Compared to composing a song on the piano, composing words on a page is challenging - like an oil painting I hardly ever get right the first time. I have to keep scraping the layers off and starting over again. But with the piano, music, melodies, and feelings simply fall from my fingers. I don't even really have to think - the music comes out from somewhere deep inside me, and just flows.
Writing is not like that. When I write I really have to think hard about each word. I often wonder if I'm really expressing what I want to say - and if I'm really writing what I feel at all. I can put together pretty phrases, interesting twists of similes and metaphors, but I find it challenging to just write what I feel. My emotions flow out so easily through my fingers on the piano keys, so why can't they flow just as easily through my fingers on computer keys? It's a mystery, to me at least.
This is kind of ironic, but I wrote a poem about this very thing. The ironic thing is that it doesn't really express my thoughts very well - perhaps I'd do better composing a song about it. :P But anyway, here it is, for your enjoyment:
I can describe a scene,
Paint a vivid picture
With colorful descriptions
So that a movie screen
Flashes before your mind.
But with music notes
I can evoke a feeling,
Onto your very heart
So that you experience the intensity
Of another’s passion.
(copyright Melody 2010)
I've found this is the easiest way of expressing my heart. But what about you? What is the medium by which you catch your heart's overflow and share it with others?