Rapping about Wrapping

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m obsessed with this song that I found recently. It has a powerful message of self-empowerment and female empowerment. Check out Hijabi by Mona Haydar and listen to the lyrics about how this woman shows her strength through her clothing. I like that while the song deals with the specific issues that women wearing this style of head garment encounter she still is inclusive of all women in her song’s message. Write a scene in which your character uses what makes her seem different from a crowd to empower herself. Be it a difference in beliefs, gender, fashion choice, religion, or even a combination of them.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Bringing New Experiences

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Miley Cyrus released a video for her new song Malibu last week. Her music has always been a little hit or miss for me. This time around I’m not impressed, to be honest. It is a sweet love song, but there’s nothing that hooked me in it. Still, the lyrics talk about the love interest introducing her to new things. I think that this is something that we should always look forward to when bringing new people into our lives. Write a scene about the pleasant new experiences that your character has when she brings a new person into her life.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Grass Isn’t Any Greener

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

An old classmate of mine that is pursuing a music career just released a single on his web page. Click the link to listen to FayBN’s new song “Beautiful People” and support him if you enjoy it. I can’t honestly say that I fully agree with the first part of the chorus of the song “Beautiful people have more problems.” But the last line of the chorus, “The grass ain’t greener on the other side,” feels authentic. We all have different problems and what I take from this song is that some people are just better at hiding theirs than others. Write a scene where your character discovers that someone’s life that she admired isn’t as good as she previously thought.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Expressing How Little I Care

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Warning to those with sensitive ears, the song below by Erika Jayne is full of the F-bomb as you may have guessed from the title. Whether you listen to it is up to you. You can just as skip right to the prompt. Think about all the ways there are to tell someone who you don’t care about something. Pick which one you think would be your character’s favorite or make one up that your character would use. Write a scene in which your character expresses this statement of indifference to someone. Does it cause problems? Can your character care as little about these problems as the original subject?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Nothing But A Hound Dog

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I had no idea that before Elvis took on the song as his own “Hound Dog” was actually recorded by singer/songwriter Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton. Her original version was recorded in 1952. I love learning things about musical history. Though it does make me a little sad when artist like this don’t get credit because their version isn’t the “popular” version. Write a scene where your character gets overlooked for an accomplishment only to have someone else do the same thing and receive praise. Why was your character ignored while this other person gets attention? How is their work different? How are they different?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Hints and Innuendos

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I don’t know about everyone else but I was disappointed in what Disney was calling gay representation in the live action Beauty and the Beast movie. This version of Gaston sang during a Broadway Villains Party was a much more satisfying version. The use of innuendo is far more entertaining here up until they just let the joke slip and flat out call the characters gay.  Write a scene where your character makes use of innuendos while interacting with someone. Is your character being subtle or obvious? What is the purpose of the innuendos in this scene?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Does It Really Make You Happy?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

For whatever reason the jukebox in my head has decided that the song of the week is “If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow. The song itself does make me happy which is nice since I can’t get it out of my head. But the lyrics “If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad” definitely leave us with plenty to play with in our writing. This could be something that used to make the character happy but has lost its joy recently; why does your character still cling to it? Does she keep telling herself that it makes her happy because she is just used to saying so? Or maybe this is the sort of sad happiness that we like because it makes us glad just remember that we aren’t feeling that sadness all the time. Like when we watch a tragedy and think about how much better our life is than that. We’re sad but happy at the same time. Write a scene that plays with the idea of mixing happiness and sadness.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Only Way We Know How

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The wardrobe choice for this music video is a bit of a weird one but I’m sure the producers had a vision in mind when they made it. More interesting though is the lyrics. In two verses of the song we have a count down from 25 as the first line of each line but we never actually make it down to 1. The part I liked about this song is the line from the chorus “Cause living out loud is the only way I know how.” I like the idea of only knowing one way to live. As we all know there are a lot of ways to live life. But think about what way is the only acceptable way for your character to live her life. Have people present her with opportunities or situations that challenge her way of living.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Drawing Strength From Others

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” has been stuck in my head all morning. I have no idea where it came from but at least it is one of the better songs to get stuck in my head lately. I’m sure that you’ve all heard a version of it at some point in your lives as it has been remade a lot but nothing quite lives up to the King version for me. Take inspiration from the lyrics of this song and write about a character that draws her strength from others. Is this in a metaphoric sense like knowing that people believe in her helps her to keep pursuing her goals? Or are you going for a more literal sense like magically drawing strength out of another character in some way? What is the connection between your character and the person she draws her strength from?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Ridiculous Laws

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Wet Spots is a rather entertaining duo that sings songs that have adult themes. The one I’ve posted below is called “Texas Annie” and it is about a woman that smuggles dildos into Texas because up until recently it was illegal to buy dildos there. To most of us who mind our business this probably seems like a ridiculous law. Write a scene about a law your character finds ridiculous or the interpretation of a law that makes it seem ridiculous.

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=mvJyA-7PwKM

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades