Ever wondered what’s the story behind a song?
Today begins one of my favorite times of the year! Mainly because I love all-things spooky and scary!
I’m planning to write a few short stuff for here so be on the look out!
Will you be writing scary short stories or creating spine-chilling videos/short films? Please let me know via in the comment section below so I can check them out!
To start off the season, I’m posting a spooky video I created two years ago (one-liner story so it’s very, very short!). Enjoy!!!
Wrote and then created a video about a girl I once knew.
This short poem was written for a group on Facebook – WE PAW Bloggers
The nightingale weeps a lonely song
Its mournful tune filling the forest
Splintering every branch and bark
While shedding pieces of a broken heart
As beacon for its lost mate
Now that I’ve declared I was a poet (much more so than just a fiction writer), I decided to really put myself out there.
By recording poetry as “spoken word.”
This was a huge thing for me as I absolutely HATE the sound of my own voice. This mainly stem from a history of speech problems due to my hearing impairment. So, after listening to other poets’ recording their poems, not to mention some hard-core loving encouragement from Susan Richardson, I took that leap.
Quiet was my very first attempt. This poem was actually inspired by having listened to so many of Avi Kaplan’s music:
Once was a poem I wrote years ago, but it’s a story I feel is still very relevant today:
There are only a handful of musicians who move and excite me otherwise they are mostly meh. I hadn’t really been able to truly dig music since the ’80s (with few exceptions).
Until nearly five years ago (2014) when I stumbled across Pentatonix’s Christmas video, The Little Drummer Boy, on You Tube. Two vocalists in particular stood out to me: Kirstin Maldonado and Avi Kaplan. I especially loved Avi’s booming bass voice. I was very sad when he announced in early 2017 that he was leaving Pentatonix to pursue his own music as well as to spend more time with his family.
It’s been a joy watching him grow and mature as a musician striving to find his own path. And boy, with his latest song, I believe he has finally arrived. But, in order to truly appreciate his latest music, you really need to revisit his past music, and then as you listen to the Change On the Rise, you will truly understand why his fans are so excited and wowed and stunned!
Avi was born and grew up in Visalia, California, a city in the San Joaquin Valley. Being Jewish, he was subjected to ridicules and bullying as a kid. Having grown up near the Sequoia National Park, nature greatly influenced his music.
In the video below, you will hear the story of how Pentatonix and Avi came together to compete on a television show (Sing Off) that would change their lives forever.
The video below was where I first discovered Avi (in 2014).
The song below won Pentatonix their first Grammy.
Below was Avi’s final performance with Pentatonix.
Avi loved Folk music so naturally the music in his debut album fell in that genre. The song below is my favorite.
I believe sometime in 2017, he moved to Tennessee to live in a cabin deep in the forest outside of Nashville. Here he would spend his quiet days writing and playing songs. Every once in a while a video surfaced of him. Otherwise, he basically took a sabbatical in order to delve into his own music away from the chaotic world.
And then this! This music video premiered on You Tube on the said date below. For those who closely followed Avi and his music, well, this was a real treat. We’ve listened to the kind of music he sang in the past, and this…this was NOT what we expected. Far, far from it! We were speechless and so incredibly moved to tears. Yes, Avi is finally coming into his own. And I expect him to continue to surprise and shock us with his talent in songwriting and singing. Oh, did I mention that voice? Simply put…there is no other like it.
Avi’s official website
His You Tube channel
Who says that bass singers can’t be successful? There are plenty of bands with bass singers; but, how many of them are the lead singers? Or better yet, soloist?
Hmm, I can only think of a few.
These are just a few I could think off the top of my head. Anyhoo, the reason I got on this bandwagon was because of a new song I listened to earlier today that just absolutely wowed me. Newly released to the public (earlier today), Change On the Rise by Avi Kaplan (formerly the bass singer from Pentatonix). His voice is incredible! I believe we are possibly looking at one of the prolific bass singers in modern time right here. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.
Are all movies produced from screenplays only?
Many have been inspired by novels. Think Harry Potter and Twilight. But, did you know that there are a large number inspired by short stories?
Here are a few just to give you an idea:
In my next post, how does a short story get selected to be a film?
This post will serve two purposes: Answer the monthly question for IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group), and satisfy today’s word prompt for the #Write28Days Challenge.
Let’s start with today’s word prompt for the daily blogging Challenge.
lumbers like the swan
as this sheet of paper
offers no grace in its blankness
Oh, written words, how I long for your
beauty and fullness
-please whisk me away
to a land most divine and true!
This month’s question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?
When I’m not writing, I enjoy creating videos of my (as well as other writers mainly poets) written works-mostly poems and microfiction. I got this idea after working with Motionpoems for three seasons (interviewing award-winning poets and filmmakers).
I loved the idea of taking poetry and turning them into films. I got to thinking-why not do the same with mine?
By utilizing Kizoa.com, I’ve created several videos (“films”) of my own. Here’s one, for example, of a one-liner story I wrote:
Since I am a visual person who loves music, I enjoy combining images with music and then watch as my writings come to life!