This is something that’s been playing on my mind and there seems to be no place to say it and no journal to scribble it down and actually let out the tangled thoughts that have developed.
Words are important in life. Important as they explain, they express, and people can relate to them in all the different sentences they make up, and all the different combinations in which they are strung together. This came up in a conversation I shared with someone lovely earlier in the week, and this is why truly good songwriting is amazing. Amazing in the sense that it’s not only beautiful but so many people can relate to it, even if they relate to something entirely different than what was intended by the songwriter.
But words can lie. People can hide behind words and say all the right things that make you believe something that is in fact a half truth. And sometimes, people don’t say anything at all, and don’t form the words that need to be said when they should be. Therefore words are powerful, and beautiful and corrupt all at once. So should actions be taken in to consideration more?
Actions though can be just as powerful. Sometimes actions actually express someones true nature even if in it’s ugliest and most hurtful form. But then other actions can completely contradict this and one is left unsure of what is true and what is not. The actions that show how much love and care is there for someone. Does a photograph in a wallet make up for those other actions that have stung?
I still want to treasure the words of Hemingway and Woolf, and Shakespeare. Of Orwell and Austin, of John Mayer, Cummings, Alex Turner and Rob Ryan. All these beautifully formed and joined words of writers that influence, can they be believed or rather just appreciated than held in such high regard.
And if actions are just as severe as words, then should this be accepted and it understood that relationships will be affected from there on in. There’s only so many times that you can say I love you.
Maybe the truth is that this can’t be said to the person that needs to hear it.
Sometimes you have to amplify those emotions… that source of material is so rich and intense, that month would give you enough material for five years. But working day to day you have to dig deeper than that. You have to imagine what other people are feeling and look at people.
—Rob Ryan, Magma Books interview, 2007