Lyrical Silence: The Art of Composing Meets Physics 101

When composing music it’s a bit tricky to master what I call Lyrical Silence. It’s difficult to write musical notes, paying attention to melody, harmony, timing, crescendos, codas, and all of the other tricky musical acrobatics that go along with putting sound to lyrics, while silencing the urge to put the next inspirational thought that hits you down into lyrical form.

Oddly enough, Physics First Law of Inertia comes into play here. It states, “A body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion stays in motion, unless acted on by an external force; inertia is the direct result.

What does this have to do with music you may ask? Everything! If your mind is on poetry and lyrical inspiration or if you have a song stuck in your head, you won’t be able to put in the necessary amount of attention needed to write your musical composition.

I personally recommend a good set of noise-canceling earphones, a distraction-free zone, your instrument of choice, blank musical sheets and a pencil. A little meditation and complete attention to writing should bring about Lyrical Silence. If not, I’d recommend trying again later.

I’ve found it helpful to carry a digital recorder with me everywhere I go to hum musical stanzas if inspiration hits when I’m running around doing my thing. (Often times getting out of the studio brings about more ideas than concentrating too hard on the task at hand.)

So, for the time being, I am trying to stay in a state of Lyrical Silence until I’m finished composing what is currently just words!

I hope this helps you when you get stuck, whether writing music or anything else! Be sure that your “body” (mind, heart, soul, etc.) stays at rest! 🎶🎶

Source: Boundless. “The First Law: Inertia.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 14 Nov. 2014. Retrieved 30 Jan. 2015 from


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