Thursday, December 18, 2008

iPod Divination: A Writing Prompt

Take your MP3 Player, put it on shuffle, and shuffle through the first five songs.

Now write a poem using something from two of the titles, something from three of the songs' lyrics, and one thematic concern from a song.

Here are my songs:

The Primitives, "Way Behind Me."
The Innocence Mission, "My Waltzing Days Are Over/Minta's Waltz"
Daft Punk, "Da Funk/Dadftendirekt" (WTF?!)
Billy Bragg & Wilco, "Christ For President"
Of Montreal, "Art Snob Solutions"


Ha! I'm in trouble!


Clearly, I should be writing instead of playing on the internet.


Collin Kelley said...

Oh, I like this prompt! I'll give it a try and post it (with a hat tip to you). Glad to find another Innocence Mission fan. Loved them since the first album in 1989.

Oliver de la Paz said...

Cheers, Collin!

Love love love the Innocence Mission, and yes that first album is a stunner.

Admittedly, I'm a bit intimidated by my writing prompt.

Stephanie King said...

I have a very strange mix of music on my iTunes, so I was a bit worried about what would pop up for me...


Poison, "Life Goes On"
Marcy Playground, "Ancient Walls of Flowers
The White Stripes, "Let's Build a Home"
Radiohead, "Bones"
Radiohead, "Like Spinning Plates"


I'm anxious to see what comes of this. :) I'm going to get to writing right now. Thanks for the prompt.

Anonymous said...

I am not a poet and I did not do the prompt. Just popped in to say hello and WOW a baby boy (who is not even a tiny baby any more!) Congrats and did you clear this with Jake?

And, this is hilarious:

Teri the former dog farm owner, whom you do not remember

P.S. I have a book coming out in '09! Weird, eh?

Collin Kelley said...

Here are my songs:

What Else Is There - Royksopp
Le Bel Age - Pat Benatar
One of These Mornings - Moby
Love Is Noise - The Verve
Hometown Glory - Adele

Oh, dear...this is not going to be a happy poem.

Oliver de la Paz said...

Stephanie, I too have very strange music on my iPod--many different styles and many different eras.

Teri, of COURSE we remember you. Congrats on the book and HA on the video. You too can be a poet, you know. BTW, Jake has turned into a grizzled but gentle old man.

Collin, love the Pat Benatar and the Royskopp. Man, I gotta get cracking on my poem. I found an entry into it while I was whistling in the shower. ;-)



Word Verification=suckleg

Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for the congrats on the book. I don't think I can be a poet--can't get that inflection down!. So glad Jake is well, and so happy for you and Meredith re the baby boyo--he looks like both of you!


Theresa Williams said...

I just did that prompt earlier; it was fun.