The Song Of The Littlest Birds

by Joanna on May 5, 2008

One of the things I enjoy about these monthly conversations is the way recurring themes and images emerge.  This month singing and songs have wound their way back into our understanding of powerful writing - and that’s inspired another song posting.

This one’s the Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas.  It was gifted to me by Captain Stardust on Twitter as a theme tune for a virtual road tour we were planning, but the song is so sweet and the lyrics so lovely it seemed like a good theme tune for powerful writing too.

It makes me think of Wendi Kelly’s words on having faith in your own voice, however small it might sound to you.  Of how much encouragement and support an online community (like my friends on Twitter) can offer you, and how much power that gives us (both in the giving and the taking).  Of the wandering blues (which begged me to go to Chicaco).  Of the people and places we carry with us, and how those memories work into our writing and give our words power.

How the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs.

Enjoy singing yours.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen Swim 05.05.08 at 2:12 pm

Joanna, I listened to the song tapping my foot and thinking of those little birds. Their songs are indeed beautiful and sweet. The littlest birds are like the littlest moments in our writing. It is often the small details, the description of a moment, or a feeling that has the greatest impact on our writing and our readers. Thank you Joanna for the lesson and the song. :-)

Joanna Young 05.05.08 at 9:30 pm

Karen, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I meet so many people who think their voice is too small and insignificant to be worth sharing, yet their contribution is so so sweet.

Joanna

captain stardust 05.06.08 at 4:20 pm

joanna, i am so glad that the song made as much of an impression on you as it did on me! there’s something magical in those words, isn’t there? and it’s wonderful that you are building additional magic here on top of them. the words we share and the connections we build with other people, in person and in forums like this and twitter, are other things we carry on the soles of our travelling shoes. and i think they are the sort of things that give us the support we need to keep travelling and exploring all the time.
=)

Joanna Young 05.06.08 at 5:23 pm

Captain Stardust, thank you again:

“the words we share and the connections we build with other people, in person and in forums like this and twitter, are other things we carry on the soles of our travelling shoes. and i think they are the sort of things that give us the support we need to keep travelling and exploring all the time”

Oh yes oh yes

Joanna

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