Writing 101 #3: Commit to a Writing Practice

Note:  Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

Twist: You’ll commit to a writing practice. The frequency and the amount of time you choose to spend today — and moving forward — are up to you, but we recommend a minimum of fifteen uninterrupted minutes per day.

She prays to the Wind: A song written and constructed by the jazz musician Keiko Matsui. It’s a beautiful song sung by another artist about a woman he loves who prays to the wind. The woman in the song is an oddity, but I think that’s why I love it so much. It may be an odd choice for a song, but I find myself intrigued by it even to this day. I’ve always loved Keiko Matsui, ever since I branched off from new age in middle school to jazz as will. I’ve always loved jazz don’t get me wrong but Keiko Matsui is hailed in both the world of new age and jazz.

It’s why I love this song. It combines the talents of two of my favorite genres of music. Jazz and new age with a story that unfolds with an eccentric character behind it. I really enjoy this song when I need to find some inspiration. After all, this song is quirky enough to bring but some of the best ideas in me when I feel I have nothing left to offer. Otherwise, I got to other favorites, because it’s quite hard to have just one or even three songs. But I chose this one because it does inspire me. It brings out my written side that often gets neglected due to real life.

I Love You More Today Than Yesterday: This is an important song. I’ve loved this song as a child and I plan to use it as my wedding song if I ever get married. I have doubts about this but this song is one I cherish and love. It’s very simple but it’s sweet to. I love the idea behind it that each day brings more love for the other person. “I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow” really strikes me in the heart and I hope to someday have a love like that with another being.

I am not confident in love and haven’t been on a date. Not if you count the time I kissed a boy at a daycare lock-in. I am 24 years old and only have had kisses during my childhood, that one and another one in kindergarten. After that it’s been dry for me. I think there have been people who liked me a lot more than the friendship way but we never tried anything. I’m not sad about it because if it was meant to be it would have been. I am not sad about having no one to love through this song, but I do look forward to it if it happens.

This song really brings out the lovely feelings of love in me. I just listen to it sometimes and find myself smiling. It’s just a happy little diddy about loving someone more than the day before and looking forward to each day loving them. Who wouldn’t want a love like that? Then again I’m just a simple romantic. I find Romeo and Juliet’s love to be too much for me. It was a satire after all but people tend to forget that because who would just die like that for love? If you have t die for love I don’t think it’s worth it. I would want my lover to live happily and to find love again if I die and I would hope they want the same for me.

Stardust: Ah, Nat King Cole’s version of Stardust really ets me. It’s almost a melancholy tune within good reason, but I find it inspiring. I love Nat King Cole, always have ever since mom would play him while I was a baby during naptime. Even today I still listen to Nat King Cole’s Stardust with a quiet melancholy.

The song is a sad one, but it’s also a pretty one. The way he describes the sadness of his own heart with the stardust is moving. My favorite line has to be the beginning: “And now the purple dusk of twilight time, steals across the meadows of my heart”. Ah! That is such wondrous imagery. Since I’m more of a descriptive writer and I feel that is why poetry is my forte, I fall for that line every time and that’s just the beginning of the song. The rest of it is a melancholy description of forlorn love. I find it very satisfying though when I need a melody that is simple but pretty when I’m in no mood for overly cheerful beats. But Stardust really makes my heart thump as I listen to it. Nat’s got a great voice to begin with so I’m sure it has something to do with that.

These three songs are songs that are personal to me. I cherish them for different reasons. I also cherish other songs, but I chose these three because they popped into my head. I find them inspirational for different reasons to However, one things for sure, every time I listen to them I still love listening to them.

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