A week or so ago I posted on the way 1970s Brit prog rockers adapted to changing tastes in music – underscoring the fact that writers, too, should adapt inside their own field and genres. I made a couple of statements that were deliberately hyperbolic, to underscore the point. I thought they were obviously so OTT… More Hyperbole has its place. So does the Mellotron.
Jack Ely died last week. Jack who? The guy who sang “Louie Louie” for the Kingsmen, back in 1963. His rendition was so garbled the CIA investigated the song for seditious content. Which was a bit of a waste because actually, there’s nothing to the lyrics of ‘Louie Louie’. I mean – nothing. They’re moronic.… More My sneaky crusade to play “Louie Louie”, and why it failed
It’s amazing how many writing lessons I find in music. When I was a kid and learning music, there was an attitude that rock musicians were musical Neanderthals who could strum a few chords while making animal noises. ‘Proper’ music was ‘classical’, around which the Royal Schools grade courses I was doing was framed. The criteria for… More The three questions all authors must ask before starting
One of the biggest challenges any author has to meet is mastering the mechanics of actually writing. Only once that has been nailed is it possible to tackle the other challenges of content. A lot of aspiring authors, I think, try to handle the whole lot at once, and it’s difficult. But there’s a quick… More Essential writing skills: penning things “in the style of”
I picked up a new follower on one of my social networks the other day. Marilyn Monroe. Not THE Marilyn Monroe, of course. Any more than I was followed by Henry David Thoreau, who joined the list next day. They were fans – and, as a writer myself, I’m an enthusiast for anything that spreads the word about… More I got a message from Marilyn Monroe
It occurred to me the other day that, as writers – many of us plunging into National Novel Writing Month – we can learn a lot from eighties Brit synth-pop – and how that (briefly) re-framed music. The genre was a child of the late seventies. Trevor Horn’s ‘Video Killed the Radio Star‘ brought the… More Write it now: breaking through the writing limits with music
I had to look up the word ‘twerking’ to understand the storm over Miley Cyrus’ adventures this week. Like most neologisms it’s mutated; in the 1930s Walter Edmonds used it to mean ‘an insignifcant male’. It was related, in that sense, to ‘twerp’. Today’s meaning’s been added to the OED. I’m not sure that’s wise;… More Pointing the foam finger at twerking and other dumbness