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Comparing Different Art to Inspiration (Songs and Poetry)

Updated on January 5, 2017

How Other Forms of Art Can Inspire

We are all aware of the many different pathways to being artistic. Some of these types of art are poetry of verse, story-telling through a three-minute song, or writing a book with twenty chapters. Art can also be photography; a kind of art of the eye, a capture of something close to the lens for an instant that may not have been noticed if not snapped just in time at the right moment. Paintings, no doubt, become pictures of visual illusion that the artist dreams up and brings to life on canvas. When a singer writes notes for a song, it is his own interpretation of a story that plays out well with his emotions as he wrote them. All these different styles of expression can give me an idea for my poetry at times.

When I listen to a song, sometimes in my mind, I can see the adaptation of the words as a painter may see before painting a landscape or portrait. I think music could guide a photographer to catch the feeling the song gives him/her when they go out and snap a picture. However, in this case, a song or group of songs has guided me to a fantasy land of expression that has willed me to write words down in a most beautiful but unlike way.

It's All Words and Music to Me

It's true we are all different in the way we find our inspiration. Everyone may not agree that music could inspire their specific artistry, but it is an interesting thought to think that all in the business of entertaining and creating could feed off each other to bring forth a vision for their own creativity, isn’t it? So, let us venture down a serene and pretty path of words and music, shall we?

Recently, while listening to three great songs that have the most beautiful lyrics and music accompanying them, I began to be inspired to write this poem I will post here. Music, as I mention above, has come to be a delightful and unexpected part of my poetry process at times. I could come across a song that moves me, and then I will listen to that song over and again and just find my inspiration to start building my verses of emotion. The funny thing is, it may have no connection to that song at all. It could just be something I needed to hear so I could find my own push to paper, in my case writing a deep versed poem.

My Great Inspirations for Today

First, the music and songs that inspired me to write a poem today came from not one song or artist, but three very distinctive talents that I have been a fan of for several years now. David Gray, Damien Rice, and Patrick Watson are the artists I will showcase here. The songs I will post of theirs could be paintings on a canvas, a photo in time, and poetry through song and music. So, I thought I would use them as an inspiration to put my personal poetry to paper today.

David Gray’s song, “Freedom,” is a lovely song, and without truly validating David’s inspiration for this song, I have, instead, read several different opinions on it. One thing that will bring no debate from other listeners, is that the song emulates a strong grief. It kind of takes you to a soldier’s departure to war, but you are not sure if he is just using those references for comparison to the grief or the song is depicting several grief scenarios. As the song goes on, it makes me feel that it’s a song about trying to find freedom with a lot of life’s issues we may come across in this world. In addition, I read from a fan, that they believe that this was written in 2001, when he was about to become a new father, and he was losing his own father at the same time, so it was an emotional song for him to write. As it was written in 2001, it is also said to be a song about our tragedy 9/11. For me, it’s about all the above, but mainly how we handle grief. Take a listen. Close your eyes, and let David’s words and music carry you to a different place, to your own vision for his song.

The song I am posting for Damien Rice is two songs sung right after the other at a concert Damien performed in 2014 in Amsterdam: “The Blower’s Daughter and Elephant.” The lyrics to this song, for me, are a little hard to grasp, but Damien’s tone and how he emotes his words tell me it’s mostly about loneliness and finding ways to handle that. The song, to me, portrays infidelity and regret in order to soothe a lonesome ache. I think we all have related to loneliness at some point in our lives, and so, the songs he sings were easily compared to some lonely times in my own life. Take a listen and see how you feel.

The last song that inspired my poem today is a collaboration with Patrick Watson on vocals and piano, backed up by the Cinematic Orchestra: “To Build A Home.” It is a beautiful song about building a life and the inevitability of death. This song always takes me far away. It’s a subject that haunts me at times. I think a lot about life and how I will leave a legacy for my children, so this song is one of my favorites. I hope you like it as much as I do.

I Think I Will Mention One More Inspiration of Mine

The songs that inspired this latest poem of mine are beautiful, but going back to how I started this article, stating how all creative art may inspire; I would be remise not to mention a young photographer who I discovered on Facebook a few years ago. I don’t see that he posts a lot on his page, but when he does it catches my eye, and takes me off to a nice place. His name is Alex Stoddard, and the photo of his, which was an inspiration for my poem; I cannot post here for fear of copyright infringement rights. However, I will post a link to it for viewing, and after you read my poem, I think you will be able to tell how all these songs, and this one photo inspired it.

I love creating! I have always been an outcast, a misunderstood personality. So, when I find great artists, no matter what genre of art, they create, if it’s meaningful with a unique story to tell, I know I am not alone in my world.

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In A State of Black Beauty

I am in a pitch-black pool.

Sparkles dance around me.


As the water swirls, silver

circles of waves surround me.


My feet I can pull up, yet they

don’t touch or carry me down.


I am a light in a peaceful void.

Grace is heard; musical vibes

abounds.


I cannot see anything ahead

and nothing directly behind.


The black water covers me the

dazzling glow above sublime.


I would wish to stay in this state;

a very melancholy dreamscape…


but the tinge of halfway is starting

to pull me away.


Go please. I want to stay. I glitter

like I never did in a day.


I can touch the moon, and blow

Stardust from my palm.


I’m finally a mystical phenomenon.

I shall miss my presence here if I

leave…


I feel whole, not at all treated as an

alien. My soul now is shining, so leave

me be.


Let me lay in my black pool of warmth

where I can finally believe I’m free.


Can you really beseech me this

peaceful space?


I have nothing more to give to the

other place.


Even so, it seems you win. I have

found myself back in this heathens’

den.

© 2016 Missy Smith

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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great work, Missy. I am often inspired by a song I hear, or a book, photo etc. Sometimes the inspiration comes when totally unexpected. I liked all three songs, but the first by David Gray, "Freedom" was my favourite. I love the musical accompaniment to it as well. I recently wrote a poem "I am a Nowhere Man" inspired by the Beatles' song. I think Alex Stoddard's photo of a person floating on their back in a pond/lake with the clouds reflecting in the water may be the one that inspired you.

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      You have created a wonderful poem inspired by the above songs. The information provided about the songs and the songs are all very great.

      I also get inspired by songs and artworks but couldn't put them in words like some of you do. You are great in this respect. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the parallels you've drawn, and how you find inspiration in music. Whenever I have looked for musical inspiration, I have turned to Dan Fogelberg. Songs like "The Reach" still speak to me, even after decades.

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Hey Jodah, and thanks for stopping by to read this. Especially thanks for listening to these beautiful songs. They were my main topic here. I love a beautiful heartfelt song, and it does inspire me as many other things do as well.

      Notice that these videos are all in a concert setting and live. I love to watch a talented musician bring his magic to life. I love the facial expressions they give, and it's almost like you can see them living their song in their mind. It really does inspire me. I love piano, violin, cello, and an acoustic guitar session, which all of these had.

      Yes, you are right, the photo of Alex's you mention is the one that has inspired me lately. It was just stunning to me. I even asked him how he got such a wonderful shot. He was gracious enough to tell me. This young photographer was born near where I am from and was raised in Georgia. So he is a Floridian by birth but Georgian from his raising. I, too, am from both states as I have lived in both; my mom from Georgia, my dad from Florida. So, recently, when I found out his background, I felt it was no wonder I found his talent. He now resides in California where his work is for sale and on display in a gallery there. It pleases me to know this young man has made it!

      I really thought about writing an article on different artists I admire; singers, painters, photographers. However, to find the pictures to accompany my tributes, I'm not sure I could pull off. When it comes to artists like Alex or a painter that I like, the pictures that you could use without copyright infringement is difficult to find, and I would want to post my favorites. I still may try though. It's always easy to grab YouTube videos of singers though, so that's good. :)

      Thanks again, John! It's always good to hear from you. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Hello Venkat, your comments are always so kind and make me feel validated that what I write, along with my poetry, does capture peoples attention. I cannot thank you enough for all your kindness. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Music is a wonderful outlet to draw inspiration from isn't it, Bill? I love so many genres of music from way back to Etta James, to today's musicians like Radiohead. I love Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band." It's the song of his that sticks out in my mind. I think probably his most famous hit. I love CCR, just all kinds of music. These artists I posted here today inspire me because they really have a unique way of expression. Each has their specific way of relating to music I think.

      It means a lot when I get readers who can totally understand my thoughts when I write them out. Thank you! ~Missy

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      whonunuwho 6 months ago from United States

      Nice job Missy and very creative in your work here. I enjoyed this very much my friend. whonu

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Thanks so much, whonu. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      This hub is a work of art in itself. I find that certain ideas or writing on the net can inspire me. I often listen to favorite songs on YouTube and the songs always inspire. The music and the words give me ideas and soon I have a poem all ready to go. Other times a certain color can bring inspiration like one of my favorites orange which makes me associate with the sun and lovely sunsets.

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Hey Gypsy, Yes, I do recall you love all music and I do enjoy going to your page and reminiscing to the past. As soon as I can I will journey back to your page. Besides your blast to the past music hubs, I always enjoy your very inspirational, and loving poetry. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the very lovely comment. :)

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      Rodric Johnson 5 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I listened to the last song while reading this poem. I listen to the other songs before reading. I ignored all the words to the songs and let the music influence me.

      Your poem produced images in my head that I tried to based on the image you suggested and it worked, but it transformed in my mind into what I could interpret and understand.

      "I am a pitch black pool...."

      I saw the pool, and to me, I felt like it was saying that my life is in the beginning and I have no form or meaning, no ambitions, not desire, but the sparkles that danced around intrigue me, interest me to look beyond what I am.

      As I read, I could see the moonlight reflected in me as I become the character spoken of in the poem and me becoming that light, almost and religious/spiritual experience there!

      There is so much that I get from this. I get that we are free based on the things we experience around us. Our environment helps us to feel free. When that situation changes, we believe that our sense of freedom is also affected. The loss of control over the light, the moon, the feeling of finally belonging and owning power slips away into the blackness again, but you never forget how it felt to reflect great light and have a powerful sense.

      The cool think about this is that if we take this further that in the sunlight the black pool will become its blue, green or brown color in the bright light reflecting the sky with all its shapes and flying creatures.

      Great poem.

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      I am extremely honored that you received such beauty from my poetry. I love that!! And did you read back what you just wrote to me, Rodric?? Yes, I would say you are a poet who will come to life when you start expressing yourself in this way. Love...love...love...how you interpreted my poem. Beauty!!! Thank You!

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      Rodric Johnson 5 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I guess you are on to something there. I will try to explore poetry more. I think I will incorporate some or all of the things you mentioned for inspiration-

      pictures., Music, and such.

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