You ever get an epiphany while listening to music? Like everything about the lyrics just make something you've been mulling fall into place?
I'm a big lyrics girl. JB calls me the Lyrics Nazi because I point out when he's singing something wrong. I'm that person. But I'm nice about it.
As an embarassingly weird side note, sometimes I correct a song's grammar when I'm singing along to the radio in my car by myself. Like, I sing my corrected version rather than the actual lyrics. On a scale of 1 to 10, how dorky do you think that is? Not more than an 8, right? Right?
For example, there's a line in Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," that goes, "And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket."
"Child" is singular. "Their" is plural. It would not have killed her to say "...like a child misses her blanket." She's talking about herself, and girls in general, so the female singluar pronoun is totally OK there.
Alrighty then. Back on topic. "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once came on my iPod today and an overwhelming urge to write a love scene from my WIP hit. The lyrics are perfect, just perfect. I haven't seen the movie (though I want to) so I don't know what the song is about in relation to its plot, but I can imagine it in relation to my main characters. Their love is difficult, maybe even doomed, but it's strong and true enough for them to choose to give it a chance even if it might ultimately fail:
"Take this sinking boat and point it home,
We’ve still got time.
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice.
You’ve made it now."
Sigh. It's perfectly inspiring. Does this ever happen to you? What song(s) inspire your writing (or art-creating)? Your current WIP?
If you're interested, the version of "Falling Slowly" I've got is by Kris Allen, who won American Idol this year. The original was recorded by the movie's stars, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, but I like Kris's version better. Here it is on YouTube: