brothers fame, worked together on this song, with it later becoming a critically acclaimed song. Allman offered his services, and as the story goes, Clapton accepted knowing the music would be greater because of the addition. The team worked better because it took two great musicians and made the song better. The same is true with a writer and an editor.
The sum of the whole is greater than the parts, even in writing.
Teams of writers understand the idea should they work well together they can make something more magical. Again, words carry wisdom, and in this case, it’s the ‘ease my worried mind,’ which made e reflect on writing.
With a team, and one writer is sick, they don’t have to worry about blogging that day or writing something, because they have someone who is just as capable to work for them. That is the beauty of a team, and words, such as “I can help” or “Let me help” make all the difference.
Words also carry wisdom when they are there to say keep on going, and challenge yourself, and the wisest writer will also take the time to think and reflect on others words of wisdom. Words can reflect what a writer attempts to convey to their reader as much as what the reader learns from the words. The most successful writers balance working with a team and the art of looking and feeling the right words.