Memory & Writing Set to Music

Heart-felt, folk-inspired songs are the soundtrack to my writing, my life.  Each familiar voice brings me back to a separate set of memories, gently guiding my writing beneath the layers of my subconscious.  Today, as often is the case, Pandora is set to “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks, conjuring a list of songs and memories that span my lifetime.

Norah Jones puts me on the big red Unitrans bus in college, evoking independence, that first real freedom.  Then, Sarah McLachlan transforms me into a fourteen year-old girl, sitting in the back of my mom’s old station wagon, driving up to the hills to see her boyfriend, her notes like open wounds, angry Nirvana blasting simultaneously through my headphones. Next, Joshua Radin draws in the San Francisco fog as I drive to my first apartment in the City, happy but alone. Finally, Lullaby by Dixie Chicks comes around, makes me want to cry, every time, dancing slowly together in our little Berkeley apartment, a ring on my finger, How long do you want to be loved?  Is forever enough?  

Sometimes, I forget to listen to music while I write.  I’m certain those days my writing lacks the same poignancy.

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3 thoughts on “Memory & Writing Set to Music

  1. Melanie says:

    Oh girl…we have huge similarities in music. I have been obsessed with all of these artists at one time or another. Norah Jones is my current favorite station on Pandora. It relaxes and slows me down. Haven’t listened to the Dixie Chicks in forever. Gonna listen to that song now.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Love it! Another favorite station is Iron & Wine, got a bunch of teachers at my school listening to it, although you’ll get a little bit less of a variety on that one. Lullaby always gets me a good selection, Landslide playing now, I get so lost in music. I’ll have to try Norah Jones, don’t think I have her set as a station, thanks for the suggestion!

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