I big part of any literary thing I do, whether it’s writing, reading, or editing, is the music I listen to. When I write, for example, often whatever I’m listening to will influence the voice or style of the piece. Or, when I read, I like something without lyrics to provide a white noise in the background.
So, in the same way I post a quote from a writer to get the week rolling, I will post a song on Friday to round the week out. Sometimes the song will be posted with some writing for context, and sometimes it may just whatever I’ve been listening to a lot of.
Either way, I’ll leave you, this Friday, with one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, “Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor.
Lately, I’ve begun work on a chapbook that will focus on the theme of Place. I want to try to get into the space between setting and Place, and determine at what point the location a character simply exists in becomes Place (capital “P” included).
This song is an example of the kind of “Place” I’m looking for. To James Taylor, Caroline isn’t just a geographic location, it’s something more. It is a place in the world relevant to who he is, and it makes his song meaningful in the same way it would be if it were about a person.
I know I don’t have many followers, but all the same, I’d like your feedback. How would you define Place? Or, maybe a little deeper of a question, is there a place meaningful to you in the same way? Where?