I've been singing basically as long as I can remember, partially due to my childhood obsession with The Little Mermaid. Lots and lots of choirs, in basis, and I also did private vocal lessons for most of high school. I was in All State choir twice and performed solo in a couple of places. I started cello when I was in fourth grade, kind of on accident, and fell even harder for it than for singing, though singing, for me, has always been eons easier. I've played in lots and lots of orchestras and done a few years of private lessons. These two instruments are my music passions.
My first year of college, however, I decided to double major English and Music, which turned out to be a horrible idea. I mean, I'm glad for the experience, but that year I went into an OCD-related breakdown and ended up burning myself out big time. I don't sing anymore, except a little to myself like everyone does, and I don't know that I ever will again. As for cello, I've played in sad little stops-and-starts. Cello is wrapped up pretty tightly with my OCD, unfortunately.
Recently, I've started playing cello again just a little on my own, and it's starting to feel right again. I think I've managed to purge it of negative associations by taking that break, so now it's just my beautiful instrument again, instead of something intertwined with anxiety. It's going to take a while for me to start playing it in public again, but every progress is good progress, and this means a lot.
Music has always been a vital part of my identity, and I hate losing that. Even though I will always, always love listening to it, playing it is also super important and I need to have that too. So to bring it around to writing: every passion you have has a way of inserting itself into all the facets of your life. That's what passion is. Writing and stories are everything to me, my waking and sleeping and breathing, and I see the world through that lens. But because I also have a passion for music, I see a lot of things through that lens too. And, necessarily, that means that writing and music are also connected for me. My two arts, my two passions, working together.
Often, music is part of my novels. WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL features a songwriter as the main character and her lyrics are interspersed throughout the book. I've also written a lot of music just for myself, though I can't say much of it is good, haha. I often put together music playlists for my novels as I'm going along, which someday, hopefully, I will be able to share in the context of some epic pre-release blog tour. And, of course, like many writers, I listen to music when I write. My favorites are Linkin Park and movie scores, which is kind of a weird combo, maybe.
Basically, music is awesome, it's awesome paired with writing, and I hope I'll be able to keep it as a part of my life. In the meantime, I do have some music-related posts on this blog that you can check out... and undoubtedly there will be more to come.
My Book Soundtracks
The Magic of Cellos
A Music Survey
The Art of Music Videos
Facebook Song Game
Top 25 Music Comparison (July 2013)
Top 25 Music Comparison (January 2014)
Facebook Song Game, feat. Sage O'Riley
Facebook Song Game, feat. Suzanne Clever
A Poem of Shuffled Song Lyrics
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