Post written and copyright 2104 by Doris McCraw
A continuation of the post from Monday, September 22, 2014. I spoke of how music and writing are similar. Here is a link to a Hoagy Charmichael song some of you may have heard of “Stardust”. This is the original version sung by Hoagy.
This is the Nat King Cole version.
Both are beautiful and I love both. The same applies to the stories we write. We can all have the same story, but we each apply our own interpretation and one is not better than the other, just different. I rarely sing or play piano in competition, I sing and play for my enjoyment, if others enjoy it, that is the icing on the cake. I’m working to make writing that same kind of enjoyment.
Sometimes it seems we don’t try something new or fail to continue something we started for fear of being compared unfavorably to others. As we get older time becomes something of the enemy and if we wish to accomplish the dreams we have, something has to give. As the above examples show, there is not competition, only our perception. Not everyone loves one version or the other.
Some people love Stephen King, others Dean Koontz. Does anyone remember Barbara Cartland? How about Kat Martin or Diana Palmer (Susan Kyle)? The point is there are favorites for everyone. As authors, musicians and artists, we only have ourselves to compete with.
Having said the above, to keep ourselves going, we sometimes need to do the unexpected, push ourselves in directions we might fear. Many times we may fail, but then if we keep going the prize is worth the effort. Theodor Geisel as most of you may know had forty+ rejections before being accepted. He became a beloved author known as Dr. Seuss.
I will leave you with a link that seems to exemplify the above.
Until next time, here is to living in harmony with ourselves and our talents. Use them and if it gets boring, do the unexpected, you never know where it might lead.
Now just for fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiGdthpNGKc
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