Feed the Birds

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Hello Lovelies,

Words are powerful.

Whether they be spoken, written or expressed in song, words evoke a range of emotions.

Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, excitement, wanderlust, calmness, a sense of peace or even agitation and restlessness.

So many emotions, with just a few words.

But they need to be the right words, in order to evoke the desired emotion.

Words can call forth memories, reminding us of better times, or perhaps of sadness.

Yet the power of words is sometimes lost.

Lost in translation perhaps or beyond the understanding of the audience.

You see, in order for the words to be powerful enough to evoke the range of emotions, they first must be understood. If the words are too complex for the reader (or listener) then the power of them is lost. If the words are not in the language of the reader, then again, their power is lost.

Music however, is different. Music is a language all of its own, instinctively understood by all, no matter their age or language(s) spoken.

The notes, the key, the instruments used and so on, are the words, understood by those who can hear it.

Even the very young can understand and interpret the language of music. Some are more fluent in this language than others, for some this language comes naturally, for others it is something that is developed over time.

Even an infant can interpret and respond to the language of music, through the expression of emotion.

Don’t believe me?

Take this for example….

My youngest, who is now four, has always been particularly fluent in the language of music. Even as an infant baby he would cry when certain songs were played and express happiness or content when others were played. He would sob (not scream and cry, but sob) uncontrollably if someone was to sing to him “rock-a-bye baby”. He was the one-year old who would be listening to a Disney CD and would also sit sobbing quietly, tears streaking down his cheeks when the song “Baby mine” from Dumbo would play. As he got older he became more able to express the feelings evoked through music by saying Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” made him sad, but also like he wanted to cuddle and sleep.

Have you ever heard a piece of music that evoked such strong emotions that you just couldn’t handle it? A piece that hit you “right in the feels?”

For my youngest and I, that song is “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins.

There’s something about that song, it’s a combination of the music and the words, combined with the imagery of the old bird woman that gets me every time, no matter how many times I hear it. I can’t even sing along without getting choked up, which can be a little annoying when it is one of my favourite songs.

The beauty, the pain.

“Though her words are simple and few,

listen, listen, she’s calling to you”

“This song makes me cry,” he said from the backseat as we listened to the soundtrack in the car. All I could do was nod in agreement, because for some reason, it has the exact same effect on me., no matter how many times I hear it.

I’m also that person who chokes back tears during musicals, especially at the theatre. Sometimes they’re happy tears, sometimes not, but always they are an expression of thanks. Thanks that I can experience and interpret the language of music and words.

Words are powerful tools for evoking emotions.

Music with the notes, key and instruments are just as powerful, perhaps even more so, as they can be understood by many.

So when music and words are combined, either for an audience or perhaps to bring out the emotion in the words as you write, music is a great and powerful tool.

Feed the birds.

Feed your creativity.

Use music to find the right words.

Because music and the right words have a power that we can’t always explain.

Enjoy,

KK

© Katherine A. Kovàcs and The Writer Within, (2013-2017). Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Katherine A. Kovàcs and The Writer Within with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Quoted lyrics © Songwriters: Richard M. Sherman / Robert B. Sherman

Feed the Birds lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

Let Your Feelings Show

Hello Lovelies,

This past week has been a little crazy with three sick kiddies in the house to look after. While this has given me little time to sit down and write, it has given me some time to think about things.

Children do not hide their true feelings, even before they learn to speak you can tell how they feel by looking at their eyes. There are no fake or polite smiles and when they smile, the smile touches their eyes. If they are sad, cranky, scared or shy, they will let you know.

So what happens in the time between childhood and adulthood that causes us to smile that fake smile? Why do so many of us hide our true feelings?

Granted that there are many things that are acceptable for children to do and not adults. For example if my children to skip in the shopping centre, it’s considered cute by many. Yet, if I were to do exactly the same thing, people would consider me to be a very strange woman and urge their own children to keep their distance.

Is that why we hide our feelings? From fear of being thought of as weird or strange, from fear of repercussion? Imagine if there was an “open feeling day” where we could all express our true thoughts and feelings without fear of repercussion, I think it would be quite liberating.

Whilst it might not be appropriate to let all of our feelings show in every moment, in every setting, it is important to ensure that you show those you care for how you feel.

Let us take our example from children. Before children fully understand displays of affection they will smile at you. The smile touches their eyes telling you that you that because of you, their world is brighter. Then without thinking about it, you smile back- a true smile.

I think the same goes for the characters we create, let their true feelings show so that we may truly see who they are. Without understanding how the characters think and feel, our readers will not be able to connect properly with them.

So here’s to not hiding feelings! But when your boss asks you tomorrow morning why you’re 1 minute late, you might want to hide your true feelings if you want to keep your job.
Just a thought.
Have a lovely week,
KK

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