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Collaborate! (Poets, musicians, DIYers, bloggers, neighbors…)

Have you ever got put in a group for a class and ended up being the only one doing work? I have. And it sucks! However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you get in a group (or class) that is simply amazing, and you all learn so much more! We’re working in groups for my current class and it’s really going great! Collaboration can be an awesome thing. Today, I had an idea for a poem and it made me think of a very close friend (who is a poet) that I figured would like to get in on the idea. Poets often write together. The collaboration sharpens us. One is encouraged by the other. All of that got me thinking of you guys and what I could say in my blog about this collaboration. What I can say is this: everyone can benefit from working together.

Think about your favorite musician. I’m sure you can find a video on youtube of them playing with another artist. And, chances are, it’s probably a really awesome video! Artists of any flavor collaborate. Everyday people shouldn’t be any different. Ask a friend for an opinion on a recent project of yours; ask a favorite blogger to help you write a post (or share a blog post); or even make do a weekend DIY project with some neighbors. I challenge you all to go out and see what happens when you work together! 🙂

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“Dance to this Song”, Da Vinci’s Notebook, and writing templates

 

Hilarious! Ok, what does this have to do with writing though?

Aww man, this song is hilarious. However, it’s not only funny – it’s accurate. Every pop song today seems to sound the same doesn’t it? The repetition of popular music templates isn’t new though. In all honesty, templates aren’t new period.Here’s where I’m getting to the writing part. Stay with me here!

A template is something that acts as a model for others to copy. Some of you already have used templates for web memes (like Y U NO guy ). Or maybe you’ve used a template to make arts and craft projects. At any rate, templates are everywhere, even in writing.

No way. Fo’ real? You’re joking! (And we’re still not on writing yet…)

Oh no! I’m serious! Last year I read a book titled “They Say I Say” that discussed using templates in the classroom to help teach students ways to write (here’s the writing part!). I won’t go into detail, but these templates are really simple and make learning how to write easy, even for those of us that have been in college for (what feels like) decades. One example would be something like this: “The author says __(comment on authors standpoint)__; however, most people would agree _____.” It shows you how to analyze and write papers. Really cool stuff.

Ok, what does this have to do with Youtube and Asian guys singing pop?

Well see, the guys of kevjumba and Wong Fu Productions have figured out the template for pop songs: autotune, 12-bar blues based bass-line, catchy chorus, cheap lyrics (or whatever). They’ve got it covered. And it’s hilarious. Not only because we know it’s horrible, but it is catchy and popular no matter how much we know it’s an empty song. So, check out the video and think about the template. I’ll leave you with one more video of guys that have figured out the template to music (this time boy bands). 😀

 

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