Monday, April 24, 2017
NaPoWriMo 2017 - Prompt #24 - Music
Many people have strong associations with music, as some do with particular smells. Here are a few lines from Katrina Vandenberg's poem, Record:
I regret giving up
your two boxes of vinyl,
which I loved. Surely
they were too awkward,
too easily broken
for people who loved music
the way we did. But tonight
I’m in the mood for ghosts,
Music is made by people across all cultures and has been made down through all of recorded history (and no doubt a lot longer than that.) The variety is limitless. Some music is made with instruments, and these can be created from material on hand like wood, or manufactured material like metal. The human body is also an instrument, used for percussion sounds and also of course for singing. Music can be composed ahead of time and preserved for generations, or it can be spontaneous, lasting just for that moment. It can be performed solo or in groups. Some music has strict rules, rhythm, and tune, while other music is more free form. In many societies, the ability to perform music is a valued skill. And of course some music never seems to get out of your head (ear-worm). Music can make a strong cultural and generational statement.
Prompt #24: Choose some aspect of the concept of music and write a poem. What forms of music do you enjoy? What instrument do you wish you could play? What are your memories of music from major life events such as weddings? What place does music have in your life? What about the concepts of dissonance or being out of tune? What are the implications for someone who does not hear music, or does not enjoy music? In what ways is music viewed positively or negatively? Consider these questions as you craft your poem.
For something more specific, write a poem that is inspired by the lyrics of a song, or a particular piece of instrumental music.
My mind is already bubbling with ideas to explore this theme in sci-fi, horror, or fantasy!
Did you use this or one of our other prompts? You can post your poem in our comments, if you like.
Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credits: Cello Player Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain