Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Writing/Music Connection?

"I've been teaching myself how to play the banjo for about ten years."
-Deb

On her blog, Deb recently posted about being a banjo player and a writer. Jenny commented saying that she plays the flute. David Keplinger is a poet who plays the guitar and sings. Ditto that for Jay Udall. My friend Dorothy is a wonderful singer and a writer. I used to play violin (and dabble with the guitar and piano).

So, I got to wondering - how many other writers are/have been musicians too? The more I think about it, the more it seems that people with an inclination to music also have one toward writing. Or vice versa, if you'd rather.

Now I'm wondering if I'm just making up a connection or if there really is one there. What do you think? Is it a matter of people who are interested in one creative endeavor also being interested in another? How many writers do you know who are also musicians - or sculptors, painters, dancers, artists, or carpenters? Do you think it's just a coincidence, or is there something to it?

1 comment:

Camii said...

Because creative writing is a "right brain" activity, there's definitely something to it. :) I don't think I know one writer who DOESN'T fancy themselves as a musician in one way, shape or form as well.