Friday, June 8, 2012

Listen, to be a better writer

Last Sunday I caught a show on PBS - Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics - The Sixties
The music is unforgettable.  I was amused as the familiar tunes played. Hearing the words once again, my youthful memories surfaced.  I listened to the songs with care free innocence long ago, and I still hear the music the same way today.

I got up and started to dance with the music, becoming revitalized with the melodies.  Then it occurred to me, I still feel the same way inside. After all these years, my mindset is steadfast, based on the same beliefs and thoughts as years ago.

The songs coined as “for the young" are actually much more. The timeless songs are a state of mind, and a declaration of our thoughts. These ideals have lasted decades, and still not fading because they resonate true throughout time and space.

Like Sly from the Family Stone said “Thank you for letting us be ourselves."
I believe in those words - then and now.
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You

Just like the Turtles sang "Imagine how the world would be so happy together."
I believe in these words still today.
Turtles- Happy Together

So as times change, technology increases, and we communicate differently - we still are the same inside. It was a revolution to think global peace is possible, to be free, then and now. We want to encourage tolerance and acceptance, and we want to be loved. Nothing is changed. 
The Beat Goes On

Even though I write fiction, some of these beliefs sneak into the story, expressing part of myself and my ideals.  The characters we develop in our fiction are based on our experiences and our own emotions.  After all, we can’t write about something we don’t know or understand.  That’s why we need to be open and to listen, so we can be better writers.

Link to PBS:

Memorable music appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" from the 1960s. Included: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Beach Boys, the Animals, the Mamas and the Papas, the Young Rascals, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Petula Clark, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Sly and the Family Stone, Tommy James and Herman's Hermits. Paul Shaffer and T.J. Lubinsky host.
Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics---The Sixties

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