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How does Music Influence Writing?

It feels so liberating to be out of school and able to read whatever I  want, at least for now. I just reviewed Stardust by Neil Gaiman, and I know I haven’t written anything in a while. I’m not feeling particularly romantic right now, but I am listening to a fan-made version of a long-lost song and it’s breathtaking. Let’s try something…. 

Music, in all its forms, is a beautiful thing. I’m not talking about just the everyday music we all listen to, but the music of life as a whole. All those people meeting in different places and the mingling of different tongues, different societies coming together, and it seems almost like they are from different worlds altogether. It can be either easy to connect to someone or something, or it can be difficult. We all march to the beat of our own drum. 
Words are my music. They always have been, perhaps they always will be. I can connect and get lost to simple words easier than I can to music. Somehow, though, I’ve always found it easier to express my words while hearing instrumental music, and I wonder if there’s something about the power of words and the power of music that is similar, almost like the song of the instrument gives words to the message somehow, at least in my experience. 
Something about instrumental music clears my head. I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know how it happens, but it does. Take now, for instance. I found this long-lost song by one of my favorite artist’s side projects, Port Blue, a fan-made rework of a song called On the Morning Tide. The full, official song is lost, but this fan reworked what little audio of the song we had, and created a beautiful piece of music. 
The power of music to fuel the desire to write is what most interests me here. I happen to know that there are other people who feel they write better when listening to music, but why? For some reason, for me, dead silence that a writer would think they’d need can sometimes cause my mind to go completely blank, unless I have a spurt of thought at one particular moment and just have to get it down before it leaves me. But when I’m listening to music… it’s almost like the words write themselves, and nothing was originally in my conscious thought that I had to get out. And it is this connection that I do not understand. 
Does one art form influence another? And, if so, how? Does music influence the subconscious, the words hiding in my mind that only the music can bring out? What is the relationship? Where is it? And, if there is a connection, does personality influence it (for example, is one person better off listening to jazz to get creative with writing, while another person is better off listening to, say, ambient)? 
I think I’ll do some research on this and try to find out for myself. Just some pondering at 11:00 at night. 

Oh, and by the way, I started reading American Gods for The Gaiman Galleries. Review coming soon!

Screenshot of the video with the song I was listening to as I wrote this piece. Source: Youtube.com

By Amber Rizzi

I am a literature geek working toward my Bachelor's in English with a concentration in writing. I love to read, and I'm always itching to write, especially creatively. I started "The Writer's Library" about three years ago, previously working with a Blogger platform before moving over to Wordpress. While I mainly post reviews of books, occasionally I will go ahead and review works in other media forms as well, such as music and certain television shows. No matter what I'm doing on here, I love to share with anyone who is willing to listen, and I'm excited to finally be on Wordpress!