My Foolish Heart by A Horsnell Wade (song inspired)
Whistle while you work. Or hum. Or even sing along. How many of us listen to music while we work? Personally, I very rarely work in a quiet studio. I open my studio door and reach for the stereo.
Sometimes the music inspires an actual painting, other times it simply provides the right atmosphere I need to work. Perhaps it's the melody, or the words. Perhaps it's the rhythm. I respond to the whole song in the way other artists might respond to a beautiful landscape. I am absorbed by the music. My mind shifts and the ideas and colours, texture and movement flow onto the canvas.
I am not alone. Many, many artists are fueled by music. Or stories. Or movies. Or photographs in the morning paper. Artists inspiring other artists. Not all the time, but often a piece of music, or a story touches another artist and moves them to carry it even further. A chain reaction of creative response.
Recently I was reminded of a long-time favourite song, "Ode to Billie Joe" written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry in 1967. I know of few songs which tell a story so convincingly. A story so strong it further inspired a novel and movie .. and won several Grammy awards. As an artist, it doesn't get much better than that.
What song or music inspires you?
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art