#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Finding the music

Me and music–what a love story.  Ours is a complicated relationship, fraught with drama and pathos.  You see, music touches me in some very deep places and sometimes I don’t want to be touched in those places, because they’re just too tender, too vulnerable, too raw.  On the other hand, I need music in much the same way I need water, food and sleep–when I’m avoiding my music (my muse?), I lack the energy, focus, strength to create.  Obviously, that isn’t good.

Music inspires me.  It energizes me.  It won’t allow me to check out and avoid my feelings–instead, it brings them straight to the surface.  I have to laugh, cry, dance–or write.

As a young woman, I really hated doing housework–who doesn’t?–and when I had cleaning to do–and couldn’t possibly wiggle out of it :)–I would put on a record–wait for it–of John Phillip Sousa’s rousing marches.  You can imagine how strange it would have seemed to an objective observer–me, sweeping through my work on the march!  I finished in no time and I was exhilerated in the bargain.  It was wonderful.

When I listen to music, my heart opens.  That’s enormously helpful with writing or any other creative endeavor but, as I’ve hinted above, it can be very painful, too.

What stirs me most when I’m writing?  Country music–Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Emmilou Harris, Randy Travis, and many others.  Gospel is another favorite–it inspires and soothes, uplifts and restores. 

The good news is, I’ve found my music again–by finding the courage to open my heart and let it in.

Music is like prayer for me, as is art.

I just have to be brave enough to go there.

 

20 comments to “Finding the music”

  1. Juanita Rice
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Link

    “What stirs me most when I’m writing? Country music–Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Emmilou Harris, Randy Travis, and many others.”

    How about our departed George? I play his “16 Biggest Hits” album all the time. It looks like you are a fan of classic country. Good girl! So fun to see that side of you. :)

    Will there be any more details coming on where to meet up with you on Saturday?



    • linda
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        · May 15th, 2013 at 7:48 pm · Link

      I love George Jones–got to meet him once, at a party.
      Kittatas County Event Center, 12 to 5, that’s all I know. You’d better be there, because I’m bringing you a small gift.



      • Juanita Rice
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          · May 15th, 2013 at 9:32 pm · Link

        Thank you, Linda! Just after I sent that post I got the information on my Facebook page. I’ll call the event office tomorrow and see if they can tell me what building. Looking forward to this!! :)



  2. Kathie
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Dearest Linda,
    It is wonderful that you have found your music again. I could not live with out it. Music has always been my solace, in good times and bad. It has gotten me through many a heartache and continues to do so even to this day. I have no preferences really, anything from classic to heavy metal, depending on the mood.
    Time is moving so slowly, now that the 28th is nearing. I can’t wait to read ‘Big Sky Summer’ and see what’s happening in Parable.

    Take Care and Be Blessed!!!!! :)



  3. Bonnie Pruett
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, we are alike as two peas in a pod when it comes to housework. I play my music, which by the way is like yours. Country music is a very important part of my life. My Dad was a musician and a singer. He had hs own band and played various instruments, some two at a time like a guitar and his harmonica. He started me singing. Unfortunately, he died at 38. I was 8 at the time. My brother learned to play guitar from Dad. He became an accomplished musician and master of many instruments, even more than Dad did. He sings and he had a band. But now he sings for the Lord. He does weddings, funerals, benefits and does music at church. I sing but accapela is my usual way of singing. I don’t play anything more than my boombox. I am also a poet. Even published in a poetry book. So you see, we do have a lot in common. Oops, I forgot, my favorite way to clean is in my.pajamas. Lol. Thank you for reading my story.

    God Bless You,

    Bonnie



  4. Crystal
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Linda,
    I think music inspires alot of us. Where would we be without a good song to lift us up when we are down or need a good crying song or me being from a Pentecostal background a Good Southern Gospel SHOUTIN’ song!!! LOL Yes we have been known to run and hop over a few pews!!! LOL I can’t wait for the next book to come out!! I am really trying to Patiently WAIT but Patience is a virtue and I’m still learning!!! LOL I hope everyone has a wonderful day and as one of my favorite singers says Let The Music Lift You Up!!!!!! ( Reba McEntire ) :wink:



    • Hilda
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        · May 16th, 2013 at 2:29 am · Link

      Crystal, I’ve been attending a UPC church for the last 2 years (after 56 years of attending a Reformed Church – stiff as starch!) and I now look forward to going to church. I don’t run the aisles because of my weight and my knees, but I stomp my old feet and wave my arms and sing at the top of my lungs – and cry when the Spirit moves me! It’s wonderful! God loves our praises and I love to praise Him!



  5. Norma Stanforth
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 4:48 pm · Link

    Yes Linda, music is good for the soul, even in the bible it say to make joyful music, and praise the Lord with our joyful music. God wants us to be joyful and honor him, but sometime it is hard to do but we need to do it, i am the first one too omit that i fail in that department, now i well get off my soap box.
    I hope everyone has a great day and God bless each and everyone of you.
    Norma S.



  6. sam
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Linda, one of my favourite times is when I am in the kitchen baking cakes and listening to the radio or one of my cd’s. You just can not beat it :)



    • Juanita Rice
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        · May 15th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

      Sam,
      George Jones is singing “What My Woman Can’t Do” as I type this. :)



  7. Lois Rotella
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Music effects in so many different ways. I love to listen to music when I clean also. I sing at the top of my lungs and no one is around as I can’t sing. My favorite song is Amazing Grace. Music also puts me in a happy mood and I just can’t sit still when I hear it. I love country, soft rock and folk and also religious music.
    I have wonderful day and enjoy your music. :-D



  8. carole
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I love mblog-I too love music on when I’m doing my homework and of housework…country to the blues, when I do housework I put it on loud, for i get done faster…and if I need to get myself into a better mood i put on my praise and worship music which I do every morning and for my kids that i have in my home daycare to learn and its so cool they ask to put the CD on, its so cool to see their faces light up and we all are in aa better mood thru out the day! Sure hope your day is a blessed one!



  9. Lorena
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I totally understand about the power of music. As a child growing up, the stereo was more important than the television in our house. My parents played their favorites and they listened to ours too. Music can wake memories. Music can motivate. Music can chase the blues away. Music is powerful.

    I listen to Elvis or early rock-n-roll to clean house. It’s a good thing my neighbors like it too.

    Have a great day :)



  10. Gloria
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      · May 15th, 2013 at 8:13 pm · Link

    I used to listen to music while cleaning house. I’d turn the sterio way up loud and play all my old albums. I still have the sterio…it still works, but I don’t…and the albums, but I no longer listen to them, or clean house. :oops: Maybe I should start back listening to music and get this shack cleared out and cleaned up. I’d probably feel better…Ya think?



  11. Andrea Lammly
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      · May 16th, 2013 at 8:40 am · Link

    Linda:
    I too put music on to do housework and baking, just for background noise and it is soothing; and it does make the work go faster it seems. I work at a country radio station and if you enjoy country and you like gospel; check out Alan Jackson’s new inspirational album. It’s his second one; the first he did in dedication to his Mom and it is wonderful. His rendition of “Amazing Grace” is beautiful and I hope the George Jones fan heard Alan sing at his funeral…that was so moving. Alas, I wait for the 28th to go back to Parable! Looking forward to the trip!
    Hope you come to the Northeast sometime for a book signing or event. Would love to meet you in person. Enjoy the day and God’s blessing on everyone.
    Andrea



    • Hilda
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        · May 16th, 2013 at 10:44 am · Link

      Andrea,
      I LOVE Alan Jackson! Thanks for the tip about his new inspirational CD, I didn’t realize there was a new one out. I listen to his first one in my car, love it! Thanks, may the Lord bless you!



  12. Kristie Wilson
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      · May 16th, 2013 at 9:16 am · Link

    I’ve starting walking/jogging at a park close to my home and when my 10-year-old chatterbox isn’t with me, I pop in my ear buds and listen to either my favorite country station or my new favorite station – K-Love (contemporary Christian). I find I’m usually able to jog for longer distances while listening to music. I can set goals like, “Okay, I can make it until this song is over.” I also can’t hear how hard I’m breathing when I’m listening :)



  13. Liz M
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      · May 16th, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    As I read all of these comments I have to agree with each and every one of them. I am listening to Josh Groban’s new CD. I love all kinds of music. Country and Gospel included. I grew up with Classical. It just takes you away to a better place and with me takes my pain away and allows me to realize I am ok. So Music is wonderful and healing. :-P



  14. Karen
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      · May 16th, 2013 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Isn’t one of your faves, Willie Nelson and My Heroes have
    always been Cowboys……….it’s one of mine.



  15. Sybel D. Scott de Pech
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      · May 26th, 2013 at 11:56 pm · Link

    DEAREST LINDA:

    I TOO FIND THAT MUSIC…GOD~INSPIRED MUSIC…IS WHAT ALLOWS ME TO FACE MY TRUE SINFUL SELF & IT HELPS ME HEAR WHAT GOD WANTS TO SAY TO ME AS I LISTEN WITH MY HEART NOT JUST MY HEAD.
    GOD’S MELODIES ALSO HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE DEPTH, THE WIDTH, THE LENGTH AND THE MAGNITUDE OF GOD’S MERCY & GRACE FOR ME (AND THOSE AROUND ME).
    I WISH FOR ALL THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE TIRED AND WORN OUT THAT THEY,TOO CAN HEAR THE NOTES GOD SENDS TO THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR SO THAT THEY CAN BE REJUVENATED, REFRESHED AND RENEWED BY THAT MUSIC FROM HEAVEN. GOD BLESS YOU AND LET’S KEEP ON LISTENING FOR THOSE HEAVENLY SONNETS SUNG BY ANGELIC HOSTS ON HIGH!!
    SINCERELY YOURS,
    Sybel Diane ♪



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