Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Friday Night Raw

OK....Herotomost here!!!!!! So its my turn again and I am pretty sure that I am writing this at the last minute and super nervous that I will not be able to get it posted correctly...but here goes anyway.

First off, Marian, darling, light of my life.....I am not trying to usurp your music challenges here. It may seem like it, but rest assured, this is not a musical challenge.  It is a challenge about the way we get each other to feel our very deepest emotions using different devices and styles in our writing. Trolling the depths of our feelings and experiences and trying to relay them so that they hit the reader like a ten ton bag of bat guano, smelly, yet sooner or later it will help yield flowers. In order to do that,  below I have posted a live music clip by one of my favorite bands ...Blue October.  The clip is from their live DVD "Argue with a Tree" and encompasses the point of my challenge today. So, before I go on, kindly watch this snippet, be warned for those with sensitive ears or are easily offended by f-bombs...there are a few of them in the video. What I want you to watch for is the way Justin Furstenfeld captivates the crowd using a number of devices...lyrics, gestures, switching up intensity, and pay specific attention to the crowd shots, especially the one at the end....egad...I am sooo glad that wasn't me caught forever on tape...lol!







That one always chokes me up a bit...I know, but I can't help it, I am a sucker for lyrics that bleed.  Many of my friends are not so keen because they think its whiny...but not me, his affected lyrics bury me every time and with almost every song. Its why my wife says I wear the Capri pants and clam diggers in the family.  I prefer a nice tube top and hot pants....look at myself in the mirror all day...lol.

OK enough of the shenanigans.  Justin used so many devices in his performance to suck the audience in to the message of the song.  What I want you toads to attempt...if you feel like it, is to write something using a few different literary devices to pour your heart out to us...be it happy or sad, angry or glad, rant political, rant philosophical, but use some of the tricks of the trade to emphasize the emotional content.  Maybe you use something as simple as ellipses, or maybe you use a refrain.  Maybe the shape of the writing, or maybe a somber and delicate rhythm, whatever it is, use it to draw out the perfect storm  or Six Flaggs style happiness in you soul.

Once again, this can be any format of writing you choose, lyrics, Novel, encyclopedia entry, I don't care, just make me feel it down in my old and aching bones.

I will be heading for the high country tomorrow, so I will review as many as I can before I leave, but make no mistake, that if you want to take your time, I will be back on Monday and will make sure I caress each and every word that you offer.  I am thankful for every waking minute I get to spend with you Toads, as always thank you and I hope you find this challenge something fun and not too much of a chore.

13 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Corey! Dahlink! I shall see what I can conjure up.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Yeesh.. always with the emotion! Someone get the man a hankie!!

Now I have to see if anything will stir in this cold heart of mine. Ha!

Marian said...

love this challenge, yippee! dig Blue October, too. xo & safe travels!

humbird said...

just vibrating close enough seems...happy venture All :)

hedgewitch said...

Quite a clip, Corey. Thanks--it was well worth a listen, and I did notice his very effective gestures and stage presence, but only because you mentioned to watch for them--otherwise I just would have been totally sucked in without really knowing how.

I will brood on this message and see what happens.

Kay L. Davies said...

Corey, this could be difficult for a person of my advanced age, because it's not really my style of music, but I'm going to give it a good think, and take you up on your over-the-weekend invitation. Might think of something, might not.
K

Grace said...

Wow, his singing is very intense & passionate ~ Thanks for the clip and challenge Corey ~

Susie Clevenger said...

Great challenge Corey! I pulled out my past and put in in verse!

Helen said...

I began watching HBO's Carnivale last weekend ... I have both seasons (there were only two ~ what a shame) on DVD. Talk about stirring up emotions.

Loredana Donovan said...

Ellipses ... is that all it takes? Well, I used a few :) Thanks for the prompt ... I'm all about showing emotions :)

Loredana Donovan said...

Marian, I couldn't leave a comment on your poem. I liked it! :)

Lolamouse said...

This one took me a while, but finally something came to me. Great prompt!

Herotomost said...

Thanks everyone for coming out and playing, you definitely never disappoint. Love you all and hope to see you next time around!!!