Music Musings


A tug at the heartstrings. A sense pure joy and elation. A rush of adrenaline. A saddened single tear. A heart breaking. A dream come true. A dark anger. A lost love. A family’s connection. A chance of a lifetime. A sudden mistake. A long lost memory. A hope for the future. A kindling fire. A foreboding shadow.

Music is a topic that can be pulled in so many various directions. It can be used to put so many things into the words we cannot fathom to express without it.

Melodies can be haunting and spine chilling like a graveyard on All Hallow’s Eve. They can be sweet and gentle like a lullaby to a newborn babe. They can be the empowering trumpet sounding into battle. They can be the rhythm and life of the party. They can be the cracking heart of a life changing moment.

They can be anything.

Music can be anything.

It can make you cry. It can make you laugh. It can make you smile. It can make you scowl. It can make you feel alive. And it can kill you inside.

So many tiny working parts go into making these pieces of our soul, these works of art in and of themselves. A line of lyrics. A melody and tune. A feeling. An instrument. A certain voice.

Every little piece is tweaked until just the right senses are touched. Just the right brush of emotions are caressed across your mind and heart. Until it leaves you breathless and your heart quivers, until you feel the chills running down your spine and the whole world ceases to exist around you.

Music tells a story, an unforgettable story.

They are poems and ballads. They are stories and memories.

They say when you are happy you enjoy the music, and when you are sad you understand the lyrics. And that is something I can only agree on one hundred percent.

Music is more than just music. It is heart and soul.

And when you put two pieces of heart and soul together, you are left with something so touching, so beautiful, that it grabs you and it sucks you in, never to let you see the light of day again.

Music is stories; and what happens when you put those stories with the stories of an author’s mind?

You see, nowadays, so many trailers for books are being created, casting real people to play the characters we created as authors. How it makes everything come to life and those claws of the emotion just dig right into your soul and drag you down under. Making you want to fall into the welcoming arms of the character’s of the book and go following along on their adventure through the pages.

But there is more out there than just the promotional trailers. Once you are sucked into the book’s folds, the author has to find a way to make you stay.

You could be captured and held captive in a dark dungeon, with only the quiet drip of stale water to hear and the cold press of steel against your wrists for company. You could be enticed by a ball under the fireworks, watching the sparkles of color dance across the twilight sky. You could be given the riches of a lord, left to fill your heart with its desires of the materialistic. Or a hand to marry where you fall for the prince of your dreams, you happily ever after tale.

But still, the author must make you feel these things as the character’s do to hold you in their trance. They must know how to make it feel real.

How though? How can a simple weaver of tales and words keep you so entranced by just those inked lines across a page?

Simply by adding a little more magic, a little more art and emotion, until you have nothing left conscious to you except the world inside the book and the stories hidden among the lyrics of an added song that pulls you deeper.

Writing and music both allow you to escape, and when the two merge to dance together under the skies of that author’s heart, the result is something so breathtaking and stunning that you never want to leave.

Books can draw you in and pull you into those fantasy and futuristic realms. Descriptions can have you vividly imagining it all. Relatable characters can have you rooting for the good guys and swearing at the villains. The right words will pluck at you and pick you dry until you are immersed.

But when you add music, those feelings are intensified a thousand times over.

Whenever an author or reader finds that one song, that one, perfect song that resonates so deeply with what they are writing, they come to make a true work of art that is sure to strike a cord deep within everyone. It can simply be for one scene, for one chapter, for one character alone, for a relationship of characters, or for the whole book.

No matter what it is though, it holds you in its trance and doesn’t allow you passage back out without paying a toll of your heart and self. To find that song is like finding pure gold treasure under your pillow instead of a dollar coin for that lost tooth. It enriches the novel, enriches the emotions and the scene itself.

It makes it memorable.

It makes it that much more powerful.

The two alone can be a powerful voice, but to put them together…

Put them together and you have found the way to describe the indescribable.

Music is life. Writing is life. Together they are heart and soul at its most deepest meaning.

Together, as an author, a reader, a singer, a dreamer, a dancer, a pessimist, a truth-seeker, a free spirit, a working lad, an artist, whatever you may be; together, they are a new story all your own now within the confides of your mind.

A life no one can take from you.