I’ve just recently hooked up with the blog writing circle Prompt-ly – so you’ll hopefully see a more varied regime of posting from me soon. This is a response to a discussion on whether music inspires us to write.
For me, I have to say that music certainly inspires me to write. I love listening to fingerstyle guitar pieces for that reason. When I’m not in the mood for fingerstyle guitar though, I’ll go back to The Beatles, or some Warren Zevon, whose album ‘The Wind’ is among the finest there have ever been in my opinion – what a wonderful response to adversity. The poor guy was told he had a short time left after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, and declined treatment in favour of going away and making one last album. The Wind is the result. The album boasts one of the most stellar versions of Dylan’s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ that I’ve ever heard, and probably the only version I can listen to without wanting to break down and cry.
When I’m in the mood for some fingerstyle guitar, Don Ross’ arrangement of Berkley Springs is what I go for. There’s nothing so uplifting as the bridge, the yearning so perfectly expressed in the notes and chords. It’s a sublime piece.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the music which inspires you in the comments- or better yet, go on and write your own post.