What moves you?

I heard an article on NPR about the death of a middle-eastern singer named Umm Kulthum. I’ve never heard of her before, at least not that I know of, but I found the reactions of her fans fascinating. They speak of being “transported” by her songs. They’d leave after a performance and not know where they were.

Does anything move you this much? Books do it for me – sometimes. Movies and music even more rarely. Maybe part of why I love research and writing so much is because THAT is what transports me.

I’ve had a character in the back of my mind for sometime and the late Ms. Kulthum may well help me to understand who my character is. I think I’ll go request some music from the library. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up in the land of my character’s birth. ;D




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4 Responses to “What moves you?”

  1. Janet Johnson says:

    Wow, interesting reaction to music. Reading transports me. My husband will attest. I struggle to get my head back in the real world when I'm in the middle of a good book.

  2. Victoria Dixon says:

    I'd say reading and writing transport me most, then movies and music.

  3. Lisa K. says:

    Certain books have had that effect on me, and sometimes music, particularly if I'm wearing earphones and can shut out the world while I'm listening.

  4. Victoria Dixon says:

    It's funny you bring the two together, Lisa. There are a few books (All the Weyrs of Pern is the one that comes immediately to mind) that I read with the radio playing in the background. The popular song at the time was "I've had the time of my life" and to this day, if I hear that song, I'm transported to the book as well. It's like reliving a memory because of smell.

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