June 1st is almost here and I’m more than ready to start listening to the songs that generous songwriters have added to the Sirenstories SoundCloud.
I confess I’ve taken a quick listen to some of the songs that writers have uploaded, just a peek, so to speak, I couldn’t resist. But I haven’t listened to any song in its entirety yet. The purpose of Sirenstories is to provide a new song every day, not just for you, but for me too.
I’ve mostly taken a break from my own songwriting over the past three or four years, and I’ve been writing children’s stories and YA novels. I didn’t plan the musical slow down, my muse just decided to switch things up. I’m not sure why she changed her tune to a steady stream of words, but I have my theories.
I hardly noticed the change up at first; I was that busy writing stories. By the time I did notice the transformation for what it was I realized something else. I’d developed a kind of . . . ache.
The slight pain seemed to get worse when I listened to music. So I stopped. Unconsciously I think I decided that if I wasn’t making music, if I wasn’t playing music, if I wasn’t out there performing, I shouldn’t even listen. And I didn’t, because when I listened, I got the ache.
When I started writing novels a year and a half ago, I had an epiphany: music moves my pen. Music makes my fingers fly on the computer keyboard.
Once I realized this, I began to create playlists in itunes to listen to while I was writing. I chose new songs that were evocative, moody, and had no baggage for me, no past.
Songs or instrumental tracks, I often chose music from movies I loved, music I’d noticed but never explored. The music in my ‘writing soundtracks’ was always on as I wrote what are now four finished novels.
Music made me want to be a musician. Before I became a musician, I was a fan. On June 1st, as a fan, I’ll start posting the songs that songwriters have been steadily submitting to the Sirenstories Soundcloud since I put out the call.
I’m planning on finding inspiration in these songs and I hope you do too. Get psyched, the seas are full of Sirens and their seductive songs.