It could be how the lyrics in a song make me want to go off and explore more behind what inspired them. A good example of this is ‘Mercy Street’ by Peter Gabriel. This is based on a poem by Anne Sexton and I didn’t know of her work before I heard this song. But after hearing it and being moved by the music and lyrics I tracked down some of her poetry and have since enjoyed it in it’s own right.
I also like how certain music can inspire me to go and write about it or how it has made me feel. To be moved by something so much that it makes you go off and express yourself creatively is a precious gift. To feel that emotion so deeply that you want to share it, or just sit at your computer and write about music in general is a wonderful feeling. My whole blog came from this very motivation.
Sometimes it can be a simple as inspiring me to keep working out harder and with full effort. If I didn’t have music playing when I sat on the exercise bike or did other exercises I think I’d struggle a lot more and the music bolsters my flagging resolve and keeps me going.
At it’s most basic level music can inspire me to get up and dance or just sing along with full gusto.
I know this to be true of other people and artists. Marc Cohn writes on Facebook about how other songs and musicians inspire him to write particular songs or just create in general. Plus some of my friends also feel moved to write poems, or work harder or more effectively due to the influence of music in their lives.
It goes to show how music has the power to affect us at our core, but also affect the way we behave and act. When you think of it in these terms then it is a powerful gift to have music in our lives and whilst some of the light frothy music may inspire us to shake our tail feathers and have a good time, some of the more brooding ‘serious’ music may inspire the thoughts behind great physics, or other society/cultural changing works. Not bad for a string of notes and some infectious beats.