If you had to get rid of one or the other, would you destroy all the books in the world or all the music in the world?
What a question! We were driving home late one night after a weekend away, and the kids were playing a question and answer type game where you ask each other to make seemingly impossible choices: after several would you rather kiss a cockroach or a slug? kind of questions, 14yo threw this one at me and it caused several miles worth of earnest debate.
I mean, I should have said save the books, right? I’m not musical, but I am an English Lit graduate. Books are (supposed to be) my thing. I’ve got enough of them piling up in my house. I quote poetry to my kids, I even dabble in trying to write creative fiction from time to time. In whatever nightmare dystopian Fahrenheit 451-esque world 14yo was imagining where you could either have books or music but not both, surely I’d opt for books. Wouldn’t I?
Well. Sorry books. I feel like I’m letting down the Brontes, Dickens, Hardy, Austen, Orwell and all the stalwarts of my bookcase who have been with me for years. But actually, music wins. A good book can be a powerful thing, but I can go for weeks without reading one. Or stare at the same page of the book I keep on my bedside table, every night without getting any further with it. But music… I couldn’t last a day without hearing something. Singing along to the radio when I’m in the car by myself, seeking out sad songs on Spotify to echo my mood when I’m low, or give myself a boost with something more positive, the one or two operas and symphonies I know well enough to do a bit of air conducting (like air guitar only with an invisible baton… is it just me that does that?), my enthusiastic amateur attempts at the flute, the guitar, or learning to sing, the pride I feel when my kids manage to bash out a squeaky tune on the violin or keyboard, the rare gig I get to go to (James this weekend at Leeds Arena, woohoo!), singing along to Abba at full volume while I’m doing the washing up, the ubiquitous Christmas tunes this time of year, just about any film or TV programme which would only have a fraction of the emotional impact without the sound track… Imagine a world with all that gone. It’s unthinkable.
Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. This week’s prompt was musical. If you’d like to take part the rules, borrowed from Linda’s site, are as follows:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
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