Cooler than the flip side of my pillow

All right, class. School is back in session. I have to go to bed at reasonable hour tonight. No staying up until 4 a.m., no sleeping in until noon. So, I’m going to make you do a little work for a change. I’ve got a little assignment in creativity for you. I believe in catering to the individual, so I’ll let you choose from three opportunities to express yourself.

  1.  Imagine you are the star of your own show, sitcom, drama, romantic comedy, action-adventure. You get the picture. Now imagine you are in control of the soundtrack. What music would play in the background of your life?
  2. Not comfortable talking about you? All right then. Many of you are involved in your own writing projects. Tell us a little bit about your characters and the music that fits their lives.
  3. Maybe there is a song that takes you back to a certain time, just as Kenny Chesney sings in “I Go Back.” What song holds a special meaning for you? Tell us why.

While you’re at it, add a link to your blog if you like.  Share your talent!

There is nothing that motivates me more than music. In fact, much of my book was dreamed up on road trips with Kenny as I rode shotgun, listening to either country at the Big 98 WSIX or the Rock 105.9, depending on my mood. I like a song that communicates feeling as well as story. I think Taylor Swift does an amazing job of connecting with her audience. She adds that third dimension of imagery, in addition to visual and auditory. She really makes the listener FEEL the emotion.

Okay, I’ll admit it, there’s a minor character in one of her videos that inspired a minor character in my book. I won’t say which one. But her song “Fearless” could easily serve as a theme song for my female lead character, Megan, although I wouldn’t describe Megan as a country music fan. She’s more of an eclectic music fan, focusing primarily on music with a positive message that reflects her Christian beliefs. TJ, the male lead, is a hip hop fan.  Plus, he likes the blues, thanks to his Memphis roots. What do I know about hip hop? Nothing. If I had to choose a song for TJ, I’d choose “Smile” by Uncle Kracker even though TJ is definitely NOT a country music fan. TJ is just the type of guy who would tell the girl of his dreams that she’s “cooler than the flip side” of his pillow.  Yeah, that’s right. TJ possesses the same quirkiness that serves as the backbeat to this song.

It’s too bad that dreams rarely come true over night. If a movie were made of my book, I serendipitously discovered a song that coincidentally complements the theme of my story. If you get a chance, take a moment to listen to the song, not for the sake of my thoughts, but rather for the chance to hear a truly inspiring song with a great message. (Be sure to click on “The Edge.”)

So, what are you waiting on? Get to work. Chop, chop.

PS—EDGERS, check your Facebook messages.

17 thoughts on “Cooler than the flip side of my pillow

  1. My character Jaylee would have the band Bayside as her soundtrack. They have happy undertones, but you wouldn’t know how emo-like the songs are if you didn’t listen to the lyrics carefully.

  2. If I starred in my own movie, my background music would be “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor. I’ve always enjoyed the song, and I’m always trying to make a new friend or be there for somebody.

  3. Ah, that’s sweet. I can see that. I’m still in awe at your sewing talents. Just blown away. Looking forward to the 27th. Hey, you, Ben and Morgan feel like doing some songs in the near future?

  4. perhaps “Son of a Preacher Man?” no, that song certainly does not reflect my life. I can’t think of a soundtrack for my life/show, nor can I think of a song right now. I’d have to do some searching.

  5. My character Jenna has some issues with personality because she’s an empath which means she picks up on others’ emotions and personalities and strengths just by being around them, so I have fun with her. I listen to any type of music when I’m writing about her life, but during the scenes where she’s alone in a room or just stuck in her own world, I like to play Jack Johnson because his music is acoustic and laid-back. I’ve really only hinted at one of my character’s music style when Jenna entered her dorm room to find her best friend dancing around to Don’t Stop Believin’. (I actually listened to that on my iPod while writing the scene.)

    I haven’t had any inspiration relating to my blog for a few days, but here’s the link:

      • I would like to blame my typos on my computer, but you know better. What I meant to say was I am glad you plan to do the same with a journal. Will it be online or handwritten?

  6. That is so cool Justin. Empath. I like that. Very interesting. I’m really liking all this creativity escaping out of you. I will try to visit your blog after school today. Ugg. I’m sure you’re still asleep right now.

  7. The song that would play in the background of my life would have to be “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West. You just really can’t tell me anything. It’s always set in my head the way I’m going to do something, and if you tell me otherwise, and you’re not a teacher, I get a little angry. 🙂

  8. Uh, oh. Let me tell you, I’ve been down that road. it’s awfully bumpy, man. Watch out. 🙂 I’m glad you put your blog on here! Cool stuff.

  9. I was going to hand write the journal so that I can take it to school. I’ll try to do a summary, life lesson type thing on my blog every day. And I noticed that everyone is starting blogs since you started yours. I love it!:)

  10. If I had a theme song that went with my life I would have to say that it used to be “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw but now it rotates between “Roll With Me” by Montgomery Gentry, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt, and “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw. I know everyone else has just been listing one theme song but I have to have multiple ones to go with my ever-changing mind lol.

  11. I think these are perfect. God must have awfully big plans for you. You’ve already impacted mine in a big way. Whenever I get down at school, I look over those stocks, and I just start laughing. Nobody did a better job of tormenting me than you. I loved ever minute of it. lol

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