Thursday, October 9, 2008

Finding the Write Song

Here’s a fun exercise I found on Brenda’s Page:

Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer. Post the lyrics on your blog and why you've chosen it. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular aspect of writing - whatever you want. Tag 5 others to do the same.

I’ll tag anyone reading this who wants to play.

I thought about this for a while and came up blank. Then the other day as we wound our way up the mountains into Julian, my husband started belting out The Long and Winding Road. If the universe gives you a handout like that, you should just take it:

The long and winding road that leads to your door,
Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before
It always leads me here, leads me to your door.
The wild and windy night that the rain washed away,
Has left a pool of tears crying for the day.
Why leave me standing here, let me know the way.
Many times I’ve been alone and many times I’ve cried,
Anyway you’ll never know the many ways I’ve tried, but
Still they lead me back to the long and winding road,
You left me standing here a long, long time ago.
Don’t leave me waiting here, lead me to your door.

Who wouldn’t compare a writer’s journey to a long and winding road? It also reminds me of life, with all its unexpected twists and turns/ potholes/detours/ roadblocks… okay, maybe road analogies are a little too easy.

The idea of life being a winding road makes me think that wherever we are at this moment, it’s the result of all our thoughts and experiences so far, good and bad. It’s those experiences we draw upon when we create. I also like the possibility that no matter where you’ve been, those experiences might lead you to the threshold of something great.

So I’m waiting. Lead me to that door.

10 comments:

Kelly said...

You are SO right, and there are no shortcuts either!

Rena said...

Oh yes -- perfect song!

Kim Kasch said...

That's a hard one . . . let me think

Carrie Harris said...

Very cool choice! I've been thinking about this ever since Brenda posted about it, and I'm still coming up blank.

adrienne said...

It was tough. I had to resist going with, To Dream the Impossible Dream...

Anonymous said...

Cool!
I was thinking more on the lines of the itsy bitsy spider! as she starts over again after been rejected by the editors!
E

adrienne said...

E - I thought of that one, too! That's one determined spider.

Brenda said...

adrienne...great choice! Sometimes it feels like there is no road at all and we writers are building the roads as we go...hugs...

Anonymous said...

I agree with Brenda's comment. Please check this
http://www.unhooked.com/poetry/caminante.htm about Antonio Machado's poetry.
E

adrienne said...

E - Thanks for the link!

Brenda - See Machado's poem - it's called, Walker, There is No Road. It's beautiful!