I love the show, The Voice. Not only am I passionate about music, especially live music, (but that’s another whole post in itself) as a storyteller myself, I love to hear the stories of the artists coming to perform, in hopes of turning a chair. These artists inspire me, with their passion, their persistence, their dedication, what they’ve overcome, what they’ve sacrificed to follow their dreams.
As a writer, as a creative, it inspires me on many levels. It especially reinforces for me that as a writer, I’m also an artist. As such, I find common ground with the contestants on the show. Being a creative, in my opinion, is a tough business in any field. On the days I feel down, or feel like giving up, or feel overwhelmed and frustrated, I feel camaraderie with the contestants that lifts me up.
And don’t get me wrong, Pharell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are eye candy. Love Gwen too!
The judges themselves are inspiring – they’ve all worked hard to get where they are, and it’s easy to forget that. They weren’t always at the top, and they share that with the contestants often. They understand the value of hard work, and have weathered their share of disappointments.
As a human being, the people that support the contestants – family, friends, spouses, children, significant others – inspire me too. The contestants could not do what they do without their loyalty, their sacrifice. And that makes me grateful for my own cheering section, for I couldn’t do it without them either – and that includes my mom, my daughter, my boyfriend, my editor, my other writer pals who ‘get’ it, and my many friends who aren’t writers, but are willing to listen, and especially, my readers. You are awesome!
The show inspires me too, because music, by its very nature, brings people together, and fosters a sense of community. As a writer, I often gravitate toward this theme in my stories. All of us, writers, readers, people, I think, are seeking that sense of community – in my post about Fall, Food & Community, I share my thoughts on finding it through food.
So, as far as contestants are concerned, who are your faves? I have to say, Amy Vachal, the woman who sang Mama Cass’s ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had me at hello. I’d have picked her, based on her song choice alone!I’m a huge fan of the Mamas and the Papas and am of the mind that more blessed harmony has not been found, before or since.
Are you a fan of The Voice? How do you find a sense of community through music? Are you a creative? What story do you have to share?
Rebecca E. Neely is an author, lover of spoon rings, diners, the Steelers & great reads.