When we are writing a scene, we may remember some place from our past that will strengthen what we are attempting to say to our readers. We want to revisit that era and music can unfailingly take us there. Playing old songs is similar to smelling certain fragrances because both can transport us back to times that have gone by.
It is like pulling back a curtain on a stage at a theatre. The places, the characters, the clothes, the voices, the intonations, the dialogues and the events replay as if they are a part of the present moment. Anais Nin wrote, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
We see. We hear. We remember. It is comparable to an actor who gets into character. We as writers go into a certain mode and then, we pick up the mood, the tone, the aura, the atmosphere and the scenery that we need to get down on paper.
As we listen to music from years ago, we relive things for a second time. The puzzle pieces fall into place. Our memories are jogged and the words start flowing like a waterfall. They flow and flow and flow. Her hands move with rapidity as we race to recapture all that is being thrust upon us. It is our duty to write it down with as much accuracy as possible.
We sway to the beat as we recall our former selves. But now, we write from a higher level of maturity. We have put things into perspective and we have learned a few lessons. We use those lessons to make some significant points. That time has left its indelible marks and all we need to journey back down memory lane is the music!
Lynn M. July 16, 2016