Oh, the places I go when I’m not writing

I had a blast this past Saturday night and you’ll never guess where. Neither you nor I could have expected me to say I went to an AC/DC tribute band concert, but that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t go as a closet AC/DC fan. I didn’t just happen to drop in. I didn’t do it on a dare. I went as a mom. My oldest son is a drummer, and Fuse Box is his latest band.

It’s always exciting to hear, and watch, him play, but he’s always been in bar bands that covered 80s-90s rock songs. And though his personal tastes were often harder than the music those bands played, I don’t remember him talking about AC/DC. Nor did I ever expect to see him play in front of such a large crowd in a concert venue.

Besides being a proud mom, I enjoyed the show. I was familiar with more tunes than I knew, they sounded great, despite the singer not having a voice all week because of a cold, and once again, I wondered why music is not as big a part of my life as it used to be.

I guess the answer to that wondering is that I write now. The only music I can listen to while I write is classical. Anything with a lyric distracts me. Anything with a beat has me chair dancing. I used to listen to music in the car, but I don’t drive much nowadays and when I do, I usually prefer silence because I’m thinking about what I’m writing.

Besides not having enough music in my life, I really need to get out more—I’m sure I’ve said that before on this blog. Not that I plan on writing about musicians, or concert, club, or bar goers, but you never know when you might see a person who sparks a fascinating character or overhear a conversation that your writer’s mind transforms into a terrific story.

I’m not saying we should cruise high-crime areas or engage in any other dangerous activity, but it never hurts to stretch a little, to toss your net into new waters to see what you catch. That advice is for myself as much as anyone. Fiction writers need imagination, but if we expect others to relate, we need to base that fiction on real life.

Okay, as you probably expected, I’m going to share a short video clip with you—short because I had no idea how long I could record on my phone. Next time, I’ll record at least one whole song. And, of course, they sound better than my phone picks up. Rock on.

19 thoughts on “Oh, the places I go when I’m not writing

  1. I love tribute bands too. I love that they aren’t too proud to play someone else’s music. What a great form of flattery. They also help keep old bands alive.
    Hope you had a great time, Linda. They sound great!

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  2. Let’s have the whole tour next time please! I love a bit of solid rock 🙂
    Music for writing though – well, I have a ‘Do not disturb’ playlist on iTunes and it has everything from Nine Inch Nails to L’Arlesienne Suite with trance, dub, and that there Francoise Hardy in between. Yep – all of it either instrumental or foreign language. Like you, I can’t do with anything that interferes linguistically with my thinking. In fact, when I’m writing out the original idea, I need silence – just natural sounds like the water in my pond or neighbours’ comings and goings. When I’m revising though, that’s when the texture and detail start to kick in and music can influence that tremendously. After years in science (which I love with a passion), the experience of actually integrating music with writing is new and I am absolutely bowled over by it. What a delight to have such fantastic creations helping me with my own. When you also have your own family member making music, well, that’s just so very very special 🙂

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    1. I’m a notorious goof with a camera, Suzanne. 😕

      Instrumental NIN? You know, I do listen to music sometimes to get in a particular mood for a character. I listened to a lot of Adelle when I started this WIP and I’m thinking maybe I should do that again before I edit. Of course, that may result in extensive editing. 😯

      Actually, three of my sons are excellent musicians — definitely NOT a talent they inherited from me.

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  3. How neat that your son is in a band and you get to hear him play! I’m not much of an AC/DC fan, but the group sounded great and I love the special effects!

    I need quiet to write and edit, but I love me my music when I’m away from my desk! We try to go hear free, live outdoor music two or three nights a week. My favorite local Tiki Bar was just voted one of the ‘top ten beach bars in the USA’ by some travel magazine, and they have fantastic music two nights a week in the summer. Everyone talks to everyone, and the stories that spill out are pretty amazing. Last night alone I met enough characters to people a whole series of stories.

    For me it’s important to have that private time and space to write, but equally important to get out in the world to breathe and to get those creative juices moving.

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  4. Your son is very talented and more importantly, he is doing something he loves. My son plays in a band as well and I have had the opportunity to listen to him play. He dedicated an Elvis song to me,”That’s All Right Momma”. His band, The Straight Jackets, play a mixture of tunes from the 50s to current day stuff. Todd is a father of four and has a demanding day job but still finds time to do what he loves. We must have encouraged that in our sons.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do something you love. He’s a father of three and a hard worker, so I’m happy he has this chance to live out his dream. And you’re right, I can’t fault him for doing that, can I? 🙂

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  5. What a great moment for you to cherish as you watched your son do something he enjoys!

    Wow! This sure brings back memories! Suddenly I have the urge to strap on my “roller skates”, head out to Starlite Skate Center, and fly around the rink backwards. Not to mention the adrenaline spike was just what I needed before heading to the gym.

    My hubs and I try to do a few things a year that we have never done before. We do exclude things that could result in death or serious injury – of course – but even the smallest outings add a measure of new perspective and joy to our lives. So I agree – stretching is always good.

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  6. I’m listening to my son’s piano lesson now as I read this post–how appropriate!!! I’ll have to come back later and listen to the video though as I don’t want to inetrupt the lesson! lol
    That must have been such a kick to see, LInda! Wonderful!! 🙂

    Sometimes when I’m writing I need silence. What I’ve noticed is I need that silence when I’m not sure where I’m going. When I’m deep in it anything can be playing and it’s just background noise that I don’t really hear. Sometimes I need classical, sometimes I need lyrics, depending on my mood, and it’ll change during the writing session as well.

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    1. It was exciting, Jennifer. 🙂

      I wrote Brevity in silence, but when I started writing my second book, my husband (TV addict) was “retired” and not only the noise, but just his presence was a HUGE distraction. Only in the last couple of months have I been able to block him out enough to get deep into writing, and then, as you said, I don’t really hear anything. I’m anticipating the next book will take much less time to write.

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