In my last post, I mentioned that as a new writer, I have not yet written anything worth publishing.
My mother quickly brought to my attention that I have, in fact, written something which has been published.
It was a 5th grade school assignment where we could write a paragraph about anything.
Like any good mother would, mine saved the original piece from the April 4th, 1989 edition of The Milwaukee Journal. Here it is:
Little did my poor Mother know at the time, that my need for “independence” would only increase as I hit my teenage years. Let’s just say, I pushed my limits back then, crossed a line or two, and made some “interesting” choices, for the sake of having a little bit of independence. Now, as I read this old article, all I think about is that my daughter is mini-me, I have been in this exact same situation with her several times, and from what I hear about Karma, I’ve got some “interesting” teenage years ahead of me!
Who’s kids say to their parents: “Turn the music down!” and “why do you ALWAYS have to listen to music?”
My answer: How boring would everything be without it? Music is motivation. It makes doing laundry easier. It makes driving more fun. It enhances experiences. We all know there are certain songs that, when you hear them, immediately take you back to a time and place.
Collective Soul came on the radio today and I was in high school again. Sweet Child O Mine takes me there, too.
Every time I hear Drive, by the Cars, I travel back to my childhood bedroom where I would play my Cars cassette over and over again on the purple tape player that I got for my 8th birthday.
Crash by the Dave Matthews Band? I’m in the Smoky Mountains where my now husband/then boyfriend and I took a spontaneous camping trip and forgot to pack our sleeping bags. (Brrrr!)
Music plays constantly while I write. Most of the time, I’ll play a song over, and over, and over again until a scene is done. In fact, the sunrise scene had 2 huge inspirations:
And this sunrise:
Here’s my point: Listen to music loud and often. I believe my children like music just as much as the rest of the world does. They just like to go against the grain…