Archive for November 27th, 2007

A few days ago fellow blogger, Kitty, tagged me with an assignment of sorts. I’m not prone to taking on blog assignments, but this seemed like a good way to express how various individuals place themselves in a creative mind set to write. So I’m tagging wordsmith extraordinaire, communicatrix, dame wiggy, Fat Cyclist, and misty mockingbird to get their inputs as well.

The assignment: Think of THE song that most inspires you to write, whether it gives you an idea for a story, script or just puts you into a better frame of mind AND/OR peek into the lyrics and find a verse that sums up the theme of whatever project it is you’re working on. If possible, post a video of the song to convey to readers the full context of the song and the mood it puts you into. Finally, send the assignment to five other writers to do as well.

Here’s mine:

Sheryl Crow, “The Difficult Kind”

Tell it to me slow, tell me with your eyes
If anyone should know, how to let it slide
I swear I can see you, comin up the drive
There ain’t nothing like regret to remind you you’re alive

If you could only see, what love has made of me
Then I’d no longer be, in your mind, the difficult kind
Cause ‘babe, I’ve changed



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Wordplay – Lugubrious

Contrary to popular rumors and beliefs, the word lugubrious has nothing to do with loogies, gooey substances or brie cheese that’s gone bad in the fridge.

Lu-gu-bri-ous is just another way to say you’re super sad or mournful – to a very exaggerated or even ludicrous extent.

Jason Mraz writes in his song, “I’ll Do Anything,”

I can be lugubrious with you.

Placed in the lyric’s context, Mraz is simply stating he’s willing to sit with his sweetheart and be mournful in the moment if that’s what it takes.

Lugubrious. In my teenager daughter’s world, it’s an “emo” word with a lot of weight.


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