I've had songs touch me. Enlighten me. Songs with lyrics that have truly spoken to me, that have resonated with me on some deeper level than mere audible experience, and I've carried the lyrics of those songs with me for years.
I've always wanted bring these song lyrics a new life, or perhaps what I wanted was to apply my own life experience to them. To pull out of them exactly what they made me feel, the emotions they evoked, the messages they conveyed. To create my own art from them.
And now, thanks to the lovely idea of Amanda Oaks (a poet I recently discovered via her Tumblr) I have found a way to do so through erasure poetry. Sure, I have known of erasure poetry for years. I have even written a few of my own. I just never thought to use my favorite lyrics for them until I read Amanda's recent book Where'd You Put The Keys Girl, which was actually inspired by the lyrics of Tori Amos.
Oh, I know, be still heart! Tori Amos...one of my absolute favorite musicians. Doubled with lyrics and erasure poetry and new ideas. I haven't told this Amanda Oaks girl how much she's inspired me yet, but I surely plan to!
Anyway, back to my lyrics and poetry. I'm a fan of Jewel, she was probably the first serious musician that I could really sit down and listen to and feel I was being transported into the eye of someone else's experience. I've had others do this for me: Sarah McLachlan and Ani DiFranco (to name only my absolute favorites).
So it's no surprise that I decided to do erasure lyric poetry on Standing Still, one of my favorites by Jewel.
I created the image for the feel of an erasure effect. I actually used a magnetic poetry app to create it. Although I did first use a journal, I like the clean cut image from the magnetic app best, though. I also included the poem in typed form below.
I had an awesome time playing with this and hope to do many more.
Enjoy! Maybe you can even try your own.
I want you
I stand still
on the stoop
This hot summer night
like I need you
You love me
A darkened sky
You pass by
Are passing me by.