Join the daily writing challenge during the month of March at Two Writing Teachers. Thanks you Stacey, Deb, Kathleen, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana and Beth for nudging us to walk the walk and write.
Before long, I knew exactly what it was. I think and wonder a lot about beautiful and spare and spot on song lyrics. I love music and listen to it often- at home, in the car, with my girls (who are often introducing me to new singers and songs). I find myself listening intently to the words, even more so when I love the melody. And I will think to myself, “Bingo. That is exactly it! How did that songwriter know that was the most perfect way to describe that (experience, emotion, etc)”
Some of my current favorites include:
these lines from Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”:
Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
And this part of John Legend’s “All of Me”:
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imprefections
The refrain from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Beautiful Racket”:
And all of the wisdom between a smile and a tear
The first two verses and the refrain from Des’Ree’s “You Gotta Be”:
I find myself whipping out my notebook pretty often to jot down a line from a song that says it better than I thought it could be said. I wonder all the time, “How do they do that?” It’s like poetry. As a writer I am envious.
There are so many hymns and classic songs whose words speak to me. Every word of “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” speaks to me and I love every word of “Simple Gifts.”
Music speaks to me. Lyrics make me wonder. Thank you Michelle for inspiring me to stop, think, and write about this.