Friday, July 8, 2016

Discussion: Books and Music

I love music as much as I love books.
You may have noticed this, with me adding songs to every post I make.
Music is one of my four greatest passions (reading, writing, music and watching).
Music inspires me. The song, the melody, the combination of sound and lyrics... it makes me feel.
Happiness. sadness, nostalgia, elation.
Everyone have a song somewhere out there, just for them. Songs whom their keys fit right into the lock that releases all the emotions within us. 

Sounds familiar?
Thant's because reading makes us feel the exact same way.
Only books don't have a build in melody. There are words (lyrics), and the melody is the one each of us makes up in our mind.
If the words click with something within ourselves, the melody will come effortlessly, beautifully. If not, there will be no melody, and the lyrics will fall flat. 

How can it be that someone absolutely loved a certain book while another person hated it?
Simple: we see the words, but we interpret them differently from one another. Each and every one of us create the melody we see fit.
For some, the melody never comes.
For others, it's strong and brave and magnificent.

Either the key clicks. Either it doesn't. Either it only goes halfway in.
And that's why, in every book, every song and even this post... there will be those who hates it and those who loves it. No matter what.
All that's left is for us is to accept this. But that's the hard part, isn't it?  

Did you know that we, humans, are completely identical in 99% of our DNA?
Why, then, we're still so different from one another?
That's all because of that tiny, little 1%.
I believe that one percent is responsible for so many things.
I also believe it's responsible for the way we interpret music and books and passions in life.
I believe that tiny one percent is what makes all the difference in the world.

What do you think? Do you agree with me\don't agree with me?
As much as I want everyone to agree with me, it's okay not to.
If we all thought exactly the same, it would be a boring, boring world.
And, personally speaking, I don't do well with boredom ;)
Do you love listening to music? Are you passionate about it?
 Do you love listening to music while reading?
What do you think of this discussion post?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

"Writing is... being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie is tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, while and alive, fully adapted to its new environment." 

-- Mary Gaitskill 



  1. I have to say - I too love music as much as books. I feel like I have a playlist for every mood lol - although when reading or writing I can't have anything with lyrics or my mind explodes lol. Nice post!

    1. Me too - I have all kind of playlists with different theme to them (:
      I get it... listening to music while reading or writing can be confusing and distract you. But, for me at least, sometimes it works great together and helps me get in the mood of what I write or read.
      Thank you! I'm glad you liked it ^^

  2. I gotta agree I do love listening to music while i'm reading,but on the other hand i'm also guilty of accidently tuning it out after I really get into a book >_< Great post!!! ^^

    1. Ah, yes, I know what you mean. I put on a playlist while reading, and when the playlist is over, I'm already so into the book that I can't bring myself to turn on the music again ^^
      Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it (:

  3. I absolutely loved this post! Books and music are my two great passions, too. They are all so magical, and just lets you FEEL. And there are tons of songs/types of music and books out there, so you'll never run out! No matter the mood, there's always a book or a song that will make the moment better :)
    I really love how you mended music and books together in your post! The analogy of hearing the melody and of keys unlocking emotions is so creative and brilliant!

    1. Why, thank you :')
      This is the best compliment I could have ever gotten. It warmed my heart to hear this, truly. Thank you, Erika :'D
      *collecting myself before I burst into tears of joy*
      Ah, yes... magical is the best word to describe this feeling. Because if magic is real, then it must be how it feels like; when you read a good books, when you hear a song that just clicks with something inside you.
      It's the best feeling in the world.
      I'm so happy to talk about it and share it with people who feel the same way.

      Thank you, Erika! You just made my not-so-good day (because we all have those sometimes), to a great day :D
      It's the first time someone described something I wrote as 'creative' and 'brilliant' *bursting into tears of joy! Sorry, couldn't help myself*. Taking into consideration that I'm going to sound overly dramatic, I'll just say that: I'll cherish this forever (:

  4. This is such a lovely post. I really enjoyed reading it! I kept thinking about a song, which is funny: "I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me. America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me" (from Hamilton, have you heard it?). I love love love love musicals, most of the songs I hear are from them because they have another layer of emotion that comes from the story of the play and the characters and, at the same time, they all have something I can relate to. I hear other stuff too of course, but overall I don't know that much about music and what's "hot" or not. I'm always late for the hits haha. I like old timey stuff too, especially jazz.

    Sadly, I can't listen to music when I read. Sometimes I put a classical song and it's fantastic, other times I can't even read a word that way. Songs with lyrics? Impossible when reading. My brain can't multitask like that haha.

    Great post Zoey, loved it.

    1. Thank you, Esther. I'm so glad you liked it ^__^
      I actually don't watch musicals. Not because I don't like them, but because... well, I just don't get to watch them.
      When I think of a musical, my mind immediately jumps to that one musical I loved when I was very young - High School musical. The notalgia (:
      I have listened to a few Hamilton songs, and my favorite is Burned - I just really love that song (!).
      Well, don't worry,,, I don't listen to what's "hot" either. I just listen to what clicks with me. If musicals and Jazz is you - then that's great!

      I get it. It's like reading when someone is talking to you - you can't concentrate. An insteumental music, on the other hand, would be much better while reading (:

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I was so glad to read it :D

  5. I love this post because reading and music are two of my greatest passions. I play piano and although I don't consider myself a 'good' player and I am completely unable to practice during the school year, I find comfort in playing a familiar tune or two during the summer to de-stress after attacking summer homework, working on the blog, or just a long day in general. Reading offers me a similar sensation-- I can disappear into a different world temporarily to escape the stresses of my life around me, at least during the summer (ah, school 😅). Lovely post!:)

    ✨ Claire @ Cover to Cover

    1. I love playing the piano. I only recently started (yep, I'm a beginner), but I'm already absolutely enthralled with it.
      Music and books and disappearing into other worlds - exactly. That's exactly it (:
      School, huh? Don't worry, it doesn't last forever (even though it feels this way). As someone who finished high school last month, I'm speaking from expirience ;)

      Thank you so much, Claire! I was *so* glad to to see your comment and talk to someone who feels the same about books and music ^^ .

  6. First of all - your post is beautiful.
    Second of all, to give my answers to your questions, I never listen to music while reading (exception here is me reading in a public place or while on bus if I have to travel somewhere), but I love, love music.
    For most of my life I always loved music more then anything. but now I actually love books a bit more, but music is still my passion.
    I love listening to music more then making it or singing, even if that wasn't the case before (I adored singing and was often on some competitions when I was younger), but now, there's nothing better then to just lose yourself in great melody.
    My favorite playlists are often those from 2005-2010 soundtracks, like One Tree Hill and O.C. and Smallville.
    I always liked that music the bast, better then what's popular now, even if I like today's music too.
    My favorite bands are The Kooks, Yellowcard, The All-American Rejects, Paramore, You Me At Six.
    I only recently (because I live under a rock) found out about band called Parachute and I can't even tell you how sorry I am for not knowing about them before, because that would probably be my favorite band back in the days. But I can unjoy their music now at least.

    1. Aww, thank you :')
      My first disucssion. I'm *so* glad you liked it!

      Ah yes, the passion for music is one I know all too well.
      I love getting lost in music. You'll rarely find me without my headphones on. I practically listen to music all the time.

      You used to sing? That's amazing. I don't really sing. My passion for music comes in the forms of hearing it and playing it (on the piano).
      Books and music go together with me. It really depends on what book I read\my mood for me to listen to music while reading the book. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it doesn't. But when it does... it's magical.

      Whoa, I never heard of any of those bands. Well, expect for Paramore - I do like some of their songs.
      I don't think we have the same taste in music, but I will check out some of the bands you mentioned. I always love finding out new singers\bands to let myself get lost in their music.

      I was so glad to hear from your, Irena! And so many times, as well :D
      I loved reading your comments. They brought a smile to my face ^^