Music and memories

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“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. – Stevie Wonder”

I was driving along the other day and Dragon’s “April Sun in Cuba” came on the radio. Immediately I was transported back in time to sitting in a friend’s bedroom with other girls – it may even have been a sleepover. I remember the bedroom, the sun coming in the window but I don’t remember whose house it was, who else was there or how old I was. I do vividly recall though the sense of anticipation, freedom and happiness, and whenever I hear that song, I feel uplifted. On the other hand, I only have to hear Elton John’s “Daniel” to feel melancholy and recall standing by the front door, staring out into space and pining after a boy.

I’ve noticed I unconsciously use a lot of music in my writing – especially when writing my favourite tropes, friends to lovers or second chance at love. Hearing a song from your past can invoke such powerful emotion and stir up memories long buried. These days, I stick to mentioning only artists and song titles as they aren’t copyright, however in my 1st completed novel, I used a chunk of lyrics from “You are my sunshine”. I had a vague idea that I’d need to get permission but figured a publisher would deal with that. Next year I plan to rewrite that novel and publish it, but those lyrics are, to me, an integral part of the scene. What to do?

So I was very happy to have this article appear in my feed reader this week, and have immediately bookmarked it for when I need it. How to Use Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer Based on the advice in that article, I’ve found out who holds the copyright for the song and will continue the process of applying for permission when I’m ready. Of course, if the fee comes back as exorbitant, I might need to rethink how important the lyrics really are!

In other news, as you can see by my photo above, I did get to sit around the campfire over the weekend! It’s been an exhausting week, with not much for time for writing, but I did get some editing done. I’m looking forward to the Easter break to catch up to where I should be.

What I’m reading: I’m still reading the Nora Roberts and Girl 43 – making slow progress. Last week I read Karly Lane’s Poppy’s Dilemma and LOVED it! It was a library copy, so now I’ll be keeping an eye out for a copy to buy. I also read Wife on the Run by Fiona Higgins. I liked it – some great descriptions, good secondary characters and a realistic resolution under the circumstances. It wasn’t a keeper but a good women’s fiction read nonetheless.

What I’m looking forward to: I’m really looking forward to the Easter break, and a couple of days off before we plunge into final rehearsals for The Secret Garden. We had a rough run yesterday with both casts and it’s coming together well!

Hope you have a great week!

 

2 thoughts on “Music and memories

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-171035">

    I grew up in a musical family. I love music, but I can’t listen to it while writing. I keep singing. Very distracting! Good luck with the lyrics thing.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-171036">

      Hi Jenn, I can’t listen to songs while I write either – only instrumentals / relaxation type music if anything! Although I used to be able to study with music going – as long as it was music I knew so well I didn’t have to think about it. Thanks for the comment!

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