I was hunting the web-o-sphere looking for 30 day writing challenges and came across 30 Days of music by tumblr blogger SadisticYellowBird.
30 Days of Music: A Writing Challenge
Rules: For each day, post a piece of writing (short story, poem, etc.) based on a song. In essence, write a story around the feelings/ memories the song evokes, based on the songs concept, or around a line of lyric (if applicable) that really resonates within. For every post, link a YouTube video of the song before the writing.
The list of music given spanned many genres and so it intrigued me. I love discovering new to me music and I had never blogged for 30 days in a row. So here we go, Day 1.
“It was lifelike. It was over me. It was so low. It was so heavy.”
You were an unexpected storm, forceful and destructive.
I had no time to prepare for the damage left behind.
Your clouds and your power although they were seductive,
had fear and misery made in their design.
You were gone as quickly as you arrived,
gone to another unsuspecting fool.
Despite it all the best parts of me survived.
your deception and lesson are now my fuel.
I decided today I’d do a more upbeat love song “Can’t take my eyes off of you” by Lauryn Hill. It’s a cover of the 1967 Frank Valli song, but to be honest I didn’t realize it was a cover until years after I heard the Hill version, to me it’s always been Hill’s song. What I love about this song is the joyful beat and the sweet lyrics to it. I imagine a newly in love man or woman dancing to this song.
You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch, oh, I wanna hold you so much
At long last love has arrived and I thank God I’m alive
You’re just too good to be true, I can’t take my eyes off of you
This song makes me smile every time I hear it. I just want to dance and twirl as if I was in love. Take a listen, I hope this song brightens your day the way it does mine.
This weeks song is a cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “How will I know”. Sam Smith takes on the song and does something unexpected with it. The original is a dance track but Smith takes it and slows it down into a ballad. If you didn’t know how the original went you’d think that it was his song. Smith gives the song new life, slowed down you can actually focus on the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song! I wonder if it was meant to be a ballad when it was originally written. As I much as I adore Whitney, I got to say that I like Sam Smith’s version better. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for a slow, stripped down love song. The video is a live performance of the song for a radio station. I believe this is his first performance of the song. Enjoy!
This weeks song is my first country music post. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of country music. But I have to admit that country music has some of the most beautiful lyrics. In this weeks song “I need you” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw the lyrics aren’t especially amazing but they’re perfect for a great love song in my opinion, they’re simple and sincere. The song is mostly metaphors of things that go together or need each other, and that’s how they need each over. The video is also simple and sincere. Faith and Tim are sitting in a candlelit room singing while looking into each others eyes. I just swoon everytime I see it. So here’s the video, hope it pulls at your heart strings the way it does for me.
Today’s song is actually a cover of a classic. “Lovesong” by Adele, the original is by the English rock band The Cure. Don’t get me wrong the original captured me the moment I heard it, but Adele brings a jazzy/bluesy element to it that makes it easier to dance to. This would be a very good first dance song at a wedding. It’s so sensual who wouldn’t want to hold someone close while listening to it. Now whether you prefer the original or the covers the lyrics are still the same. With every line the singer is describing how much better he is whenever he is with this person. He’s fun ,clean, whole, free, and young. And then he promises that no matter what happens between them he will always love that person. Check out this great lyric video and let Adele whisk you away.
This weeks song is not a love song in the typical way. Its actually quite somber and sad. The song is Landfill by Daughter. I first heard this song on an indie music station maybe a year ago. I was pulled in by the slow drums in the beginning then the guitar creeps in along with the lead singers haunting voice. In my interpretation the song is about loving someone who does not want you. So you love them and yet you hate them at the same time because they’re breaking your heart. Throughout the verses the singer sings of all the horrible things this person could do to her like throw her in a landfill, or leave her in the rain. But she says don’t try to show any remorse because this is what you wanted. This song shows how the line between love and hate can become blurred.
“Throw me in a landfill
Don’t think about the consequences
Throw me in the dirt pit
Don’t think about the choices that you make”
“Well this is torturous electricity
Between both of us and this is
Dangerous, ’cause I want you so much
But I hate your guts. I hate you.”
At the suggestion of blogging 101 I have decided to start a feature on my blog. A feature is basically a reoccurring posts that are about the same topic. I pondered this for a long time. I figured my feature should be on something that I could talk about at length. Well there’s a few topics I could do that with. One would be the goodness of God, second would be music. I absolutely love music, but who doesn’t right? To be more specific I love lyrics especially the lyrics of love songs. I’m a romantic, can’t help it. Also I’m a writer so I love words. Most of the time if a song is a favorite of mine it’s because the lyrics spoke to me in some way. Either I’ve experienced what the lyrics are saying or it’s just so beautifully expressed that I want to experience it. Hence the love song of the week. I promise I won’t post anything too cheesy, I like raw emotion, love isn’t always pretty. I want to hear about everything from the break up to the make up and all that’s in between.
My first song is probably my favorite song ever. It’s called “Crystal” by Stevie Nicks. I love Stevie, I love her whole hippie vibe and of course her unique voice. I don’t believe there’s anyone who sounds quite like her. I first heard this song about 17 years ago on the soundtrack of the Sandra Bullock movie “Practical Magic.” Good chick flick if you haven’t seen it. I rediscovered the song some years later and I just fell in love with it. The lyrics described a situation I want to be in someday, which is finding love. The song uses a metaphor of water to describe how love has found her at last. She sings next of how she just “knew” that this love was the real thing. This song isn’t well known so it’s almost like she wrote it just for me. So here’s the video for this song. Let Stevie’s voice take you away.