Music to Write #4: Where Words Speaks

Where words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

Music is, something that we may not understand, but can always comprehend. Just like the heartbeat, it teaches us to feel and comprehend the soul that our senses may fail to.

I have always been fond of the Japanese anime music. There’s some pain, some joy and some mystery in them. When the world had not yet seen the dawn of the power that is youtube, I often recorded the openings and ending of the animes that I liked over the cassette tape. Every time they played, I felt imagination flow inside of me. And I was afraid that if the series finished, I would never be able to hear them again. And thus, my fascination with the recorder grew day after day.

I did not understand words that the music spoke to me, but somehow I could always comprehend their meanings, be it from the story lines or the emotion inside the song. There’s a story, another kind in listening to music your brains cannot understand directly. We must focus on the music, the timing, the background score and the singer’s voice. I find it very much similar to writing.

We do not often know the ending when we start. There are bare images in the mind, flashing like shooting stars, disappearing before we get to even cherish their time. The mind loves the game of hide and seek, and it is the duty or very much the passion of the writer to seek out every story that layhidden deep inside the corridors of imagination.

Saikou no Kataomoi is the ending theme to the anime The Story of Saiunkoku. I feel happy to have been reunited with this piece through the internet, since my old cassette tape didn’t have half the quality as this one does. Sung by Sachi Tainaka, I can almost always see a character running through the fields, with part joy and part sadness every time I hear this song. I had never come across the English translation of this piece until the week earlier. The Japanese words somehow spoke to my inner mind. Try absorbing the song in its purest form without looking into the words and then try again with the understanding of the words. It might as well surprise you!

As they often say, music is universal. So is the story that is brewing in our hearts, so are the words unspoken to the world. Writing is a journey, much like music. 

Music to Write #3: Photograph 

We keep this love in a photograph

We made these memories for ourselves 

Where our eyes are never closing

Hearts are never broken 

Times forever frozen still

-Photograph, Ed Sheeran

Perhaps, it was Ed Sheeran, or may be it was your childhood buddy who told you how you could capture time inside the old torn photograph of yours. And you went on clicking on and on. You got older, and the shorts in the photograph did not fit you anymore; the cousin you played with moved to a different country and the friend you held hands with got married last winter. And you still got all of the photographs, that never change.

Time’s forever frozen still.

Ed Sheeran’s Photograph is a sweet little piece, that flashes hundreds of images. The lyrics is poetic and metaphorical. It helps in retrospective writing, when I travel back to my 12 year old self, watching anime all day. Emerging through our photographs will be times that flew past by. But they are always safe in the past, in the frozen time of memory.

Does your fictional character feel the same?

Here’s a cover of the song I made. I hope you enjoy.


Music to Write #2: Lyrics that feel like poetry 

Everybody Lies by Jason Walker

A little music could spice up the thought process in writing. It can help transport you into the shoes of your character while also giving you the relaxing feel at the same time. 

Jason Walker, the Piano and some amazing lyrics. Everybody Lies has a powerful chorus, an emotion that springs out of the song, it will get you pondering over emotions that have no solid figures to hold. 

Listen to the song on Soundcloud 

What are you listening to while you write?  

A Sky Full of Stars:  The Piano Guys 

There is some magic in instrumental pieces. There are words everywhere swelling from the bottom of your heart, another moment you are traveling far away in the galaxy, over the stars. Your heart as light as a feather and the universe of imagination laid in front of your eyes. 

What is it not but magic, that takes you on a journey so majestic, the sound of the black and white keys over the piano and the strings of the cello. What is it not but magic, that leaves you stunned like you have traveled through the heart of the world in a fraction of seconds. 

What is it not but magic, what could it be but music? 

In a world where we too often talk about our differences, we have at least one thing in common. We all struggle. Not in the same way, nor at the same level, but we all want a fighting chance. And we all share in one gift: The will to make the most of our lives. -The Piano Guys