I like to write, and there’s no doubt about my love for music, too. That’s why I write for this blog! Yet, I think music and creative writing come together in more circumstances than just concert reviews and profiles. [Editor’s note: As you can see in Sararosa’s “iPod Abroad” series.]
For me, music is a way to access the characters and moods in the stories and poems I write. Music influences how I write and what comes out of my head onto the page. I often make playlists for certain pieces I write, just like I do for certain life experiences, like my time in Israel.
The poem that follows was influenced by a lot of folkish music with guitar layered like thorny bushes and vocals that remind me of water.
During my time revising, I listened to a lot of Trampled by Turtles, because their lyrics remind me of my favorite poets mashed together–Elizabeth Bishop and Emily Dickinson. It helped me keep the goal for my poem in sight.
Despite the similarity in title to a Billy Joel song, “An Elegy for the Fisherman,” it was–sadly–not influenced by his music. Although, if you the reader think it is, let me know. Like music, poetry can be interpreted in infinite ways.