I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day Holiday.
But it's over now. Time to get back to work! This
week we have Jeffrey Beesler as our distinguished
guest. He has unfortunately also turned down my
request of a dance video. :( But oh well, he did
give us his writing picks! Here we go:
The first of the three songs which I make write to
is “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” by Irene Cara.
With a single word swap, I can totally turn this
song into a song of inspiration for writing. I mean, how can you not write when you hear lyrics like,
“Take your passion, and make it happen”?
Song Number Two would have to be “That Was Yesterday”
by Foreigner. As writers putting our work out there,
we are going to subject ourselves to a boatload,
no, a freighter’s worth, of rejection. “That Was Yesterday” keeps me grounded in today by reminding
me that there’s no point dwelling on the past, that
we only have the here and now to make the most out
And finally, “She’s in Love with the Boy” by Trisha
Yearwood is a great example not just of song, but
of great storytelling. Every line comes alive in
my imagination as I hear Trisha sing about stuff
like the pick-up truck coming up the road, or the
Dairy Freeze, or when Tommy gives Katie his high
school ring. Such imagery serves as an ideal teaching
tool for getting the perfect word on the page.
Thanks, Chris, for asking me to share some of my
favorite songs for writing with all of your readers.
It was really hard to stop myself at three!