This week’s Wordsmith Wednesday shouldn’t come as a surprise to those that have ever talked/seen/heard of me. The following comes from “Natural Science,” the last song on RUSH‘s 1980 album “Permanent Waves” with lyrics by Neil Peart.
“When the ebbing tide retreats/along the rocky shoreline/
it leaves a trail of tidal pools/in a short lived galaxy/
Each microcosmic planet/a complete society/
A simple kind of mirror/to reflect upon our own/
All the busy little creatures/chasing out their destinies/
Living in the pools/they soon forget about the sea.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and/or drudgery of our own tiny, individual lives. Try not to forget about the sea.
This week for our “Wordsmith Wednesday,” I’ve chosen a quote from one of my favorite authors of all time, Roald Dahl. If there is one thing that anyone knows about me, minus my love for bread, it’s that his writing has constantly inspired and influenced my writing style.
From his children story, The BFG, comes this quote spoken by the BFG himself:
“What I mean and what I say is two different things”
Such a simple statement made by a simple man can hold so much meaning in the present world and the world of writing. Many times we look for a deeper meaning within an author’s words but often that meaning and the author’s intentions are different. In either case, both are completely valid. The actual intention of the author does not have to matter as long as you find meaning and a connection to their work. That is the most important part about writing, when someone connects with the scrambled letters that you have written down on a page and feels like another person out there in the world understands.
Hello. This is the first entry in what we hope will become our weekly “Wordsmith Wednesday” project.
Basic idea: share some words we like. Whether from a literary piece, song, speech, or any other medium, these words met us at some point and continue to move us or make us think.
Our inaugural post comes from Beck‘s song “I Get Lonesome” from his album One Foot in the Grave, released in 1994 on K Records.
The line reads:
“I stomp on the floor/
just to make a sound”
My connection to these ten words is deeply personal and multi-pronged, simultaneously reminding me of distinct people and points in time yet overlapping strangely in my psyche. A good friend once said of this record, “he does so much with so little.” Sometimes fewer words/notes translate into more feelings.