Friday, June 27, 2014

Spoken-Word Tips Part 2: On Concrete Language, Specificity, and Turning Ideas into Poems



Here is the second video in this series sharing strategies for anyone interested in writing and performing spoken-word and slam poetry. Here is part one if you missed it; more coming!

This video also mentions a few poems that I think demonstrate the power of concrete language really well. Here are links:

Ed Bok Lee’s “If in America"
Lauren Zuniga’s “World’s Tallest Hill”
Homeless Ryan K.’s “For Joseph”
Andrea Gibson’s “Letter to a Playground Bully”
Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push”

Finally, here is a list of other resources for aspiring spoken-word artists.

Monday, June 23, 2014

New Song, Free Download: LETTER OF RESIGNATION (Produced by Katrah-Quey)



This is the second song I've made with Katrah-Quey, a producer whom I've been following for a long time. It was great to finally get to work with him. Here's the other one we made together, also a free download.

Thought about calling this "A Pragmatist's Guide to Nihilism," but this title was too perfect. Please share if you like it.

Lyrics after the jump:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The First Installment In My Video Series Sharing Tips, Tools and Tactics For Aspiring Spoken-Word Artists


I've been wanting to do this for a while-- this is part one of an ongoing series of videos where I talk about the different writing tricks and strategies that have helped me. It's NOT about saying "this is how you write a slam poem" (which I'm very-- probably overly-- careful about pointing out in the video); it's really just sharing some ideas that have made a difference for me along the way.

I get emails and messages every day asking about various aspects of the writing process, so this is also a way that I can answer those messages in a public way, to pass on a few tools that might be useful to any aspiring writers out there, especially those who don't have access to workshops, teaching artists, etc.

I considering going the ultra-fancy route and getting the video stuff done by professionals, but I really want to have the freedom to do these on the fly, to just share the information when and how I feel like sharing it. I hope you don't mind. If you know anyone who wants to get into spoken-word, or who already is, feel free to share this with them. More on the way.