My Third Novel's Conclusion, My Heartbreak

My heart begins to break when I think about completing this particular book -- because this narrative has sustained me like no other story I've known. It's both more personal and more universal than my other works. But beyond memory and archetype, it's a cri-de-coeur about needing to become the person one is destined to be. And in the writing, I have met my own life's work, my own fated journey -- having the sense all the while that the pages are suffused with a resonance, an energy, an electrified field that defies explanation. Writers hope and pray to be overtaken by a work in this way -- to be conscripted into passionate service of a profound story. To experience it even once in a lifetime seems a great privilege. I still have perhaps six months before this novel is complete, and this constitutes my reprieve. Because I'm not ready for the beauty to end.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Music 5

"I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music.  I get most joy in life out of music."  -- Albert Einstein

Remember this track from LaLa Land last year?  It's almost time for the Oscars once more!

  • City of Stars -- Gavin James

A few new tracks I'm enjoying this week:

  • shallowman -- Taylor Mathews
  • Skipping Stones -- Claire Guerreso
  • Leading Man -- Gavin DeGraw

Because some of you messaged me requesting more Birdy -- I share the following, one of my favorites:

  • Not About Angels -- Birdy 

For those attending the Viennese Ball, this is a fantastic waltz -- Try it with double-fast spinning, with abundant centrifugal force --  heaven:

  • Iris -- Goo Goo Dolls

For those with classical tastes, I heard the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra play Mendelssohn's Scottish symphony this week -- an outstanding performance -- and an extraordinary work -- well worth hearing again:

  • Symphony No. 3 in A minor -- Felix Mendelssohn

10 comments:

  1. I love City of Stars. It's a classic.

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  2. I wasn't aware that people are waltzing to the Goo Goo Dolls. Sounds interesting.

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    1. Yes, rock waltzing is a new discovery for me, too. And I love listening to Iris right now for the lyrics alone.

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  3. Birdy is a genius and "Not About Angels" is one of her best.

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    1. This song travels right through the territory of my heart. It's a musical arrow.

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  4. shallowman is a very sad song.

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    1. "All these walls I've built are make believe." I feel as though there's hope because the singer is struggling with the walls. He doesn't want to be a "shallowman," -- he wants to be able to feel something.

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  5. Leading Man! I hadn't heard this one but it's a great choice!

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  6. Yes, Leading Man seems to make everyone smile. :)

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