For the past six-ish years, I’ve had a friend who’s been involved with the University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra. I have, of course, made a couple of other friends in the organization as a result, but that’s not the purpose of this random post. As the title would suggest, I’m here to talk about music and stories.
I decided to start off by mentioning the GSO because video game music has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s probably an occupational hazard, but I digress. Sitting there at the concert today, I was reminded of how much music can tell a story or help crystallize a memory. Music can tap into emotions and move us to tears or just make us have a real damn good day.
It occurred to me that composers are kind of like wizards. Before you scoff, hear me out. With the right words or elements (notes), they are able to create a mood and take the listener to far-off places. If I can close my eyes and see myself on a journey due to the music you’ve crafted, I call that magic.
I write to music. To be fair, I have the firm belief that life ought to have a soundtrack. Perhaps I’ve seen too many movies (blasphemy!). Some people can’t have distractions as they work. I’ve found that if I don’t have music, I get very easily distracted (instead of less easily distracted). Sometimes, I listen to a particular thing, sometimes I just let Pandora do my thinking for me. Every now and again, something amazing happens and the music just sort of drives the story I’m working on. It’s a beautiful thing.
This post sort of got away from me. That’s fine, I suppose. I’m writing. That’s my plan. I’m currently working on this crazy idea to try to write at least 750-1,000 words a day. It’s like NaNoWriMo without a clear end goal. All I want to do is practice, hone my craft, and start a good literary habit. For this, Pandora is an ideal companion. I don’t have a plan, I have whim.
I had this great metaphor lined up about music being wind or waves and my imagination being a kind of sailboat. Alas, it is not to be. Not right now anyway. I’ll let you all imagine those possibilities.
Expect more overt geekiness with my next post.