Audio Pastiche Poems for Portfolio with Credits
Working this exercise was very difficult. The poems I wrote are real life and I chose to read a few of them for this exercise. I chose to do these four because of the timing. If I had read a scene or two from one of my scripts, I figured that would be about five to seven minutes. Each poem is about 2 minutes long, so I figure I reached that goal.
Another part of this exercise involved music. I wanted to read to background music to enhance my words I spoke. When I post these to my portfolio, I intend to have them sound as professional as I could make it.
Each poem has a history. They are very personal and heartfelt. Reading them out loud brought back all the emotions that went with the first writing. I found that digging deep into my life experiences, I had a lot of bottled up emotions that I don’t usually discuss. The words I wrote express a lot of the feeling that I hid.
The first poem, “Spider Mania”, was a very lighthearted poem about an experience with a rubber spider. I originally tried to script it for Visual Thinking and Writing, but had no idea how I would tape that. I put the story aside until my Publishing and Distribution class when I hit upon the idea of taking the story and revising it into a Pastiche Style poem. I worked on the word count, editing it down to publish on my Word-Press Website. It worked exceeding well and even this recorded version allowed me to laugh at my fear of spiders. The song I chose was the “Flight of the Bumble Bee”. The rising and falling of the tempo worked well with the inflections that came out with the poem.
The second poem, “Our Itty Bitty Pretty One”, was what I used for my Visual Thinking and Writing Class. The script and video are already on my portfolio and that version was three minutes long. When I turned it into a Pastiche Style poem, I edited it down to one page and found the piano player version of “Little Bitty Pretty One” plus the word version. Both played well against the poem and helped to play against the heartfelt words I used to express our feeling for our daughter’s graduation.
The third poem, “Our Miracle Child, Theda”, was originally a script story I tried for Visual Thinking and Writing. When I didn’t use it, I decided to try turning that into a poem as well and that format worked better. I used the song; “All I Need is a Miracle”, for this poem presentation. The instrumental version of the song highlighted the words in another way that I was elated with and pleased with the results.
The final poem was the hardest. “Nothing We Can Do” was actually written for Comedy and Tragedy Writing class. The words and feeling are real and happen everyday. The subject matter is tough. I find myself feeling those emotions even today. For the music, I played “You’re Gonna Pay” and the instrumental version of “Mad World” to combine the words and songs into one. I found the refrain to “You’re Gonna Pay” very telling.
At the end of this exercise, each poem had conflict, character growth and spirit. I felt my words were expressive and visual and the music just added another layer to the poems. The characters, dialogue and emotions, were me and that allows me to feel the poems are real, down-to-earth, people.
SPIDER-MANIA: NOT IN MY HOUSE
SethRoachMusic. (2010, July 24). Flight of the bumble bee player piano. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENe23pnXSkI
OUR ITTY_BITTY PRETTY ONE
Phalanges04. (2011, Oct 07). Little bitty pretty one. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhewGfh5RUo
Jim02026. (2010, August 10). Little bitty pretty one piano player. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRfYXY5ET0k
OUR MIRACLE CHILD, THEDA
Taylor, J. (2013, August 06). All i need is a miracle. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClsQo6n2l4
NOTHING WE CAN DO
Thu Le. (2010, December 31). Mad world piano version. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWVfPa6tmJc
Lieberth, Elise. (2010, July 06). You’re gonna pay. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjgiZ7kxJ8o&list=PLBB9D4110B8200F9C