A-Z Blogger Challenge: W

Writing

I write all the time. I’m always scribbling away at something or other. Trouble is I’m not a very good writer. Sometimes I’ll have a flash of genius and be really proud of what’s popped out but for the majority of the time I am a below average writer. I’ll never make a career of this but I enjoy writing and performing so much that I’m gonna keep doing it.

The April writing challenges have really brought things into focus for me. Having to post everyday on a specific topic has been tough going. I didn’t have time to properly think though what I wanted to say so for the most part these A-Z Blogs and the NaPoWriMo posts have been very weak. I know the point of them is not to create perfect posts but to generate pieces that you can work on at a later date.

In the past I’ve had a specific way of working when creating pieces. When performing with Scream Blue Murmur we all tried to tie our work together under a general theme. This gave the work overall focus and also gave us as writers something to research. I’ve done some of the hardest work during those years and created pieces that I’m immensely proud of.

I like to challenge myself and also challenge those that are going to be watching the show. One of the most controversial pieces for me was my version of Strange Fruit. I’d heard the classic versions and while they are amazing in their own right, none of them was ‘doing it’ for me. I knew the history of the song: it was originally written as a poem by a teacher who had been so affected by the lynchings and I felt that I would like to bring it back as poem. But then I also thought I wanted to modernise it to show that the issues of racism and hatred still hadn’t gone away. I added a second verse. I messed about with Garageband and created a beat that I thought was gritty and awful enough to convey what I wanted. We then added a sung loop to break it up. I was happy with the final version. When we performed it at several fringe shows I had created a video feed to go along with it. It was a great conversation starter. So many audience members came up and commented on it. Some said it gave them shivers, some tears, some questioned how a little white girl could dare talk about such a sensitive issue from a bygone time but the important thing was that people talked. It raised an issue and for that I was very proud.

Still I wasn’t a hundred percent happy. I knew the track was good. I knew it was powerful but I knew that being played in a theatre wouldn’t give me the audience reaction I wanted. It needed to be festival tested. We were lucky enough to perform at Electric Picnic that summer. The stage was a cool looking glass box in a good area. Our first gig was in the evening. The sun had set, the sculptures in the arena were lit up with twinkling lights and we were ready to rock. When I looked out over the crowd during Strange Fruit and saw them grooving and dancing it made me so happy I almost cried. This was the reaction I wanted. Sure, I knew we weren’t gonna have any life changing talks at the end of it. No one was going to talk about the poetics or the politics but on a tribal level people were reacting in a way that I always knew they could. I knew that I could reach people on a base level and it reaffirmed for me the sheer power of music.

Have a listen to the track and let me know what you think:

A-Z Blogger Challenge: U

Urban Dictionary

Oh my God I cannot explain how much love I have for the Urban Dictionary.

I’ve read some epic explanations and 9 out of 10 times I visit end with tears rolling down my face.

Some prime examples:

TUBECEPTION

The process of (often aimlessly) browsing YouTube videos via the suggested/related videos that are provided on the YouTube sidebar or at the conclusion of a viewed YouTube clip.

Refers to the concept of the “dream, within a dream, within a dream” from the movie Inception; except users are experiencing a video, within a video, within a video.

Can often be a great way of finding obscure and random YouTube content that usually ends up being a world away from the initial search.

“Dude, I found this hilarious video of a kid falling off a see-saw”

“Yeah, how’d you get to that?”

“Tubeception, man: I started on a Slayer video, then just clicked away until I ended up at see-saw kid!”

“I was so bored at home, I ended up having a Tubeception session and realised how many damn cats are on here!”

BOYTOX

When a woman gives up dating / cavorting with the opposite sex for a temporary period in an attempt to enhance her overall well-being, including her mental health and her physical appearance. As a result, she may glow or look younger from lack of frowning and crying as if she had a Botox injection.

“Ever since she went on that boytox, she’s seemed so happy. Positively glowing!”

“I hit rock bottom after three failed relationships. I put myself on a boytox in order to reset my love karma.”

“That boytox did wonders for her mental health.”

PEPPERAZZI

Foodie who obsessively insists on snapping photos of everything they eat and of every other dish at the table.

The pepperazzi are stalking each other’s dishes at that table over there.

HIPSTERCRITE

Someone who claims not to be a hipster, mocks others for being hipsters, but is in fact themselves a hipster. This usually applies to all hipsters as it a very rare hipster indeed that will admit to being a hipster.

After Bob rolled his eyes at the entire menagerie of kids at the bar, he then proceeded to order a PBR, thus confirming my suspicion that he is a total hipstercrite.

I could go on and on but I reckon it’s best if y’all just dive in and get lost yourself. Enjoy. http://www.urbandictionary.com