The same like I explained above, with the small experiment and the part about books you can do with music. Not all musicians are capable of writing lyrics like they write a book, but some do. And the lyrics of those musicians can bring so many ideas for you. For example Pink Floyd. Let’s take one song of them. The song ‘hey You’. I love this song and the way they sing it together with the lyrics it brings up many pictures in my head. I wanted to paste the text of the song below, I asked for approval, but never got an answer. So, instead of copying the text below, I will discuss some parts of the song here. If you would like to see the complete text, please google on this one 😉 And, because of copying parts of a song is also not allowed, I change it a little bit 😉
What you can try, just for fun, is reading only the part written in bold. Try to describe what you see when you read that. After that, you can read my text what i imagine when i hear the lyrics. Maybe good to first listen to the song 😉
In the beginning of the song they sing about somebody ‘standing in the cold, getting lonely and old’.
If I read this text I imagine of an old man or woman, standing in the rain naked in the middle of the road that disappears to the horizon. Facing her or his head down and the hands alongside the body
They sing about ‘not helping to bury a light’
Here I see again a rainy scene. Actually almost this complete song gives me a rainy feeling, but okay. I see a rainy scene in the forest where two people sitting on the ground carrying a light they want to put in a hole. You already see that they dig a hole and now the light they bury is already half way the hole. It’s dark and their faces are lighten by the light. On the back side of their body you see the rim light of the moon that shines between the dark clouds.
A bit further they sing about a person ‘sitting naked by the phone’
Well, here I see an arty image of a woman sitting naked next to a phone waiting for someone to call her. You see her from the front with her legs over each other. With her arms she is covering her breasts. Besides her you see an old small table with an old phone (from the beginning of the 20th century). She is staring at this phone with a kind of sad face.
After that ‘with your ear against a wall, waiting for somebody to call out’
Here I see a boy around 10 years old, with a cup placed against the wall trying to listen what is said in the other room. The wall is an old wall with some parts of the wallpaper already coming off. Also situated in the early years of last century.
After that the song is about ‘if somebody will help to carry a stone’
When I read this I imagine a man with dirty clothes sitting on a dirty road, while rain is falling. On his lap he has a big stone. A passenger is walking by. You see this passenger from the back. The man on the ground is raising his arm to him, asking to help.
‘It is only a fantasy, the wall to high’
Here I imagine a boy facing a huge wall. The camera is almost on the ground close to his feet pointing up. The boy looks tall this way, but the wall behind him even taller. He is just looking with his hands alongside his body.
And the last image ‘Breaking bottles in the hall’
In this scene I would just put a woman in a hall, throwing a bottle on the ground with glass scattering all around the scene. Not only on the ground but also in the air. She is angry and her face’s and body’s expression shows that good.
Well… these are just a few examples that popped up into my head when reading and listening to this song. Just follow the images that pop up into your head and try to give them shape. No matter if they fit with the song or not. In August I will try to give shape to all these examples above. We’ll see!