Here’s what sticks with me: When the Barden Bellas perform I Saw The Signs at regionals, they sound aca-awesome. Blended, homogenous…bland. Suddenly Beca (Anna Kendrick) launches into the chorus of another song, Bulletproof, harmonizing beautifully. It’s shocking, a whole new remix. Her teammates continue singing their song, but her voice stands out from all the others. Strong, vibrant and completely different. She takes the performance in a new direction.
That scene reminds me of how I think about writing. The introduction of a new song, a new story idea, in the midst of all the information in my brain, is like the standout voice in the movie. The chord is often small, but it is insistent enough to make me want to explore where the thought will take me. To write something new…to take the road less traveled.
I’ve listened to the melody, and heard the harmony. It guides me to the right words to put together to create a story. For me, it’s music on the page. Each time I hear a new harmony in my mind, I want to follow it until the song is sung, and the story is told.
It calls my name and I have to find a way to make the world sing along with my words.