I recently realized that certain songs tend to get me in the mood–to write, that is. I decided to keep a list of these inspiring, creativity-inducing songs, and noticed a particular pattern: It seems I am most inspired by songs that include piano, and/or by mellow melodies rich with melancholy, and/or by heartbreaking lyrics I wish I had written myself. Here is my ever-lengthening Writing Playlist:
- Fine Frenzy, “Almost Lover”
- Coldplay, “The Scientist”
- Gary Jules, “Mad World”
- The entire soundtrack to the film Dances with Wolves
- Counting Crows, “Colorblind”
- Bob Dylan, “Boots of Spanish Leather”
- Adele, “Someone Like You”
- Ben Folds, “Fred Jones Part 2”
- Evanescence, “My Immortal”
- Rhett Miller, “Come Around”
- Straylight Run, “Existentialism on Prom Night”
- Dashboard Confessional, “So Long Sweet Summer”
What kind of music awakens your muse?
I happened across the word “kalopsia” while browsing Facebook a few weeks ago. Someone had posted a status update about a graphic dictionary, and “kalopsia” was among the words included. Said graphic dictionary defines the word as:
“delusion of things being more beautiful than they are.”
When I looked the word up on dictionary.com, I got a list of words I might have meant instead. When I checked on merriam-webster.com, the same thing happened, along with this message:
“The word you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary.”
In a third attempt to learn a little more about this apparently obscure word I was starting to think might not even be real, I simply googled it. While it is absent from dictionary.com and merriam-webster.com, “kalopsia” does appear in the Urban Dictionary. There, its definitions include “condition wherein things appear more beautiful than they are” and “believing that everything that you do not have is better than what you do have,” among references to a death metal band out of New Jersey.
In addition, “Kalopsia” is the title of a song by rock band Queens of the Stone Age. As it turns out, Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys agrees with the definitions I found on Urban Dictionary. He is quoted as telling Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age: “it’s a condition wherein everything seems more beautiful than it actually is.”
So, there you have it. Decide for yourself. Is “kalopsia” a real word, or isn’t it? Either way, you have been linguistically empowered. Go forth with your new word (or not, if you’ve conclude it’s actually not a word).
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