Category Archives: Music To Write To

8 Songs to Feed the Poet in You (Part III)

1. 8 AM Departure – The Perishers

An anthem for anyone in a long distance relationship, if you ask me.

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I wish I could stay, you could call in sick and we could make out all day.”


2. Bloom – The Paper Kits

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Oh, you fill my lungs with sweetness and you fill my head with you.”


3. I Was Just Thinking – Teitur


Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I think about long distance rates instead of kissing you, babe.”


4. You Are the Moon – The Hush Sound

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “You don’t see what you possess, a beauty calm and clear. It floods the sky and blurs the darkness like a chandelier.”


5. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar


Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I’m a goddamn coward, but then again, so are you.”


6. Recessional – Vienna Teng

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “In the terminal she sleeps on my shoulder, hair falling forward, mouth all askew.”


7. Boys Don’t Cry – Plumb

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “You turn the TV on and tune me out again.”


8. You Had Time – Ani DiFranco

A song that speaks to my dream of a girl to love, a cottage in the woods, and a red pick-up truck.

Noteworthy lyrics:


  • “You will take the heavy stuff and you will drive the car and I’ll look out the window and make jokes.”

Contributing Editor /
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT


Donna-Marie Riley currently resides in the South West of England. She is author of the poetry collection Love and Other Small Wars, published by Words Dance, and also featured in Between Sentiment and Sensation: Vol I, published by Red Paint Hill. She romanticizes cold coffee and bitten nails and she likes her poetry shaken, not stirred.


POETRY VS LYRICS: The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle (constant and sometimes only member of The Mountain Goats) has long been praised for his simplistic yet evocative writing style. I’m not going out on a limb here telling you that his lyrics are an experience. Honestly there’s just something about writing that doesn’t have to dress itself up — writing that is unashamedly matter-of-fact — that really hits home for me. Darnielle epitomizes this.

Today, I don’t want to tell you that John Darnielle is a good writer. I want to tell you that he is a poet.

“My father would tell me if I wasn’t writing in meter verse, it wasn’t poetry,” Darnielle said in a New York Magazine interview in 2009. I think there are a lot of people that still hold this kind of traditionalist idea about what poetry is, about what it can and cannot be. But for the most part, I’d like to think the poetry community has opened up to accept a lot of what John Darnielle’s particular brand of writing exemplifies: that sort of raw, emotional free verse that says what it needs to say and then wraps itself up. No fuss. No mess. No unnecessary worrying about form or rhyme schemes.

The title of this piece is misleading. It’s not anything vs. anything. The fight’s been called off. It’s getting harder and harder for me to draw the line between what has the right to be considered a poem and what doesn’t; so I’m not interested in drawing lines anymore.

Here are six examples of brilliant, poetic writing by Mountain Goats founder/writer/composer/guitarist/pianist/vocalist/etc. John Darnielle:


“Fault Lines” // All Hail West Texas (2002)

down here where the watermelon grows so sweet
where I worship the ground underneath of your feet
we are experts in the art of frivolous spending
things go on like this for three years I guess
and we’re drunk all the time and our lives are a mess
and the deathless love we swore to protect with our bodies
is stumbling across it’s bleak ending
but none of the rage in our eyes
seems to finish it off where it lies
I got sugar in the fuel lines
both of us do



“Woke Up New” // Get Lonely (2006)

the first time I made coffee for just myself
I made too much of it
but I drank it all
just ‘cause you hate it when I let things go to waste
and I wandered through the house
like a little boy lost at the mall
and an astronaut could’ve seen the hunger in my eyes from space



“Dance Music” // The Sunset Tree (2005)

I’m in the living room watching the Watergate hearings
while my stepfather yells at my mother
launches a glass across the room straight at her head
and I dash upstairs to take cover
lean in close to my little record player on the floor
so this is what the volume knob’s for



“Broom People” // The Sunset Tree (2005)

I write down good reasons to freeze to death
in my spiral ring notebook
but in the long tresses of your hair
I am a babbling brook



“Going To Georgia” // Zopilote Machine (1994)

the most remarkable thing about coming home to you
is the feeling of being in motion again
it’s the most extraordinary thing in the world



“Black Pear Tree” // Black Pear Tree EP (2008)
My personal favorite.
(written by Darnielle/performed by The Mountain Goats and Kaki King)

and when its time came I could see it happen
blossoms black and sweet as Texas crude
I saw the future flowering like a ruptured vessel
somebody’s gonna get screwed
it won’t be me
someday I am going to walk out of here free



Contributing Editor


Trista Mateer is a writer and poet living outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She believes in lipstick, black tea, and owning more books than she can ever possibly read. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of two collections of poetry.


6 Songs Turned Poetry From A Concert Addict*

*To put this list in context—When I recently told a friend, on Facebook, that I had attended 34 Dave Matthews Band concerts, a friend of his replied ‘I have not even attended 34 concerts in my entire life’. Some of the artists on this list I have seen perform more than once. Dr. Gregory House said Music is the global constant. I tend to agree with that snarky piano playing fool. 


Stars shine down from the black

And we’re picking through the broken glass

Well how could we know our lives

would be so full of beautifully broken things

– “Broken Things” by Dave Matthews Band, from Away From The World

A warning sign

It came back to haunt me, and I realised

That you were an island and I passed you by

And you were an island to discover



Come on in

I’ve gotta tell you what a state I’m in

I’ve gotta tell you in my loudest tones

That I started looking for a warning sign


– “Warning Sign” by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the Head

I am waiting for something to go wrong

I am waiting for familiar resolve

I am waiting for another repeat

Another diet fed by crippling defeat


And I am waiting for that sense of relief

I am waiting for you to flee the scene

As if you held in your hand the smoking gun

And on the floor lay the one you said you loved


– “Expo ’86” by Death Cab for Cutie from Transatlanticism

I can see the light come peering through the sky in my mind
Closing people come in but also lying on the floor

I would hold you in my arms until we both are home

I would hold you in my arms until we both are all alone

– “Signs of Love” by Moby from 18

Hand over my mouth; I’m earning the right to my silence.

In quiet, discerning between ego and timing.

Good judgment is once again proving to me

that it’s still worth it’s weight in gold.



From now on I’m gonna be so much more wary when you start to speak

and my warm blood starts to boil,

that seeing you is like pulling teeth and hearing your voice is like
chewing tin foil.

– “Blood on the Ground” by Incubus from Morning View

Come inside look around

I lift you off the ground

Snapped your ribs made a lover

So you could share each other

Come inside

Kneel

Remember…

– “Flesh and Bone” by Alien Ant Farm from ANThology

Contributing Editor


SaraEve Fermin is a performance poet and epilepsy advocate from New Jersey. An East Coast heart jumping circus trains, she is the editor-in-chief of Wicked Banshee Press. Nowadays can be found volunteering at National Poetry Slam Events. She is a Women of the World Poetry Slam Competitor and her work can be found in GERM Magazine, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Free Verse Magazine and Transcendence among others. Her second book of poetry, The View From The Top of the Ferris Wheel, will be published by Emphat!c Press in 2015. She believes in the power of foxes and self publishing.


Blurring The Line Between Poetry & Music


“Turning Tables” // Adele ft. Rudy Francisco

An “unofficial remix”, this track combines spoken word poet Rudy Francisco’s poem Turning Tables (from his 2011 School Spirit EP) with Adele’s song of the same name (from her 2011 album 21).



“Body Love” // Mary Lambert

Singer/songwriter Mary Lambert tends to use words in such a way that you can tell she was a poet long before we started hearing her hits on the radio. Despite being included on her debut album Heart On My Sleeve, “Body Love” comes off more spoken word performance than song.



“Nine” // La Dispute

Formed in 2004, La Dispute has been described as a post-hardcore band with spoken word influences. This track from the Here, Hear III. EP is one of my favorites but other notable songs include “Nobody, Not Even The Rain” and “Such Small Hands” (both named after an E.E. Cummings line).



“Reset My Bones” // Hunt ft. Andrea Gibson

From the album Dark Come Sooner, this song by post-rock band Hunt contains poet-activist Andrea Gibson´s poem “Jellyfish”.



Contributing Editor


Trista Mateer is a writer and poet living outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She believes in lipstick, black tea, and owning more books than she can ever possibly read. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of two collections of poetry.


8 More Songs to Feed the Poet in You

1. No Angels – Bastille ft. Ella Eyre

A cover of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ mixed with Ella Eyre’s ‘No Angels’ with added doses of eeriness via excerpts from the movie Psycho, and my noteworthy lyrics are actually movie quotes, but run with it.

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “We’re all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out.”


2. Broad Ripple is Burning – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “If my woman was a fire, she’d burn out before I wake, and be replaced by pints of whiskey, cigarettes and outer space.”


3. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Ella Eyre

I’m a sucker for slowed down songs sung in husky tones by beautiful people, sue me. This one is originally a song by Jermaine Stewart, but if I’m honest, I never cared for it much ‘til this cover.



Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I’ve got needs, just like you, and if the conversations good, vibrations through and through.”


4. Hello My Old Heart – The Oh Hello’s

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Oh, don’t leave me here alone, don’t tell me that we’ve grown for having loved a little while.”


5. Missing Parts – Daniela Andrade

I mean, I warned you about the cover thing… This one’s originally by Jeff Pianki.



Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Who’s gonna love you now that gravity brought you down? Now that I’m not around, who’s gonna love you now?”


6. Why You – Joe Purdy

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Why you always looking so sweet? You walk into the room and it brings me to my knees. Yeah, so why you always looking so sweet?”


7. Pink Rabbits – The National

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “You didn’t see me, I was falling apart, I was a television version of a person with a broken heart.”


8. We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow

Noteworthy lyrics:


  • “Never once has any man I’ve met been able to love so if I were you, I’d just have a little trust.”

Contributing Editor /
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT


Donna-Marie Riley currently resides in the South West of England. She is author of the poetry collection Love and Other Small Wars, published by Words Dance, and also featured in Between Sentiment and Sensation: Vol I, published by Red Paint Hill. She romanticizes cold coffee and bitten nails and she likes her poetry shaken, not stirred.


Word Dance’s Package to a Creative Summer!



June has finally arrived, and you all know what that means…

SUMMER’S FINALLY HERE!

So whilst you all bask in the glory of the summer heat with a great read (or begin the great crusade of TV shows and movies awaiting you on Netflix), I’ve decided to create a Summer poetry package filled with prompts, poetry and music to get you and your creative juices flowing!


Recommendations + Articles:

‘Fishtail by the Scyamore Tree’ – Yasmin Belkhyr

‘The Nosebleed Year’ – Ava Goga

We, Gold Girl – Scherezade Siobhan

Four Poems by Cecilia Woloch

Late Sunday Morning by Elana Bell

Cosmology in Five Acts by Caroline Rayner

Warm Teeth by Eleanor Hazard

Jenny Holzer & her Inflammatory Essays

Winter Tangerine Review’s Shedding Skins


Prompt List:

1. Bedroom­Bound

2. Emptied Hallways

3. Skipped Stones Down by the Creek

4. Awaking after Sunset

5. Summer Love / Loss

6. The History We Make

7. Bonfires in Daylight

8. Burning the Bridges

9. What We Yearned For

10. What Awaits Us


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


8tracks Tracklist:

Holidays – Lydia

Let Me In – GroupLove

No Better – Lorde

Never Gonna Change – Broods

I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

The Exit – Lydia

Twenty Years – Bad Suns

Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

All is Well (Goodbye Goodbye) – Radical Face


If you’ve decided to carry out the prompts, then I’d love to see them! You can either comment your pieces on our Facebook post or even submit them to my blog, Happy writing!


Contributing Editor


Jade Mitchell is an 18 year old poet / writer who resides near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been featured in The Grind Journal, Inky Paper and Ink Scotland. Aside from working on her writing and poetry, you can find her listening to Lorde and reading every poem she can find in sight.


8 Songs to Feed the Poet in You

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Noteworthy lyrics by Leonard Cohen:

  • “Now maybe there’s a God above,

    but all I ever learned from love

    is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.”


My Skin – Natalie Merchant

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Your face saving promises, whispered like prayers, I don’t need them.”


All I Could Do – Kimya Dawson


Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I thought back to when I was 15, how I was squeaky clean and I wanted to die. I was feeding the homeless while combating loneliness. All I could do was keep living a lie.”


Delicate – Damien Rice


Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Why do you sing Hallelujah if it means nothing to you? Why do you sing with me at all?”


Whether you Fall – Tracy Bonham


Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “Whether you fall means nothing at all, it’s whether you get up.”


Sway – The Perishers

Noteworthy lyrics:

  • “I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ve had my head amongst the clouds, but now that I’m coming down, won’t you be my solid ground?”


Boy with a Coin – Iron and Wine


  • *The best you can do for the poet in you concerning this song is watch the video. It’s mesmerising.


Love Love Love – Of Monsters and Men

Noteworthy lyrics:


  • “You love, love, love, when you know I can’t love.”

Contributing Editor /
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT


Donna-Marie Riley currently resides in the South West of England. She is author of the poetry collection Love and Other Small Wars, published by Words Dance, and also featured in Between Sentiment and Sensation: Vol I, published by Red Paint Hill. She romanticizes cold coffee and bitten nails and she likes her poetry shaken, not stirred.


Music To Write To | Ghosts in Your Eardrum | A Playlist

Hello, everyone! I’m Anita. For my first post as a contributing editor, I humbly offer some inspiration juice. Here’s to all you writers and creators. A fluttering of benevolent spirits. The grey felt wings of a thousand moths. If you are like me, you are neither bite nor bark, but a mouthful of teeth all the same. A mouthful of words you try to grind into music between your molars. This is a playlist of songs to permeate your body until it becomes a vessel for lighter things, and every emotion flows through like a hollow glass urn. Think swelling. Think ambient. Atmospheric, oscillating between wavelengths. Hushed vocals, resonating instruments, and beats with anesthetic properties. A playlist of songs that tune your soul to vibrate in perfect harmony with the universe.

Listen on:

8tracks | YouTube | Spotify


Tracks:

1. We Can’t Be Friends by Dream Koala
2. Yawny At The Apocalypse by Andrew Bird
3. Window by The Album Leaf
4. Don’t Call Me At All by Flatsound
5. Apart by Balam Acab
6. Sun Will Set by Zoë Keating
7. Your Girl Smells Chung When She Wears Dior by Hype Williams
8. Asleep by The Smiths
9. They Move on Tracks of Never- Ending Light by This Will Destroy You
10. Exposition by Takenobu
11. About You (Dream Koala Remix) by XXYYXX
12. That Home by Cinematic Orchestra (Extended Full Version)
13. Rake by Sufjan Stevens
14. Thursday by Takenobu
15. Without You by Spooky Black


Contributing Editor

Anita Ofokansi is a writer from Kansas City. She dabbles mostly in poetry and is working on her first collection. Her work has been featured in several publications, including Winter Tangerine Magazine and Whispering Prairie Press. When she is not writing, Anita loves to waste her time blank-faced in front of her laptop, or deciding which tattoos and piercings will make her parents cry the least. She dreams of one day writing and directing movies.