Music

The Bad Metaphor Mixtape

There's a lot to be said for the poetry of music. Many of the most evocative, inspiring metaphors have come out of songs, and prose writers often seek that "musical" quality in their own writing. But sometimes, it seems like music is taking things a bit too far with the metaphors, getting away with imagery… Continue reading The Bad Metaphor Mixtape

Music, Personal Story

Song Lyrics I Severely Misunderstood

Music is so ubiquitous in modern culture that we almost seem to absorb it more than we hear it sometimes, taking its tune and feeling and meaning to heart without ever paying very close attention. I know this has happened to me when I suddenly catch myself singing along to a song I didn't know… Continue reading Song Lyrics I Severely Misunderstood

Music

Self-Defeating Lyrics

Like most people, I spend the vast majority of my time in public spaces with headphones plugged into my ears, listening to whatever music has caught my fancy most recently. Unlike some members of my family, however, I can't not listen to lyrics. The lyrics are the first thing I notice in a song, and… Continue reading Self-Defeating Lyrics

Personal Story, Writing

The Car Stereo Game

Yellow! (It rhymes with hello--get it?) Tomorrow is my little brother's 21st birthday. My little brother is pretty great as little brothers go, and I like him well enough, so his pending birthday has me remembering funny shit that happened when we were little. Remembering it made me want to write about it, so I… Continue reading The Car Stereo Game

Music, Rant

Song Messages That Need to Stop

Have you ever noticed how songs seem to always be about the same things? There are exceptions, of course--there's only one Thrift Shop or Red Solo Cup--but for the most part, songs are written along the same basic lines. I do not have a problem with this. Generally, what popular music lacks in creativity it makes up… Continue reading Song Messages That Need to Stop

Characters, Habits, Music

Writing Habits

Hey, kids. I have a question. I want to know if I'm alone in this: Do you make playlists for your characters? I mean, I know that lots of people have playlists for specific stories, and almost everyone listens to music of some sort while they're writing (let me know if you don't!), but how… Continue reading Writing Habits