Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jane Candia Coleman on Writing and Music [via Booklife]

Yesterday I spoke about my experiences with basing prose on songs. Today, while finally daring to crack open my Google Reader after two weeks of neglect, I discovered a short piece on Booklife. The author, Jane Candia Coleman, draws parallels between music and writing as medium and she comes to some interesting conclusions. I have quoted one here:

Third. Timing. In any extended musical composition timing is critical. There is a time to be serious, a time for fun, a time for crescendo, and an understanding of how to approach and do closure. By which I mean how everything is wrapped up, themes, plot, character, mathematics, as in Bach, who did it so perfectly, and in writing where we must all do the same thing and leave not only an echo of what might have been but a sense of satisfaction that everything is wrapped up right and tight.

No one can argue against this. At least in my opinion.

To read the whole article click [HERE]


Charles Gramlich said...

I think it goes to show the way that humans process information and how we get psychological satisfaction. Stories and both work in basically the same way.

Harry Markov said...

Yes, I agree with that. People are truly unique and it's fascinating to see how a professional musician sees writing in the context of music.