I woke up this morning thinking of music; the kind of music that is about lyrics. Words strung together with a certain tempo that get stuck in your brain for an hour, a day, or a week.
Last night at the Academy Awards a young couple won an Oscar for their sweet tune, “Falling Slowly”. Given the competition and the magnitude of the performances related to the same, is it any wonder that this pair seemed struck by a bolt of lightening when their names were called.
In the true sense of winning they were the epitome of what we believe in, not the hype, not the self-seeking, not for-old-time-sake, but for the genuine purity of lyrics.
Sometimes I answer questions with a lyric. I find myself in a situation that brings to mind a mood and a song. Sing to me, words to give me hope, and words to stir my heart.
When Marketa Irglova was ushered back onto the stage she used up less than a minute to say thank you to the Academy. Her words were worth noting.
“…and, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream, and don’t give up. This song was written from the perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day, connects us all, no matter how different we are.”
I am a writer and I like to write about such things as hope. Belly of the Whale is much like the song that won the Oscar. It doesn’t carry a lot of hype, it isn’t like another famous book, and it does not follow in the footsteps of mystery, romance or thriller. Belly of the Whale’s message was also written from the perspective of hope.
There are times when the beauty of simple lyrics outweighs the grandeur of costumes and seventy-six trombones. Like a simple song of hope whose lyrics stay with you throughout the day, Belly of the Whale will touch your heart and resonate inside you long after the book is closed and the pages all read.
The soul’s voice whispers in the early hours of day. Blog about music and lyrics, blog about reading a book. Keep the melody in your head; find the words embedded in your heart.
Blog what you think, see and hear.
Linda Merlino, author, Belly of the Whale
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