Today was the day
I decided I finally felt in the mood to blog after months of not writing. Life gets in the way sometimes, you know – buying your first home, starting a new job, getting the keys to your home and decorating to make it truly yours, then being made redundant and having to find a new one and start all over again. It’s been a weird few months, filled with ups and downs. Though a creative outlet is always a staple for me, my energy has not been focused on writing.
Last week I had a surge of creativity. I wrote down 7 blog titles because I knew the words were hiding somewhere inside, they came to me like most great ideas do, late at night and just had to go straight into the notes on my phone. Today, after listening to a combination of Taylor Swift’s version of Red, Adele’s 30 and a few chilled ‘unknown’ artists, I felt compelled to make tonight the night that I finally write once more.
Why does music inspire us to write?
Songs tell a story, and they certainly make us think. Whether you’re listening to Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball, The Beatles with Yellow Submarine or Aqua’s Barbie Girl, every song has a context, meaning or puzzled hidden meaning and always makes you feel something. Even if it’s the melody, the words or the easter eggs hidden in a Taylor Swift music video – storytelling is the key to music, and at the core, we blog because we want to tell stories too.
Listening to music makes people more productive, it is inspiring to the point that even one line in a song can be relatable to any point of your life, past or present. Melodies impact your day, mood and actions. You don’t have to listen to music without lyrics to feel inspired, your brain won’t get confused between the two – for most people I imagine, writing with any form of background music would be productive and inspiring.
A distraction from reality
Just like films, books and going to the theatre, music and melodies act as a distraction from our own reality – just like the activities it inspires us to do in turn. Blogging is exactly the same as music, it can allow us to get lost. We get lost in a subject matter, something we’re interested to explore, passionate to communicate or simply want to do just for fun. When we open the laptop to start exploring our next blog post, we don’t always know where we’re going to go, but we always have a goal in mind, just like listening to a new song or album – we don’t know what we’re going to get but we’re going to be told stories. Then, once we’ve typed the last sentence of our blog post our goal is complete, matched with a sense of accomplishment – just like the joy we get from listening to music.
Blogging is for most of us something we do as a hobby, so we hold ourselves accountable for setting our own path, our own branding, messages and deadlines. If we’re not being forced or pressured to write, then its natural to have dry spells when the creativity just isn’t there. Sometimes we may not feel the creative spur but when we’re ready to delve in again getting creative is not a chore, its something we enjoy and even a form of self-care. I know I’m at my best when I’m enjoying a mix of things in life, painting, singing, writing or doing a crafty task certainly aids me at my best.
I once heard that singing can drastically change your mood, it’s as though singing out loud somehow convinces your brain to make you feel happy – strange, but I’ve always found it to be true. If you’re having a bit of a day when you’re feeling…. “meh”, music will certainly brighten up your day.
If you haven’t listened to a single song today, I encourage you to. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, motivation a mood changer or a moment of enjoyment – that could be the key to making your day a great day. One of my favourite quotes says “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day”. If you need some creative inspiration, or even just looking for that one good moment in your day, maybe music is the key for you.