If Music Be The Food


The name conjures up so much imagery and beauty. For actors, directors, and writers, the man is so often considered the single greatest writer of all time. Why? Consider this: It’s a rare artist that nearly anyone can quote.

To be or not to be.

My kingdom for a horse.

Now is the winter of our discontent.

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo.

Out damned spot.

Get thee to a nunnery.

There is, however, one quote that tingles the nerves of every artist. That quote is from Act 1, Scene 1, 1-3 of Twelfth Night. The character is Duke Orsino and the quote is:

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

It is from that quote that I designed this particular exorcise in which I have enlisted a group of writers to take on a bit of a twist to the Duke’s words. I call this, If Music Be The Food Of Inspiration. The idea is simple: I have gathered together a collection of writers to which I will share a piece of music that will serve as their inspiration for a piece of flash fiction. This bits of brilliance will be posted here (along with the inspiring song), for you to enjoy. Every two weeks the piece of music will change, to help inspire the authors to new heights or greater depths.

This event is open ended, so it will run as long as the food of love inspires. The first post will be live Wed, May 3rd. After that, expect flash pieces from the likes of:

  • Jay Wilburn
  • Jaime Johnesee
  • Lisa Lane
  • Sara Marian Deurell
  • Brent Abell
  • Todd Skaggs
  • Chad Clark
  • Trace Broyles
  • Suzi Madron
  • R.N. Drum
  • Marian Allen
  • Eden Royce
  • Jack Wallen

And with that, let us play on!