After reading a wonderful Thursday post (Morning Reality) from my friend, Amy, I spent so much time thinking about the power of the written word (the meaning that it presents and the meaning that is lost). So, last night, when I sat down to enjoy a free concert by Dave Matthews (from my basement and his garage), all of my writing thoughts came full circle.
I found inspiration is Dave’s words and music. I was inspired to buy local and help the small businesses get back on their feet when the nation is ready. In fact, I plan to place a craft beer order tomorrow at a former student’s local brewery. I was also inspired by his song selection and his approach.
Dave stood in front of his computer with his guitar and microphone, but you could tell that it felt awkward to him. He didn’t know who was in the audience (come to find out there were approximately 1.7 million people in the audience), but it was evident that he wanted his music to comfort them. Isn’t this the same with us as writers? I don’t know who will read my words today or any day, but I just hope that I can provide the reader with a smile or a tear (depending on my intention).
Dave picked specific songs to sing (evidence: Virginia in the Rain, Singing from the Windows, Don’t Drink the Water), and he wanted them to sound good (evidence: he critiqued himself for missing a verse in a song). Isn’t this the same with us as writers? We pick topics that we hope will have meaning for someone else, and we want our words to be perfect (at least as perfect as they can be). We want people coming back to read more of our words.
I couldn’t help but to find similarities between Dave Matthews performing a concert in front of his computer to us, as writers, typing posts into our computers each day. I was inspired to write. I was inspired and hopeful that my words will make a difference (even if it’s for just one reader).
Side note: I’ve been to MANY of Dave’s shows, and for the next show that I attend; I will be wondering why he picked the songs for that specific concert. I’m sure that there is a message.:)