• Monday Motivation: Siouxsie & The Banshees

     

    When I was in middle school living out in California, I became friends with a girl named “Mae”. She was new in our school, and didn’t know anyone, so I thought it would be nice if I became friends with her. She happened to be in three of my classes, so that made it easy. Mae was different than any of my friends. She was Goth and wore all black, and even her hair was black, though she confided to me that she was born a blonde. She had the whitest porcelain skin I had ever seen with the bluest eyes.

    Everyone thought Mae was weird, but I didn’t mind it. In fact, the more I got to know her, the more I knew that she was one of the nicest person I had ever met. Mae shared her love of music with me. She enjoyed classical music as well as mainstream stuff, but it was her vintage punk influence that  introduced me to this band. I never even heard of Siouxsie and the Banshees before! Eventually Mae moved to a different high school, outgrew her Goth period, and last I heard she is happily married.

    Ever since I started writing this manuscript (with all it’s ups and downs), I really tried to find several things that influence my characters, with all the world-building that goes into a novel, and with the themes. There was a scene I was putting together in the manuscript that made me think of this band and my time in school.  I guess I have Mae partly to thank really.

    If you’ve never even heard of Siouxsie and The Banshees, here’s my quick background on them:

    Siouxsie & The Banshees were an English rock band lead by Susan Janet Ballion and guitarist Steven Severin. They were part of a group of punk rock stemming from inspirational bands such as the Sex Pistols.

    After several failed attempts to get signed by a record label, the duo added two more members and the group finally joined Polydor recording. In 1983, they released one of their most popular songs,  a cover of the Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney called Dear Prudence and in 1991 with another hit, Kiss  Them For Me. There’s an interesting background to Dear Prudence that you can read here as well.

    These two songs I’m sharing with you remind me of “M” my protagonist. It’s difficult to explain to you what I mean, especially without giving away the plot. I don’t want to give anything away.  I’ve worked on this book for so long and in the past I’ve had my ideas and even paragraphs lifted off my website… stolen from me, but that’s another story I’ll have to share with you later. So, back to Siouxsie & The Banshees. My favorite line in  Dear Prudence is, “The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you.”  I can sing this over and over all day long.

    In an interview, Siouxsie mentions how growing up there were a lot of girls who had that cliched mindset of finding someone to look after them, providing them with a car and good job, but she found that boring. She wanted to be her very own person and being the lead singer in a band empowered her to become a strong woman. She defined herself the way she wanted to as an artist. This is my character! “M” wants to be her own self and doesn’t want that cliche, especially since her mother is overbearing. Perfect.

    Check out the videos and let me know what you think. By the way, in the first video, not only will you notice Siouxsie’s strong arm pit hair going, but a familiar face- Robert Smith from The Cure. Also, I was getting the Bellatrix-vibe from Harry Potter for some reason too.

    The second song is called Kiss Them For Me and this one has that Boho-Indian influence.  By this time, the band had a New Wave music/genre. Even though it was released in 1991, their music and lyrics still sound timeless today. Enjoy!

    XO,

    K.

     

  • Writing Playlist

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    Let’s talk about music. Any writers out there who have their own playlist?

    A playlist that helps them “see the story” ?? I’m sure lots of writers have a collection of songs stored somewhere and it’s pretty interesting to see what others are collecting.

    I have one. You can check it out under my blog link What’s On My Mind. I’m constantly updating the list, adding to it songs I discover. I’ll listen to anything and I’m not picky with music.

    Here’s one particular song I recently discovered on the Free People blog. It’s called Time To Wait by Margo May with Ssshheee. They are so cool!! This song fits the mood of my work perfectly. I thought you might like it and wanted to share.

    Check them out and let me know what you think.

    Enjoy!!

    XO,

    K.

     

     

  • My Favorite Composer: Claude Debussy

     

    I don’t think I’ve ever shared this with you, but my favorite classical composer is Claude Debussy. He is a french composer who was part of a musical movement called the Impressionists.

    His musical achievements consisted of both contemporary and classical compositions.

    His private life is very interesting.

    I won’t write about it here and you can research for yourself, but it reads very dramatic. Like as in a novel. I don’t know why Hollywood hasn’t made a film of his life yet? One thing for sure, you’ve probably heard his music somewhere in a movie.

    I don’t want to sound cliche, but Clair de lune is my favorite of his work. It was first composed when Debussy was 28, and later revised.

    Every time I listen to Clair de lune my mind wanders off to a peaceful place. It’s very difficult to put words onto paper how Clair de lune makes me feel. That’s why I was very excited to find this short animation beautifully created and directed by Andy Potts. His work is amazing and I’m happy to help him share it with you. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

    XO,

    K.

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  • Monday Motivation : Beck’s WOW

    For Monday Motivation, I chose this song from Beck called Wow. These lyrics specifically:

    It’s your life
    You gotta try to get it right
    Look around, don’t forget where you came from
    It’s just another perfect night
    We’re gonna take it around the world
    We’re gonna take it around the world
    Ride these wild horses

    Beck is one of my favorite music artist. He’s a creative influence in the music industry and this song proves it once again. His inspirational message is also what attracts me to his music. They are positive.

    The song might be familiar to some of you as well. You’ll recognize it from the Acura car commercials.

    I’m one of those people who actually like to watch commercials. It’s that business marketing side of me I guess. Acura certainly hit it out of the ball park with their messaging through the use of Beck’s song and their ads.

    As I mentioned, Beck’s music video for this song is absolute art. He and co-director Grady Hall featured collaboration from various Instagram visual artists. They are mentioned at the credit via his official Vevo . You can still see these visual clips at his website here. It’s a nod to be featured in one of Beck’s videos. His children are also featured in the video, as is his brother- in- law, actor Giovanni Ribisi. See if you can find them.

    lyric source: Genius Lyrics

  • Echo and The Bunnymen

     

    Have you ever heard a song that not only had a great tune, but when you listen to it carefully and try to sing along with the music, you discover the lyrics are amazing?

    That’s what happened when I discovered Echo and the Bunnymen’s song, The Killing Moon.

    Echo and the Bunnymen is an English rock band that was part of the post-punk, psychedelic music movement. They formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, bass player Les Pattinson, and drummer Pete de Freitas, who passed away in a motorcycle accident in 1989 .

    The Killing Moon was penned by Ian McCulloch and released in 1984.

    In a 2015 interview McCulloch said: “I love (the song) all the more because I didn’t pore over it for days on end. One morning, I just sat bolt upright in bed with this line in my head: ‘Fate up against your will. Through the thick and thin. He will wait until you give yourself to him.’ You don’t dream things like that and remember them. That’s why I’ve always half credited the lyric to God. It’s never happened before or since”.

    “The Killing Moon” is the band’s highest ranked song and preceded another of the band’s successful hit, “Lips Like Sugar”. But it’s with this particular song that carries a cool mysterious vibe that is perhaps the band’s greatest creation. The song’s meaning is really open to interpretation and I’ve heard several people believe that this is a love song or even about death. That’s what is so great about songs like The Killing Moon. It leaves the listener guessing.

    Check out their video that I posted below via Youtube. If you think the song sounds familiar, that’s because it was used in a movie called Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Echo and the Bunnymen is also one of Coldplay’s favorite bands. Be sure to also check out their hit Lips Like Sugar.

    The Killing Moon 

    Under blue moon I saw you
    So soon you’ll take me
    Up in your arms
    Too late to beg you or cancel it
    Though I know it must be the killing time
    Unwillingly mine

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    In starlit nights I saw you
    So cruelly you kissed me
    Your lips a magic world
    Your sky all hung with jewels
    The killing moon
    Will come too soon

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    Under blue moon I saw you
    So soon you’ll take me
    Up in your arms
    Too late to beg you or cancel it
    Though I know it must be the killing time
    Unwillingly mine

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him
    You give yourself to him

    La la la la la

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    La la la la la

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    Fate
    Up against your will
    Through the thick and thin
    He will wait until
    You give yourself to him

    La la la la la

    Lyric source: Google Play Music

  • Disco

    I’m back.

    Sort of.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve written here in this little space on the internet. There’s a good reason: It’s SUMMER!

    Right now I’m listening to Blondie. Yes it’s disco music, but disco music reminds me of summer.

    And summer reminds me of growing up with my family. Road trips and camping in the mountains. With all that road tripping, we listened to a lot of my mom’s favorite music, which happened to be tons of  disco music.

    I grew up listening to disco despite it not being a part of my generation of music. Bands like KC and  the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer’s LAST DANCE, The Bee Gees, and Sister Sledge’s WE ARE FAMILY. But most of all, my mama loved Blondie! She still does.

    I’d like to think I like Blondie too. Okay. I admit it. I LOVE Blondie.

    Debbie Harry’s voice was cool.

    Everything about her style was cool.  Check it out.

     

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    And here. Those jeans! Are those available at H & M???

     

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    So here’s Blondie to help start off the weekend.  Enjoy!

     

  • Friday! Friday! Friday!

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    I’m so in the mood for this song from Taylor Swift.

    Blank Space.

    It’s one of those songs that’s on repeat from my playlist.

    She speaks my language like no other songwriter can.

    And oh yeah,  tomorrow is my birthday too so I’m going out to celebrate. Taylor Swift style :)

    Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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  • Love Lyrics

    I’m so in love with these words from the band Vertical Horizon. I listen to their music often, and love anything that catches a good tune. No matter how old this song is, I’m still listening to it.

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  • Enjoy Your Weekend!

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    Leading this weekend off with Daya’s awesome song HIDE AWAY!

    I can’t listen to music while I write, but once I’m finished, I immediately play this one first.

    It’s so cool to know that Daya was just 16 when she first debuted  this hit last year. Her song also inspired my manuscript with it’s message. You’ll notice below that I included the lyrics for her song, just so you can sing read along.

    Yeah…I hear you Daya…sometimes  I wonder where all the good guys are hiding too? If you find them, let me know.

    Enjoy!

    “Hide Away”

    Boys seem to like the girls
    Who laugh at anything
    The ones who get undressed
    Before the second date
    Girls seem to like the boys
    Who don’t appreciate
    All the money and the time that it takes
    To be fly as a mother
    Got my both eyes out for Mr. Right
    Guessing I just don’t know where to find ’em
    But I hope they all come out tonight
    Hey!

    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?
    I’m a good, good girl who needs a little company
    Looking high and low, someone let me know
    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?

    Boys seem to like the girls
    Who like to kiss and tell
    Talking them up about the things they do so well
    But I’d rather find a boy
    Who is down for the chase
    Putting in the time that it takes
    To be fly as a mother (Hey!)
    To supply all of my heart’s demands
    Suit and tie cause under cover
    He’s gonna save my life like superman
    Hey!

    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?
    I’m a good, good girl who needs a little company
    Looking high and low, someone let me know
    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?

    Tell me where the good boys go
    Tell me where the good boys go
    Tell me where the good boys go
    Won’t somebody tell me, tell me
    Tell me where the good boys go
    Tell me where the good boys go
    Tell me where the good boys go
    Tell me where the good boys go
    (Hey!)

    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?
    I’m a good, good girl who needs a little company
    Looking high and low, someone let me know
    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?
    (Hey!)

    Hide away, hide away
    Hide away, hide away

    Looking high and low, someone let me know
    Where do the good boys go to hide away, hide away?
    (Hey!)

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  • Have A Fun Weekend!

     

    What are your plans for this weekend? I’m going to spend some time walking the harbor at the beach. It will be chilly, but nice this weekend. Hopefully I’ll get some beautiful photos.

    Until next Monday, I’m leading you into the weekend with this song from the Australian band Empire Of The Sun. If you recognize it, that’s because it’s from the latest Honda Civic commercial.

    Just for fun,  the official video from the band Empire Of The Sun is fun and weird, but I love it!!! Enjoy!