Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Writer's Song?

What is it, exactly, that makes someone want to write?

People tell me all the time how they'd like to write the book or story that's been meandering through their imagination. It's actually more common of an idea than you might first suspect. Why? Because words are like songs - music to our souls. And everyone loves music. It inspires, motivates, encourages and heals us. Of course listening to a catchy melody is fine, but it's always the lyrics that grab us. That's why a good song or book has to have a hook!

In fact, I'd bet that most writers have written a song or two themselves. I believe this, because it's true for me. In fact, after writing a previous post, I remembered that I enjoyed a short stint of song writing back in 2002-2003. That was a tough year for me,  and looking back I can see how I was compelled to write what was on my heart, never imagining that I would one day write complete novels. All-in-all, I think I wrote about 20 songs that year.

With that said, I'd like to honor all the writers out there who began their literary journey writing songs. To do this I'm posting an excerpt of a song I wrote for my wife in 2002. It's called...YOU. And yes, there is a melody. BOOM!  PS - I plan to post some of my old stuff I found in a dusty storage box in future posts so stay tuned! Here's the song!

You're like the sun on the ocean
And a cool breeze in my hair
When I think of you I get the notion
That I'm floating in the air

You're like the dew in the morning
And my favorite dream coming true
Of all the beautiful things imagined
My mind...comes back to you...

You're so Amazing... take my breath away
You...keep my heart racing...what more can I say...
This songs about you

You're like the stars out at midnight
And a snowflake on my tongue
And when I say that I love you
I've only just begun

You're like a candle in a garden
And a fire by the sea
So no matter how far you shine your light
No one...will ever be like you...


You're like the sweet smell of raindrops
Dripping from the sky
When I see you it feels like time stops
And I can't explain why

You're like an angel born in heaven
With a golden set of wings
Of all the things that God created
His choir...wants to sing about you...Chorus

And somehow, I have since graduated into the world of writing fictional thrillers. Amazing. Boom!


  1. That is the sweetest song, and I think you're right. Most writers can't put themselves in a box with their writings, although publishing will tell you otherwise. I imagine that many have poems, songs, snippets of dialog, and odd character ideas that will never see the light of day outside of their own creative files. Sharing them with smaller audiences can be more rewarding...

  2. Good point. Smaller audiences are more relational and they give better feedback!

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