Last week I was interviewed by two amazing people, Lucas Pralle and Carolyn Decker who introduced me to their creative world. They have a podcast in Rhode Island, United States and teach creative writing.
For each podcast they interview a guest, and then have a 15 minute exercise where they invited me – and of course the listeners, to listen to a series of sounds in a sound track. From that we were encouraged to write a piece of writing – not music (!) And then share it. Both Lucas and Carolyn came up with the most amazing pieces of writing; inspired by a series of sounds. Interestingly, I approached the sounds as a ‘soundtrack’ or narrative of an experience. I don’t know if this is because I am very audio sensitive and could visualise what was happening!
Listen to the podcast, including the listening exercise: it is incredible.
I thought it was very interesting that although we listened to the same track, we all had different thoughts and created different pieces of writing from it. But the experience made me reflect on how our lives are filled with sound tracks, and I don’t mean our own curated soundtracks when we listen to music on our phones, but around us.