My writing music for the past few weeks has been sprinkled with the Big Band sound. After working through several character studies about the hero and heroine of my current work in progress, I’ve found that the characters speak more easily to me if Billie Holliday is in the background than when it’s Counting Crows.
I can understand their willingness to reveal their deep secrets when the right music is playing. I always get the feeling that my life is just beginning when I hear Frank Sinatra – no matter how old I am at the time.
I first heard Frank Sinatra as a freshman in college while standing on a friend’s balcony overlooking the crowded quad. A guy was sitting by himself and blasting Sinatra’s “My Way” while Ice Cube boomed around him. And I thought that is what I want to be. The one who is different. The yellow umbrella.
As I delved into all things Sinatra, I found my favorite song – That’s Life
I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king.
I’ve been up and down and over and out
But I know one thing:
Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race.
And there you are again…Happy Writing!