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 all the negative associations by taking that break, so now it's just my beautiful instrument again, instead of something intertwined with a lot of major OCD episodes. 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.
Because 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. 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 lense. But because I also have a passion for music, I see a lot of things through that lense 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 with her lyrics 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, but they're my jam!
Basically, music is awesome, it's awesome paired with writing, and I hope I'll be able to fully return to it being a part of my life soon. In the meantime, I do have a few music related posts on this blog that you can check out... and undoubtedly there will be more to come.
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 I ever did for singing, though singing, for me, has always been eons easier emotionally. I've played in lots and lots of orchestras and done a few years of private lessons. These two instruments have been my music passions.
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