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Writers, Singers and Musicians

Something that has long been a curiosity of mine is how so many writers are also either musicians or singers. Writing is a talent. Playing a musical instrument is also a talent, as is singing. 

It is also true that most people who sing or play musical instruments are quite often of the belief that they aren’t nearly as good at it as they really are. This is also true of writers and writing. When writing, we are only using 10% of normal face-to-face communication. Other people can’t hear our voice inflection or see our body language and facial expressions. That accounts for 90% of our daily in-person communication, though most of us aren’t aware of it, consciously.

The reason I mentioned that is this. If you can write something that other people can clearly understand, you are a good writer, whether you know it or not. Many people can’t do it.

Likewise, if you can sing or play a musical instrument, you are doing something that a huge number of people cannot do. It doesn’t make any difference if you are ready to do it in a concert or not. 

I should explain that I’ve been writing since 1962. I also sing and play the piano, guitar, organ, keyboard, autoharp, trumpet, accordion, and sax. I don’t feel that I do any of this particularly well, but there are plenty of people who disagree with me. 

This leads to the questions and the assumption is being made that everyone who answers also writes here, so you are all writers.

  • Do you sing?

    • Yes, I sing good, with practice
    • Yes, but I don’t sing all that well
    • No, I can’t sing, or can only sing in the shower
  • Do you play any musical instruments?

    • Yes, I play two or more instruments
    • Yes, I play one musical instrument
    • No, I can’t play
    • I’m tone deaf
    • I can play, but only by ear. I can’t read music.

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. Though some people may be more talented, I think we can still learn how to sing or play any instrument by practicing. I learned piano when I was young. I am not at all good at playing piano, but when I practice more, I think I can at least play a bit better.

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