Language Overlay - Music

Exercise #106 : Language Overlay - Music

Sprinkling in language that reflects a character's concerns and passions add richness and texture to a narrative. For example, if I have a character who loves sports, when he goes outside to rake the leaves, I might have him "grip the handle like a bat." The idea of this exercise is to generate vocabulary - nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, phrases, gestures, metaphors, etc - that would have to do with sports and then sprinkle some into the narrative as it suits. In this exercise, try it for music - assume your character loves a certain type of music; or teaches, plays, or composes it. What vocabulary would be in his or her mind? Certainly things like notes, scales, perhaps a metronome. Make as long a list as you can in 5 minutes.


For being someone who is musically minded, I'm finding this exercise to be... confusing. Maybe that just makes me dense. Here's the thing: I understand her sports analogy
. That makes sense to me. Music, however, is one of those things that, while incredibly physical, I view in a mental sort of way. When I sing, I view pictures through my mind's eye. I don't think about my intercostal muscles pushing and pulling against my ribs in order to expand my ribcage. I don't think about how my abdominals are working like crazy while I'm floating a high note. Of course, I've had to focus on these things while practicing, but it's the practice that's turned it into muscle memory so that I don't have to think about it. I guess you can say that it's always something that's on my mind, but it's so far in the back recesses of my brain that I'm able to focus on other things.

That being said, I sat here staring at my computer for a full 5 minutes without coming up with a single example to fill this exercise. FAIL.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm fresh out, it seems.


P.S. CHRISTMAS IS TOMORROW!!!!!! I'm going to be taking it and the weekend off. Expect a new exercise up on Monday! :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! And a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!! :-D


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