Writing 101: Day Three: Songs and Commit to a Writing Practice

Writing 101: Day Three: Free Writing

Today’s Prompt: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

Today, try free writing. To begin, empty your mind onto the page. Don’t censor yourself; don’t think.  Just let go. Let the emotions or memories connected to your three songs carry you.

 Today’s twist: You’ll commit to a writing practice. The frequency and the amount of time you choose to spend today — and moving forward — are up to you, but we recommend a minimum of fifteen uninterrupted minutes per day.

“The basic unit of writing practice is the timed exercise” – Natalie 

The Fragrance of Love:

The three songs that sing to me and always make me smile are, you guessed it, songs on LOVE! The most beautiful emotion in the world is love, the most beautiful sentiment that can overcome any barriers, that can restore any loss, that can heal any wound and make life lovable and liveable again is love. Love is perhaps the most sung and performed topic in the world!

Here are my three favourite songs on Love that I could listen to without ever getting bored:

PERHAPS LOVE‘ sung soulfully by the fabulous John Denver and Placido Domingo — a duet by a country singer and an opera artist

Another Year has Gone By‘ sung by the inimitable Celine Dion

Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You by George Benson

To choose three songs is very, very difficult especially if you love listening to music and can speak and understand five languages ! There are so many favourites to choose from. Songs could be happy or sad, silly or sublime, inspiring or depressing, romantic, nostalgic, bitter, angry, grieving and anything else that has to do with human emotions. I choose today to remember three songs on love that speak to me about endurance in love. 

In the fast-paced world that we live, change is a constant. From phones and gadgets to dressing styles, from food fads to car models, from holiday destinations to movie picks, nothing seems to have a quality of constancy about it. We are all in a frenzy to keep up with changing trends and shifting equations ALL the time. We are always paranoid that we are ‘missing out’ on something and sadly this has crept into spiritual pursuits too. Nowadays, instead of sticking to a chosen spiritual guide or a path of faith, people merrily convert their beliefs at the drop of a hat or indulge in what is called, ‘ashram hopping’ say in a country like India. They move from Guru to Guru or from Church to Church, or from temple to mosque, in search of quick hearings and miracles, sensationalism and excitement and instant gratification, when the source of all peace and love lies within. It is a very sad state of affairs and amusing too. Reminds me of the words of the 19th century mystic-saint of India, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (whose disciple Swami Vivekananda introduced Vedanta to the Western world), who used to advise his followers that to get water from the ground, one should dig in one place and persist till you strike water. Instead, out of boredom and impatience, you dig several holes, you will never find water and you just waste time and dissipate energy.

I believe love too is like that. To discover the treasures in love, you have to give up the constant search for excitement or ego and sense gratification and instead persist in loving what is there in life. People are like oysters, the pearl within is revealed after many layers are uncovered ! Endurance in love though rare nowadays is something that I would personally cherish.


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