Please welcome author, Zillah Anderson as a guest host today. She is sharing her insights about writing and her upcoming spring release, Power Cord!
I have a lot of passions in my life – and good thing, too, right? I adore stories, I live for writing, and I love to explore the nuances and emotions in relationships. And I love, love, love music. Whether I’m working, writing, chilling out, or brushing my teeth I have come to the conclusion that everything is better with a soundtrack. Music makes the boring tasks go by faster, it makes your heart speed up a little more when you’re in love, it makes you feel completely in the right when you’re ticked off, and it’s there to be an aural shoulder when you’re feeling down. It can help you go down memory lane and can trigger some awesome daydreams. I will admit that some of my tastes baffle people and I have the habit of rocking out and strutting around like a chick in a music video when I think no one’s watching (Miraculously, I’m almost never caught at this one.) And, of course, I always wonder what the real story behind a song is.
My upcoming release Power Chord is as much about music as it is about a daydream that turns…interesting and enticing. Sure, one of the characters is a rocker, and yes the story is of his fantasy gone sideways after a show, but both characters involved don’t truly give themselves over to the moment until the right song is playing. It gives two people from very different walks of life some common ground and it elevates an already heady situation. Oh, c’mon, you know its true – everything’s better with music.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: music and storytelling go hand in hand. Both have their own special rhythms, their own cadences and quirks, crescendos and decrescendos. Songs can be seen as poetry and I’ve seen volumes of lyrics published as such, but they’re also stories. It doesn’t matter if you take something that’s about a need or a moment like Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love or a song that’s more narrative like Lou Reed’s Dirty Boulevard or something that explores pure emotion like G Tom Mac’s Soul I Bare. All three of those songs tell their own stories. In a lot of ways lyrics are flash fiction at its finest and when you put the accompaniment to them you add the emotional depth that a longer story or novel takes the time to provide with more words. In a lot of ways I envy lyricists and songwriters because they can produce such well-rounded moments that resonate with people faster and deeper than a lot of works of fiction do.
So the next time you’re listening to your favorite tunes, take a minute to think about what’s really going on there. Take a little while to appreciate all the different elements that are giving you something to dance to, to groove to, to feel to, to emote to. And then, by all means, close the door if it makes you feel more comfortable and dance like you’re in a music video! And, of course, don’t forget to check out Power Chord – coming this spring!
Drake has gotten used to having things his way – he makes the decisions whether it be recording his music, on the road while touring, or in bed. He may be somewhat older than when he first started, but he can still pack venues and still has fans at his mercy. But while professional success brings about one type of satisfaction, there’s a certain type that he just can’t seem to reach one dull night after a show. He doesn’t party hard anymore – he knows better – but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a dirty fantasy all his own. What would it be like to have ultimate power, to be able to shed the confines of his body and sneak up on the unsuspecting by way of astral travel? What would it be like to seduce a woman when she can’t see him, can only feel him when he wants her to? And what happens when he’s not the only one who appreciates good music and is turned on by the power of control?
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