Cello music is a curative. It heals over the day’s wounds and calms the spirit. It speaks in low soothing tones or pleads through vibrato. It approaches with fleeting steps or storms about the room without apology. Its dulcet tones summon the imagination and make way for creativity.
I am falling in love with the voice of the cello.
It began during my writing of a historical fiction set in the mid 1800’s. In preparation to write a scene in which a family home was lost to fire, I listened to a cello version of Nearer My God to Thee. In fact, I listened to it repeatedly. The mournful tones transported me to where I needed to be to write that piece — standing in the shoes of Irish girl waiting in despair against the dark of night while flames consumed her family’s shanty.
Now, when I journey into writing, I pair my vision with a piece of cello music that sings my story. Then I close my eyes and let the music do its work.
What follows are some quotes about the power of music to unleash words and some cello pieces I’d like to share with you. Just click on the cello to listen.
February 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm
Your exactly right Gwen. You have to be in the mood to write, a dog barking in the background doesn’t do anything for me. The music lets the words flow. Check out these guys playing Cello’s. Also my brother plays Cello.
February 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm
I just visited the link. What a performance! It must be such a thrill to perceive of such art and to make the vision a reality. Wow!
March 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm
I thought it was very good too. Such talent out there. I see it in people’s post and writing style, both of which I have little of. One of the hardest instruments to play-Cello.
March 2, 2014 at 11:11 am
I feel similarly inspired by the piano and the oboe, although I played the cello when I was younger. They say that it’s the similarity of the sound of the cello to the human voice that inspires many.