Praying to Rise Again

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Any of you that is a Ke$ha fan knows what she’s been going through and why she hasn’t been able to put out music. But it would seem that she has finally made her way back to making new songs. Her new single “Praying” is out, as is the official video for it. I’ve already pre-ordered her new album and can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us. This single though definitely has a “rising from the ruins” feeling to it. Take inspiration from the feeling of this song and write a scene where your character getting back up after struggling for a period.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

My Next Summer Song

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I think I just found my summer song for this year! I’m obsessed with “Worlds on Fire” by Zerbin. Okay so technically it is from two years ago, but my friend showed it to me just a few days ago. It has that perfect feeling of youthful abandon to its lyrics. Write a scene that captures that perfect feeling of summer. This scene should happen in a time when your character was young and hopeful and just a little too reckless with too much time on her hands.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Feeling Pressured

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I’ve been feeling like “Under Pressure” by Queen featuring David Bowie has extremely relatable lately. We all face different pressures in life. It isn’t fair to compare the amount of pressure that you handle to the pressure of others. You have to take on the amount you can without it hurting you. Write a scene about your character feeling like she has reached the limit of how much pressure she can handle in her life.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unreasonable Expectations 

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I’ve been listening to Demi Lovato’s album Confident a lot the last few day. And while it might be silly, I can’t stop thinking about how unreasonable the line “Die for each other” is in her song “Cool for the Summer.” We jump from what sounds like a summer fling to being willing to give up our lives for each other. The song is really catchy but I can’t help but laugh at that line. Today write a scene that includes a character having very unreasonable expectations of those around them. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

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

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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

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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