No day is ever a bad day when it starts off with a venti iced caramel latte (non-fat -- I'm being responsible), and when that day is a Friday, it's even better!
Last night, one of my best friends and I went to see Daughtry. We had awesome seats (my poor Twitter followers got a couple pic tweets, before I caught myself) and it was a kick butt show. Anyway, strangest thought occurred to me while I was listening to Lifehouse sing as one of the opening acts. I usually don't wax philosophical at concerts, mind you.
Songs are essentially synopses set to music.
From all accounts I've seen, read & heard (as well as my own personal opinions) most writers detest don't enjoy having to come up with a synopsis. We say, "How the heck am I supposed to tell the main points of the story, and still keep my 'voice'? It's impossible." But then Tim McGraw's "Don't Take The Girl" (which makes me cry, every single time I hear it) manages to convey a powerful story about a young man's journey of love & loss, into one freakin' song.
Musicians don't get to write full stories like we do, because of time restraints. Admit it, how annoying would it be if all songs were as long as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". That being said, it is no wonder so many musicians turn to drugs... if I had to write that many synopses, I might too. Thank goodness they have the ability to do that (write music, not the taking drugs part), because I don't know if I could be a writer if I didn't have music to listen to.
So that brings me to my question. Why do so many musicians date movie stars when they should be dating writers?
Okay, that wasn't really my question. Here goes: Do you need music in order to write or do you need absolute quiet? And if you need music, what do you listen to as you write?
Personally, I'm a sucker for movie scores. Lots of emotional music, without adding extra words into my head that might throw me off.