Music and writing may not immediately seem the most likely pairing but for me, the two have always gone hand-in-hand. I’m not sure how or why the association of one with the other first came about but it manifests itself in many ways.
First off, as mentioned in a previous blog post, I often rely on the song ‘Shake it Out’ by Florence + the Machine to rid myself of a nasty bout of writer’s block, using it to help me exorcize my demons both figuratively and literally so I can get back to work but aside from being merely an aid when I cannot write, I actually often listen to music while I write; I find it relaxes me and helps to keep my focus firmly on what I am doing, stopping my mind from growing tired and wandering quite so easily.
Perhaps most importantly of all however, some of my very favourite musical artists, such as Bjӧrk and Vienna Teng, write lyrics so beautiful they read like poetry. So while the ways a book and a song present themselves to their respective audiences may be entirely different, appealing to senses that seem poles apart, they both find their roots in the written word and use this humble tool to instil meaning and emotion. It is this I feel is the likely reason why for me the two have always felt not so different after all.