Jack Savoretti is an Italian-English singer songwriter that floods my YouTube playlists on a daily basis. While music is essential to my writing process, I thought I’d include a short post on the appeal and obvious benefits music can have on writers in general. Sometimes we come across a really beautiful story told to us by an inventive storyteller. He/she is able to evoke emotions, make us think, consider, act. Music, like purely written fiction, has this ability to move us. Jack Savoretti started off as a poet but turned to songwriting when he discovered his words had a more powerful resonance through a different artistic vehicle. He continues to paint poetic visions, but through a musical form.
Jack Savoretti is a classic example of someone who utilizes the ancient tradition of oral storytelling, made more poignant by his acoustic sessions which claim the intimacy inherent in this timeless method of cultural exchange. The oral storyteller imparts a piece of himself and we as the audience or story-catchers receive it…allowing the story to work upon us according to our own experiences and knowledge. It is a reciprocal relationship. Much like the one we have when we read a text. The writer (storyteller) presents readers (story-catchers) with a story (fictitious or not), which we collect and use according to our needs. We may discard it, or we may hold on to it for dear life.
As writers and readers therefore, we are constantly weaving and being woven around words. Words are man made constructions to convey our feelings, thoughts and needs. Words join us to our fellow men and women. Our stories become essential components to our personal survival and that of the species. Without it, we lose much of ourselves. We become lost in a sea of mute faces. Unable to express all those things hidden inside ourselves.
So whether you’re a songwriter, a blogger or a serious writer… you are tapping into a human disposition towards survival. Your words and stories could be saving you through catharsis, or they could be saving someone else out there who just happens to catch them.
Write. Express yourself. And add to this human existence.
I’ve included a video of Jack Savoretti’s acoustic performance of his song ‘The Other Side of Love’. I particularly love the way he explores universal truths and lets it linger on your mind, one strum at a time.
As seen on the YouTube channel 3ème Gauche
How do you tell your story? Let me know in the comments section 🙂
Featured image found on the website Pop Matters .