Tag Archive | music

Do you ENJOY language?

A question by one of my most beloved actors (and voices), Stephen Fry:

Do you?

Shh, she’s writing

..and then reading it. And then writing again.

If you feel that you could use some music to shut out from the outer world (and noises) and have some concentration, here you have a wonderful mix of instrumentals to help you. My favourite contemporary classic, Ludovico Einaudi:


Writingly yours,

Fake English

We talked about learning the language in order to speak properly and get understood (properly!). Yep, check.

What about learning the lyrics before singing a foreign-language song?

More than 12.500.000 views on youtube. You need to see this.

Valentina Hasan, a contestant in the second season of the Bulgarian show “Music Idol” performs Mariah Carey’s song “Without you” in fake English:

The reaction of Mariah Carey:

Come on, sing along.

Ken leeeeeee, ….

P.S.  Guess this other “American” song. Can you?

Create music with words

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen.

I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

Gary Provost, quoted in Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools


Commencing my Monday with (more than) five words,

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