Photo by Katie of A Virginia Writer’s Diary
Five years ago, Rhonda of Pollyanna’s Path (whose blog I still read and enjoy) nominated me for a blogger award. These days I leave such awards to newer bloggers, but I found it interesting looking back at Rhonda’s “tracing the way that led to you” questions:
What would be the first three songs in the soundtrack of your life?
My own compositions. I started writing songs when I was 13, so they have indeed formed a soundtrack for my life (along with the Beatles, Gershwin, and many others). My first song, “Sweet Marie,” had a melody stolen from an old music box. To that tune, I wrote the words, “We never speak of Sweet Marie, we shan’t ever use that name. We never speak of Sweet Marie, she’s not as sweet as she used to be.” Yes, I was trying to be precocious. Still am, I guess.
When I was in high school, my friend Marc and I wrote a tune entitled “Thursday Song.” The chorus–“Run and seize the day, chase the night away, everything’s all right, I feel happy in the morning light”–captured my idealism then. It still does. Even though I had a recurring nightmare at the time, I always woke up hopeful.
The song “Impossible Love” is featured prominently in my motion picture Healing River. I loaned it, if you will, to a troubled teenage runaway in the film, but it also captures my own deepest longings: “I need You to light up these dark, lonely halls, need to know You know my innermost walls, need You to live where I’ve wandered alone, need You to make my heart into Your home.”
What movie has not yet been made that you’d love to see?
Duh, I’m a filmmaker, so it would be one of mine. One screenplay I’d love to shoot is a comedic fantasy about a confused young man whose body is “invaded” by a race of microscopic aliens. Not the least bit scary, in fact oddly adorable, they help him find the way to his true self.
What books have most inspired your writing or life?
The Bible. Nothing else comes close. Some runners up off the top of my head: Everything by C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton, Underhill’s Mysticism, Merton’s Seven Story Mountain, Cry the Beloved Country, Ellison’s Invisible Man, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wright’s Native Son, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Flowers for Algernon, The Once and Future King, I Am Legend, Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Slaughterhouse Five, Watership Down… These (and others) have helped shape both my imagination and my humanity.
What was your favorite age and why?
The age I am now. Creaky body parts notwithstanding, I’m more me than ever before. Of course, tomorrow I’ll be still more me-ish, so I suppose my favorite age is…
The age to come.