How I Write Songs

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I had a burst of song inspiration last night, so I just let it flow onto paper. Okay, that makes song writing sound so easy, but for it to flow like it did is actually a rare event for me which happens maybe once every two or three months. 😆 Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you some of the lyrics that I wrote to give you a glimpse of how I write songs.

Usually how I start out writing a song is by writing down anything that comes to mind. It’s kind of like a vent for me or a rant. Similar to when I write in my diary. I just fill pages in a tiny notebook with my thoughts. At the time it’s usually all over the place, but it makes more sense when I’ve captured it on the page at least. That’s when I unscramble the words and add a melody to it.

I’ve never shared any of the songs that I’ve written on this blog, and I’m not ready to. I don’t know if I ever will either. But strangely enough, I don’t have any reservations about sharing this with you. Maybe because it feels more poetic than usual and not just a jumble of words. And also because I don’t have to sing it to you, which makes it less embarrassing. 😉

But here it is anyway. I haven’t edited it yet, so it’s a little patchy, but aren’t all first drafts? 😛 Also, I’ll leave it up to your interpretation. Sometimes I think it’s better if the lyrics aren’t explained because it can have a different significance to each person. 💙

 

I wished to go back to this place that once shone and sparkled.

It was the place I felt the most at home.

But that was very long ago.

Now that I’m back everything has changed so completely.

What once felt bold and grand looks old and frail,

Like it could be ground into sand.

What once felt strong and sweet

Now looks rotting and weak.

Has this place really changed that much?

Or has my vision changed?

 

I’ve wanted to return here ever since I left.

But now that I’m back I wonder if this was a terrible mistake.

I thought coming back was the best thing.

But now when I think of this time

The memory will be sullied with what I’m seeing now.

Is it better to always wonder

Or to see it in a different light?

I don’t want either of these things,

But they are things I can’t change now.

 

I can stand where I once stood,

But it’s not the same place, not really.

Because you’re not here with me.

It’s a different time.

Does it really count as the same place

If it’s without you?

It was a moment.

No one can recreate it.

I can try, but I’m only seeing a different moment.

 

Maybe I had it all wrong.

All this time I tried to find my way back to this place.

But there’s no going back, not really.

Maybe all this time I should have been focusing on new moments.

I thought I didn’t like where I am now in life.

But in ten years’ time, maybe I’ll think fondly of this place.

 

It wasn’t about what I thought it was all along.

So I guess I’ll find a new moment.

I feel like the moment that I treasured and wanted to return to

Is somewhat spoilt by my visiting this place.

But I’ll try hard to keep the memory intact.

Because that’s what matters really in the end.

 

Okay, I know I said I’ll leave it up to your interpretation, but I just want to clarify that I am happy where I am in life at the moment. Some of this is drawn from my current thoughts, and some of this from my previous experiences. Just wanted to clarify that, haha. 🙃

 

What kind of things do you like to write? If you write songs, what is your process?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ April 2019

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Music Update #2 ~ April 1

Try New Things Challenge ~ April 8

Leaving (Bailey Flanigan #1) by Karen Kingsbury ~ April 15

Paddington 2 ~ April 22

 

~ Other Writing ~

Diary ~ 10 pages written (and over a week behind 😅)

Songs ~ So it’s a little messy, but I wrote half a song, a couple verses of another song and the start of a third song! I didn’t actually complete one, but I’ve had a flourish of inspiration so I’m just going with it. 😂

Short stories ~ I wrote my first mad lib the other day which I posted on Amino and it was a hit. I had so much fun making it and I’ll definitely be making more. 😀

 

~ Writing Goals for May ~

I’d like to write more mad libs and maybe make one to share on this blog? I’m not sure yet. 🤗

 

What have you been writing lately?

Paddington 2

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.

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~ My review ~

I thought Paddington was an exceptional movie, and, being one of my all-time favourite movies, I never imagined that I would like its sequel even better still! 😱 Honestly, the Paddington movies are so heartwarming and comforting that it’s almost like receiving a bear hug from Paddington himself! 💙

What I thought was especially great about it was that they didn’t try to recreate the first movie. That can be the downfall of a lot of sequels that try to bring back the success of the first. But instead of reusing jokes or the story-line it feels like its completely own thing. ☺️

The animation in this one is as amazing as ever. Paddington goes through a whole host of emotions with just the slightest movements animated on his face. The detail is so great that it looks like motion-capture was used, rather than computer animation!

It’s the perfect family movie as it’s just so wholesome and enjoyable for children, yet that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable for adults. The Paddington movies have found their way into my all-time favourite movies list—which is not very long btw! 😍

1) Did this movie inspire me?

Paddington’s always learning some valuable lesson. It was a little.

2) Was this movie humorous?

A lot!

3) Did this movie make me cry?

Not quite, however there was a moment where the animators mastered such emotion on Paddington’s face and a tear rolled down his face when my eyes misted over! :’)

4) Would I rewatch this movie?

Yes! Both Paddington movies are films that I would gladly watch again and again.

5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?

Yes.

 

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

Have you seen this movie? Did you grow up with Paddington?

Leaving (Bailey Flanigan #1) by Karen Kingsbury

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She’s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions highlight the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series that features members of the popular Baxter family and finally completes the Bailey Flanigan/Cody Coleman story.

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My review:

I had two reasons for reading this book. Firstly, when I first discovered Karen’s books and she became a favourite author of mine, I determined that I wanted to read as much of her work as possible. Secondly, I’d just finished reading the Above the Line series which was a bit of a prelude to this series. I was excited to follow Bailey’s character into a series of her own. And thirdly, I’d had my eye on this book for a while simply because of the cover. 😂 Take another look at it… Isn’t it so pretty? I was drawn to it! 😉

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it that much. It wasn’t from lack of want. I was all excited for this book. But even as I continued reading it and willing it to get better, I just could not deny how much this book disappointed me. 😦

I usually love Karen’s style of switching between different characters’ POV’s. It usually gives her books a well-rounded perspective. All the stories join up. In Leaving, however, the POV of one character, Ashley Baxter, did not correspond at all with Bailey’s story except for them having a similar theme of growing up and change. If felt out of place. Maybe if Ashley’s story had linked up with Bailey’s at the end and given it a greater significance, I would have liked it more. Instead, it felt like I was switching between two different books entirely.

The biggest issue I have with this book is how unrealistic it felt. I loved Bailey’s story in the Above the Line series and sure, sometimes some pretty far-out things would happen, but I was always able to relate to the story. I feel like in this book it is almost like reading about a different character altogether. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but a few too many things happened to Bailey that were just too good to be true and I couldn’t take it seriously anymore. 😞 It almost seems that Bailey gets anything she wants with very little, if any, trials or rejection. It just isn’t realistic. I no longer felt connected to the protagonist.

That being said, I do plan to read the rest of the series. I’m still curious as to how her story will pan out and I guess a part of me still wants to be able to reconnect with her character.

So yes, I’m sad to be rating this so low, but I feel like I can’t justify any other rating. That cover though… 😜

1) Did this book inspire me?

No.

2) Was this book humorous?

There were a few feel-good parts that made me smile, but nothing particularly funny.

3) Did this book make me cry?

Yes! In fact, I cried continuously throughout the final chapter! It was not so much the story as it was how I could relate to the theme of leaving home, as I am about Bailey’s age and throughout that chapter I guess it just hit home for me—though I have not yet left home—what it must be like to say goodbye to my family. This may have even affected my rating to be a little higher than it would have been!

4) Would I reread this book?

No.

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

I would definitely recommend the Above the Line series way before I mentioned this series. I’d probably leave it at that and see if my friend enjoyed it and wanted to branch out to Bailey’s series.

 

My rating: 2 out of 5

 

Have you followed Bailey’s character in any Karen Kingsbury books before?

Try New Things Challenge

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What are some things that you haven’t tried before?

The past month has been one full of new experiences for me. I’ve been trying out things I never thought I would and subsequently, I’m discovering new things that I love! 😃

It all started when I was watching dancing videos on YouTube. I caught myself thinking, ‘Wow, I wish I was good at dancing.’ That’s not new for me; I’ve always enjoyed watching people dance well, but it was only then that it dawned on me what I was saying to myself.

So just because I’m not an amazing dancer, I can’t dance at all? Who’s to say that with practice I can’t become a decent dancer at least? I knew at that moment that I had to give it a shot.

Think about your favourite things to do. Think about your greatest talents. What if you’d never given them a try in the first place? You would never know how much enjoyment they could bring you! 🙌

I wasn’t exactly sure what to post today, but I knew I wanted to encourage you to try something new. I challenge you to try at least one new thing in the next month. Don’t rule out the things you think you will never be able to do. Give it a chance. If you don’t take to it, or you don’t end up liking it, that’s absolutely fine. You have nothing to lose by just trying. 😘

You may have to work harder than others to become good at something, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it! In the past couple weeks, dancing hasn’t come naturally to me, but I can do it. I’m having so much fun with it, and that’s what’s most important!

If you decide to take up the challenge, please let me know how it goes! 🤗

 

What are some things you enjoy doing? Have you tried anything new lately?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ March 2019

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins ~ March 5

Priceless ~ March 11

Spam Comments #1 ~ March 18

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin ~ March 25

 

~ Other Writing ~

Diary ~ 32 pages written

Songs ~ I’ve been working on that hip-hop song I’ve been meaning to write! I mean, I think it’s hip-hop? It’s a bit of pop too, but it’s got a bit of rapping in it. It’s my first time rapping, so I don’t know if I’m any good at it yet, but it’s still a work in progress. 😉

 

~ Writing Goals for April ~

I’d like to continue focusing on writing songs, particularly branching into new genres to see if I like them. 🙂 (You can probably tell that song writing is what I’ve been leaning towards more lately anyway.)

 

What have you been writing lately?

Music Update #2

It’s time to round up my current favourite songs once again. I’ve been loving music so much lately! It’s always a hard task to narrow it down to just 10 songs, but here we go. 😄

 

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~ 10 ~

There for You by Matrix Garrix (feat. Troye Sivan) — I really like the sound of this song as well as the theme.

 

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~ 9 ~

Euphoria by BTS — So I discovered BTS for the first time last week… They’ve quickly become one of my favourite artists. Let’s just say it was difficult even to limit even four BTS songs to this list. 😂

 

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~ 8 ~

i’m so tired by Lauv & Troye Sivan — What can I say? I love the style and simplicity of this song. I also like the lyrics because whilst I have nothing against love songs, there sure are a lot of them! 🙄

 

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~ 7 ~

Oh Lord by NF — How powerful is this song?! The lyrics really speak to me every time. 🙌

 

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~ 6 ~

Sucker by Jonas Brothers — I never really listened to The Jonas Brothers back in the day, but I’m sure glad they released this song! I can listen to this over and over and still feel like it isn’t enough. Also, it makes me wish I could whistle. 😑

 

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~ 5 ~

The Truth Untold by BTS (feat. Steve Aoki) — I haven’t heard this many times yet, but it’s quickly become a favourite! I would just love to learn this on piano and do a cover of it. 😃

 

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~ 4 ~

Too Late For Love by John Lundvik — I really like this song! Also, it’s very suited to my vocal range which always makes it fun to sing along to. 😊

 

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~ 3 ~

Spring Day by BTS — I first heard this song when I watched the music video, so I had the English subtitles on. I find the lyrics so beautiful yet sad and it’s one of the few songs that makes me cry every time I watch it. I just think it’s so gorgeous. 🤗

 

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~ 2 ~

bad guy by Billie Eilish — Have you listened to Billie’s new album yet? This definitely stood out to me the most. I really like the unique mark she leaves on her music.

 

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~ 1 ~

Silver Spoon by BTS — I LOVE THIS SONG! I just… Agh! 😍

 

I’d love to hear any song suggestions you might have to share in the comments! Any other BTS fans here? 😉

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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My review:

When I read Pride and Prejudice, I’d already seen the BBC film version, so I had a pretty good idea of what I was about to read.

I normally prefer to read the book before watching the movie, but this time it didn’t work out that way. I didn’t mind, though. As I read it, I realized that everything I’d loved from watching the BBC version was simply brought to life from Jane Austin’s novel. It was all her hard, creative work recreated which I’d enjoyed so much onscreen.

I found the characters the strongest point in this novel. Their personalities were very distinct and I found it easy to pick characters I liked and disliked as soon as they were introduced. Plus, since it’s satire, it’s purposely making mockery of different personalities, which is a form of humor I quite appreciate. 🙂

Since it was written a long time ago, a lot of the words and context can be difficult to understand. I, actually unknowingly, happened to read The Annotated Pride and Prejudice. It was so helpful. There would be one page of the original novel, and a symmetrical page of annotations.

1) Did this book inspire me?

I don’t think this book was designed to be an inspirational novel. I think the reason I read it was because historical fiction really fascinates me (Plus, I really want to read more classics!). Normally, when I read a historical fiction novel, I’ll be inspired to write my own book set in the same era, but this book didn’t do that for me. I’d prefer not to write a book set in this time period, but that doesn’t stop me from immensely enjoying it all the same!

2) Was this book humorous?

Oh yeah! 😀 The thing that was so hilarious to me about this book was the characters! Oh my! They were so funny. Mrs. Bennet had a funny personality – always worrying about her nerves and insistent upon her daughters marrying wealthy. Lydia Bennet’s frivolous attitude was also quite funny. But my favourite, by far, had to be Mr. Collins! A lot of people are disgusted by him and look at me funny when I say he’s my favourite character, but I think he’s one of the funniest contributions to the story. 😝

3) Did this book make me cry?

No.

4) Would I reread this book?

Possibly, but I’m in no hurry to as it’s a huge read!

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Yes! 😀

 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Have you read the book? What did you think of it? Have you seen any of the movie adaptions?

Spam Comments #1

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So, after over three years of blogging, I can’t believe that I never noticed the spam comments section! It wasn’t until I read Bayance’s hilarious series that this was brought to light for me. Let me tell you, it has been so funny to read through them all! 😄 So I’m going to have a go at sharing some of my favourites with you. Go check out Bayance’s posts; they are hilarious!

 

~ My favourite comments ~

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‘At Avas Flowers, our objective is to give you access to the entire freshest, most beautiful flowers on earth.’ Okay, but really, what’s with the flower theme?

 

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So there it is! Are you now as befuddled as I am? (I had to use befuddled, okay? Confused seems too mild a word.) I had way too much fun writing this post and sorting through all those comments. I picked only my favourite comments, but seriously, there were so many casino comments. Like, what? Don’t get me started on that one comment which was practically an essay and didn’t make any sense to me! Also, I obviously didn’t add in the dodgy links, but pretty much all these comments had suspicious links. 🙄

 

Would you like me to do another post like this in the future? If you have a blog, have you discovered your spam comments?

Priceless

Desperately in need of money and in hopes of regaining custody of his daughter, James (Joel Smallbone) embarks on a cross-country delivery for cash — no questions asked. When he discovers that he is delivering two young women, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. When James finds himself falling for one of the women, he becomes an unlikely hero and must fight to save the innocence and lives of both of the ladies.

Sourced from Google

 

My review:

Since For King & Country are one of my favourite bands, Priceless has been on my to-watch list for a while now. In case you don’t know, Joel and Luke Smallbone (the two singers who comprise that band) along with their brother and father set out to make this film. It was during production that they were inspired to write a song which is how their song Priceless originated.

This movie is centered around the theme that women are priceless and should be respected, as well as raising awareness for human trafficking. When I write that out, I know that goes without saying, but just because most people are against these things, doesn’t mean that it’s not still happening. Sometimes the seemingly most obvious things can go on under our noses. 👃

Regardless, I admire what they intended to do by making this movie. I enjoyed it and thought that the drama and suspense was executed well.

My biggest problem with this film is that the characters seemed to lack development and motivations. I have two examples of this which I will discuss as best I can in a spoiler-free way. At one point, a character went through a traumatic ordeal. Now, I’m glad that they didn’t shy away from it because it made it that much more realistic, however for the rest of the movie, there didn’t seem to be any consequences of that. That character was not shown struggling with it and I just felt that the impact of it was brushed over. Another character made a huge decision which is fine in itself, but there was no context or reasoning given for what made that character decide that. I think much work went into the story and the message they portrayed that they really neglected their characters.

1) Did this movie inspire me?

Yes. This movie is intended to inspire and provoke thought among viewers. It did succeed doing that for me. 💙

2) Was this movie humorous?

From memory there were a few moments that might make you chuckle, but it wasn’t a comedy.

3) Did this movie make me cry?

Yes.

4) Would I watch this movie again?

I don’t plan to.

5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?

If you’re a fan of For KING & COUNTRY, I definitely think it’s worth a watch. 😊

 

My rating: 3 out of 5

 

Have you seen this movie? Have you heard their song ‘Priceless’?