Hellloooooo! Let me start out by saying, I have good news! I will be beginning to blog semi-regularly again soon! I was recently talking to another blogger friend of mine and our little chat kind of rekindled my vision and passion for blogging. Soooo, be ready for that.
Now for the real purpose of this post :)
Lately, I have been kind of obsessed with spoken word poetry. As you know, I took a creative writing class for school in the first semester this year and one unit we did was poetry. Unfortunately I don't really write much poetry because I'm absolutely horrible at it, but I enjoyed trying and especially listening to other people's. But what turned me on to the spoken word variety was that a guy in my class literally wrote and performed the most inspiring, and engaging poem ever, and I have NEVER HEARD ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE. It was so, so, so beautiful. I was hooked.
So I began thinking about spoken word, and I realized that not only can it be a spoken type poetry, but it can also be sung or rapped in music. And then I realized that MY FAVORITE BAND does spoken word in EVERY SONG. Wow. Okay.
Twenty One Pilots' lyrics are the best I've ever heard written. Not only do they flow together effortlessly, they also have such relatable, great meaning.
Here's Heavydirtysoul for you.
Take a listen here for spoken form:
And here for song form:
*Okay breathe* Whew. I literally love Twenty One Pilots so much. I know they're not everyone's thing, but you have to appreciate their artistry at least a little bit. But if you are one of the few, the proud, and the emotional and you wanna know more about them, I can hook you up with information or send you videos/pics from the concert I went to :)
Alright, Moving on.
Last week, I went to my first poetry slam. If you don't know what a poetry slam is, it's basically a competition of people performing their poems. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I was not disappointed and it was super fun. Right now, I feel extremely inspired to listen to and maybe even attempt to write my own spoken word poetry. We'll see. I'll keep you posted :)
Finally, today, I just wanted to share with you my favorite piece of spoken word poetry ever. "To This Day" By Shane Koyczan. I first heard of this about a year and a half ago, but when I looked it up for myself, I didn't know it was supposed to be spoken word so I just read it to myself and didn't really think it was that good. BUT this year I discovered it again, this time in it's true form. And, wow. You just have to hear it for yourself. Enjoy.
That is all I have for you today! I want to know your opinions on spoken word poetry. Like? Dislike? Have you ever written or performed it before? Do you have a favorite piece?
Okay. I'm done rambling :)
July A. Emmance