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Spotify Word Genre

by Lindy

I’m not sure if you’re already familiar with Spotify or not. It is one of the numerous options available to listen to music – on your phone, PC, tablet. (It’s free with ads/paid for ad-free).

I’m always looking for the ideal channel to tune into on Spotify for just the right music to work and be productive. It’s hit or miss a lot of the time. You might like one song, but not the next 20. (But I’m too lazy to do a few extra clicks to change it up.)

Lately, I’ve discovered a random and interesting genre on Spotify called ‘Word’ (at the very bottom of the options under ‘Browse’). It is so intriguing… When trying to focus on work, you can’t really listen to and absorb it all, but it’s nice to have on in the background to take some of your mind off the mundane. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/genre/word.

Spotify Word

The Spotify Word playlists are eclectic and unique – poetry, speeches, stories, meditation, self help, foreign languages, vintage radio, children’s stories, presidential voices and more. They have specific writers featured in some playlists as well – Shakespeare, Bronte, Jane Austen, Noam Chomsky, Emily Dickinson… You can learn what you might have missed in high school English!

The voice actors can be varied, dramatic and entertaining. A few times I’ve tuned into the Shakespeare poetry playlist and got entranced in it. It’s nearly impossible to comprehend what is being said, but it transports you to another place in time. Then, at random, you start speaking in Old English to your colleagues.

I highly recommend exploring it for yourself. Play some for the children in your life for good measure. It’s truly a fun and passive learning experience.

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Interview with Kristian Matsson: Pushing Through Writer’s Block

by Lindy

Kristian Matsson is the Swedish folk musician behind The Tallest Man on Earth (TMOE). He has a Dylan-esque style, yet a very unique voice. We saw him perform in May of 2010 at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and he was more incredible live than I anticipated. He’s really a hidden gem, although he has millions of dedicated fans, like myself. His song 1904 is my alarm clock song Monday through Friday. Woot!

Ironically, he isn’t actually the tallest man on earth; he is really slight of build, yet mammoth on sound.

Here is a really awesome interview with Matsson discussing his music on his new album, There’s No Leaving Now and what inspires him from FaceCulture.tv.

What I found most interesting was his creative process and how he pushes through writer’s block. Here are some highlights from the interview:

I want that element of chaos in there. You know and things blending together. It’s hard to plan how to do that.

I just tried to write stupid 30 second songs recording whatever came to my mind. I had to do it.  It had to be two a day. It had to be a verse and a chorus.

I listened to it maybe three weeks later and like ‘Wait, this is it.’ I just did it so fast, and I kinda forgot about it. Then I picked it up and wrote the whole song like that. Three of those ideas ended up being like the best songs on this album. I have that all the time. It goes..I understand it now. You just have to keep working it. You have to put yourself into situations where inspiration can hit you. You know. So, I was not worried, I was just being a bit sick and tired of myself just not doing stuff. I just had to spend some time with what those songs were about. Some of those songs needed comments and they needed answers and stuff like that.  So I could finally do that with this album so I could just finish off some stuff. You know of course there is an element of relief because I mean to be honest sometimes you doubt yourself sometimes and stuff like that and you don’t know if it’s going to be a record. So of course you’re relieved like ‘Whoa it really worked! I did an album!’ – Kristian Matsson via FaceCulture.tv.

For those of us who love vinyl, #folkyeah!


Creative Content Creation Courtesy of Copyblogger

by Lindy

As you can see, I love alliteration almost as much as Dr. Suess, so it is fitting that I would title this post with a catchy one. Five C-words in succession – what a cute cadence!

Here is a resourceful infographic from Copyblogger to reference when you’ve got a writer’s block.

REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE! It’s not just great for the environment – it’s good for writing content too!

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content

Video: NaNoWriMo Tips and Tricks

by Lindy

As a newbie to NaNoWriMo, I am spending my ‘spare time’ looking for tips and tricks for hitting the 50,000 word goal. My first ever novel attempt falls under the Chick Lit genre, but is more of a Bridget Jones Diary than a Devil Wears Prada.

I’m mainly writing at night from 9:00 – midnight and I’m almost on target for the word count – maybe a day behind.  What I’ve discovered – the internet is my nemesis – it beckons me when I should be pounding out the words on the keyboard.

Hope these tips and tricks are helpful to all the other crazy NaNoWriMo participants!  It’s certainly good for comic relief.


Admiral House Poetry

by Lindy

You can find poetry anywhere.  Here are some photos from my recent trip to Long Beach, Washington for my grandma’s 90th birthday. The guestbook in our rental home, “The Admiral House,” had some very creative entries.

One in particular stood out.  On the left page of the guestbook, some angry kid wrote “I hate this day!” This prompted another philosophical entry on the right page by a budding poet. (Perhaps who’d been smoking too much bud?)

Admiral House Guestbook

Here was some whimsical art at the entrance of the rec room of the beach house to inspire creativity.

All beach houses need poetic wall art.

The natural beauty of Long Beach is enough to ignite the writer in anyone.

View from the Admiral House

Definitely NOT Long Beach, CA – not a soul in sight.

To see more beautiful imagery of the Long Beach Peninsula, check out these books:

 

I’m always a little homesick for Washington. Let’s write a poem about it, shall we? A Haiku would be fitting.

Submit your best Washington-inspired Haiku for judging in the comments section below.  Remember, a Haiku follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and is nature themed.  Submit your poem by midnight November 12th.  The winning poet will receive an autographed photo of Long Beach, WA and a personal letter drafted from my lovely typewriter, Beulah Hildegard Francis.

Update:

Our winner of the haiku contest is Hans Johannson from Fargo, North Dakota.  Hans, we’ll have that letter out to you right away.  Thank for your sharing your poetry with us.


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