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Music Is My Muse…Well One Of Them

Caution: Loudness

Here we are, another beautiful Friday and my speakers are blaring.

Why?

Because I love music. I mean really. I can hear every note individually or together, of course. I can hear a song for the 100th time and still find something new within its beautiful walls. I know there are many of you who can associate with me on this. I love it even more than writing. Wait-did I just say, er, type that? Yes. Yes, I did. At least I think I do. That’s a toughy. I mean because I love writing. It comes naturally to me.Which brings us to today’s post.

Music runs through my veins. My heart beats in time to whatever song I’m playing. Every. Time.

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us closer to the infinite.”–Thomas Carlyle

And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away. 1 Samuel 16:23 NLT

There are those who say, for one, “rock & roll” is the devil’s music. Firstly how old-school, bible thumper does that sound?

A bit of history about me and music.

My father was a singer. He recorded some albums a long time ago and he and our entire family are still very proud of that. He accomplished something that he set out to accomplish. He was also somewhat of a drummer back in the day. You see, music? It literally flows through my veins.

As a young child I would run around the house singing: “Woah here she comes, she ‘s a man eater!” Yes. Hall & Oates still rocks. I sang because I loved it. Fast forward to the age of 16. I had been born again a year earlier and was involved in the church. Then? I sang in the church. But, I didn’t just sing. I sang. For God. Every sound that came out of my mouth, I imagined them reaching the throne of God. I gave it my all. I had to. I took it seriously. Many saw it as me being conceited or boastful. Nah. Not this guy. I loved it. Music was as much a part of me as Christ had become. When the the two “merged” and I saw that HE had given me gifts and only HE was  deserving of praise FOR it, He blessed me more. I would soon be the lead singer in a band. We had written some great songs. Even recorded one. I AM proud of that.

“For reasons unknown, it’s beyond our understanding.”–chorus from one of my songs. (I’ll have it recorded, by God.)

God places in you desires and nothing is going to stop Him.

The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29

It was a great time. But now years later(the name of my and my wife’s duo by the way 😉 ) I am concentrating on this writing thang. Indeed. I am a Writer. So…music. I think you’re getting the picture that yeah, I think this guy likes music.

Oh yeah, while writing this I  figured out what I love more than music and writing. Writing while listening to music. You totally saw that coming, right. They way I sing is the way I write. With everything I have. Why do something half-cocked? Go hard or go home they say, right? Oh, yeah, my m/c sings as well. Go figure. Also, another character is a musician. Of course.

I play a song and close my eyes for a second and my brain tells my hand, “Write.” I have a playlist-yes, so many, many Writers do-that literally is hundreds of songs long. But of course I narrow it down. The Stories is my epic. I write it how I want and the music that I play while I write fits every scene. Perfectly.

The first chapter of the stories is quite dramatic and I needed a song that would do it justice. So I picked Slipknot’s Psychosocial*. Josh Groban’s Remember When It Rained also inspired me deeply for a very important and intregal part of the entire series. Strength In Numbers by Times Of Grace is very important to me as well.

Then came a song I heard from a new band. Start-ups with amazing talent and focused dreams.  The Sky Burns Red by Perception Of Intent. I immediately connected with the lyrics-they echo Scriptureand I asked the band if I could use the song as the “theme song” for the book and the lyrics IN the book.

I was told: YES.

What a day it was. I mean, I found the perfect song for MY story. It became even more real that day. It was such an organic and natural fit.  I use the song in my latest trailer and I cannot wait for you all to read.

We hold the fate of this whole world in our hands!

We must fight, don’t let them break us down!

If we choose to free this world we must stand with pure hearts and clear minds

We must fight!

(Chorus)And through the anguish will we find meaning

beneath these ashes of our destiny?–The Sky Burns Red, POI

I’ve mentioned elsewhere prophesy has no place in this tale. Choice is what fuels the characters.

While I’m “plugging” these bands/songs, I’m plugging more music as a tool in writing. A gift from God, Himself. Music as a push. A push over boundaries. A push in the right direction. A shove over the edge. A sledge to smash the writer’s block to bits.

We as writers can ease down the peaceful path on a beach. Or we can traverse a dangerous and life-threatening mountain side to try and dispose of a ring. Hmm.

I choose the latter.  I choose epic. I feel the music. I feel the story in my heart. I believe in the gifts and calling of God and the tools He has placed in our hearts and path to bring them to reality. Music is a part of me. Just like writing is…and I am ever grateful to God for placing that love for it within my very soul. And I use this tool to fuel me.

The two combined give me confidence enough to say:

Legends will be reborn.

What say you?

*I am a Christ-lovin’, believin’ Christian. Any questions you may have about my choices of music, never hesitate to ask me. @me on Twitter

About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary.

11 comments on “Music Is My Muse…Well One Of Them

  1. Amazing.

    For me, music, and writing… IS. They are one. One cannot exist without the other. I do not LIVE without my music. Writing… is me.

    “Hall & Oates still rocks.”

    Indeed.

    #MusicLove

  2. Hi Timothy,

    I got in touch with this blog via Avily Jerome and I noticed this particular post. Being a writer who loves music, and who writes music (instrumental and vocal), I thought I’d put my two cents in.

    This comment caught my eye and drew me in here: “There are those who say, for one, “rock & roll” is the devil’s music. Firstly how old-school, bible thumper does that sound?” Well, first, both characterizations are huge overgeneralizations. Second, you might ask yourself whether the first one has any truth to it at all. It’s not just certain Christian schools of thought that say such things. So do clinical studies, New Age practitioners, and even some who are rock musicians and know perfectly well what they’re doing when they compose and perform what they do. I’m not talking about occultism. I’m talking about their knowledge of how music affects the mind, emotions and especially the body. You might want to take a look at Music in the Balance by Frank Garlock and a co-author for source materials on this sort of thing (and some sources on occultism too for some people in some genres).

    We now know what the melodic recitation of Hebrew Scripture (www.rakkav.com/biblemusic/) was like and it combined classical dignity with folk accessibility. The closest known ancient analog to rock music that still survives is certain kinds of ancient Greek music. After the fall of the Roman Empire we didn’t see what makes rock music what it is at the core re-emerge until very recent times, and much of that core comes from Africa. Rock’s core attitudes and the techniques that conveyed them had no place in Hebrew liturgical or folk music – or even in their dance music as we know of it. They had plenty of room to maneuver in the music of the pagans (some of it – Apollo’s music was considerably more noble than that for Dionysius).

    Does that mean we should reject everything that happens to be labeled “rock music”? No. Music is a combination of elements, no one element of which is inherently evil, and they can mitigate or else reinforce each other. But what is natural to a human being, especially if he’s a particular personality type for whom intensity of musical expression is a core strength, isn’t always what is best for a human being. Music apart from words isn’t morally neutral. It can express any attitude, emotion and desire or combination thereof there is, good or evil. A musician of the caliber you seem to be needs to take a very careful look at how music affects him and others and develop his tastes accordingly.

    Hm, that’s more like two bricks of gold pressed latinum worth. 😀 I hope you don’t mind – and I hope my Web site proves beneficial to you. I consider “biblical chant” as the foundation of musical knowledge (but not the sum total of musical knowledge), and as such it helps me very much indeed in parsing between various kinds and mixtures of musical influence – including the relatively limited sips I take from the cup of “rock and roll” these days. 🙂

  3. Rakkav. Well…wow. Thank you for this very informative comment

    I hope to do it justice in saying again, what a great day to read.

    I just ask you to trust me when I say I have been within my soul-metaphorically speaking, of course-and it turns I love music. God has proven time and again, if I don’t limit Him, He will never steer me in a direction that I will “fall” or go by the wayside.

    The “old school bible-thumper” comment was a jab. Just that. i understand why they considered the music of the time as such.

    I understand why many still consider “rock music” to be “evil”. One simple reason is that they deem anything that evokes passion or emotion-evil.

    God created these feelings. He created them. When we are IN with Him, or at least WANT to be in His shadow, He shows us that He is truth.

    Now, I’ll never say that blatant anti-christian music/lyrics are good…but a Writer close to this blog says he knows someone who got saved after hearing Ac/Dc’s “Highway To Hell:-which is not anti christ at all.

    When I listen to a song, the first thing I think of/act on/pray on is how close I feel to God. I thank Him, daily.

    I also am of Greek heritage and I consider that one of many reasons why carry on a love for all things art the way I do.

    Lastly, what is good to me may not be right for others. The word tells us to work out our own salvation. I ask God for guidance. He has never steered me wrong.

    I am lover of “Nessum Dorma” to Killswitch Engage to Bach to Israel Houghton to Satriani to Rodrigo and Gabriela and back again and they bring me closer to God.

    Another who loves m u s i c. Very nice to meet you. Efharisto.

  4. Tymothy–beautiful post! I envy people with musical talent, as I can’t carry a tune to save my life. But I love to listen! And I agree with you about rock, for sure. I think God likes all kinds of music, when it’s used for praising Him. Even when used for just fun, for being happy and celebrating the life He’s given us. Or lamenting….or anything that brings us closer to Him.

    I can’t say I love listening when I write. I wish I could. But I have to have absolute quiet. Still, it can be a muse for me!

  5. Katydid. Thank you very much. Yes, it can be. 🙂

    I agree-of course-with every word you said. Anything that brings us closer. Amen!

  6. My dearest Tymothy,

    In my many years I have noticed that man always tries to help with very good intentions and gives his, “OPINION”, but until God convicts you of anything, consider it that, just an “OPINION” and you know what they say about those?! LOL

    P.S. Very nice post.

  7. MiBillie, indeed my Friend.

    I consider it all joy. I consider it all learning. Thank you so much.

  8. Great post, Tymothy. Guess what? I LOVE music also. 😛

  9. LOVE IT! You spoke directly to my own love for music. I have the honor of singing with one of the worship bands at my church… and truly it’s in those moments (whether during practice, on stage, or from a pew) that I feel them most alive. So combine that kind of euphoria with writing? Indeed, a blend of two freedoms that seems to help one transcend all natural barriers and obstacles in life. I love that quote about angels speaking in song… and I do believe that music is powerful because Christ has made it so. Praise God! I can’t wait to be joining the angels eternity long in the most life-giving activity I can imagine! Perhaps we’ll still be practicing the creativity of our God through writing too! 🙂

    • “Perhaps we’ll still be practicing the creativity of our God through writing too!”

      Marcy beautifully said! Perhaps we will. Who is to say we won’t and share our stories when we are Home?

      Truly God-given experiences!

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