For as long as I can remember, I have always been a big lover of music. All kinds. Beethoven can bring me to tears. Aretha reminds me of what it is to love hard and have a resilient heart. Prince makes me want to move to the beat. And John Denver's "You fill up my senses" fills up all of mine. Music is often part of my creative process; whether I'm penning pieces to get those juices flowing early in the a.m., or feel blocked and frustrated when creating poetry.
So what does music have to do with writing? I'm glad you asked.
1. It can stimulate and enhance the creative process.
2. The lyrics can inspire poetry, a fictional love story, etc.
3. Music can elevate your mood and contribute to greater productivity.
Read more about how music can impact the creative process at Huffington Post:
Which is why I'm excited to share and celebrate Black Music Month.
Black Music Month was originally established in 1979, by President Jimmy Carter.
And of course for me, it's every month.
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE BLACK RECORDING ARTISTS (in no particular order)
- Stevie Wonder
- India Arie
- Aretha Franklin
- Ruthie Foster
- Tony Braxton
- Phyllis Hyman
- Nat King Cole
- Al Green
And in tribute, I'd like to leave you with a video of a song by a new artist that I hope you'll enjoy.
I don't typically do much with videos, so my apologies if you experience any technical glitches here.
Now for you...
Who's your favorite? Do you listen when you write?
Let me know what you think of the video "The Way That you Love me."