Using Blackout Poetry In Songwriting // Episode 26



we've all been here staring a blank page unable to express her ideas as words on the page so in this video I'm going to show you another way one more instead of a blank page staying in the face the page is full of words for you to discover your Luke today we're looking at blackout poetry and how it can help you in your songwriting I came across blackout poetry a real year ago while scrolling through Instagram I instantly thought it was one of the coolest things I've seen poetry can often be something that I didn't particularly find that interesting but I'm getting a bit more interested in it as I've become a better writer but particularly I found black art poetry extremely interesting just the whole concept to me was very exciting so for those of you that don't know black out poetry is where you take a piece of text say the page filler and novel or something and you black out the words on the page until the words you're left with form a new poem it's very interesting in the sense you're limited creatively by the words of the author is used in that page of the book you don't get to use any of your own words and that forces you outside of your own comfort zone I'm using language that you perhaps might not use yourself so this was really interested in to me and I wondered whether I could use it to help me write lyrics so that's we're going to look at today I've never done lists myself I've never even done black out poetry yeah having said that I was desperate to try still not go round to it until now so today we're gonna look at it and to see if it can help us to write lyrics so I'm gonna grab a few pages to start with it and we'll see what can come up with so the first thing we have to do is get a hold of some text so this might be some books that you've read over the years that you really enjoyed whatever books you use whatever text use doesn't have to be a book could even be a magazine or a newspaper various articles but whatever use the language in it used to really inspire you it should really give you great images in your mind really jump off the page at you you don't just want kind of bland words that don't really interest you at all they need to be inspirational also don't read through the text completely you don't want to really understand what the author was writing about that's not important you just need to be inspired by the language so that's the first bit so go and grab some books if you've not got any books or articles lying around I suggest actually just going on amazon.com going on the book section and then the bit where you click on a book it allows you to kind of look at some of the pages within that book so you can get an idea of what that book contains it's just clicking on that and just doing a screen dump of the page obviously don't use those pages but anything else but it'll be really helpful just fill this black out pochi exercise will allow you to grab some pages from books that you eat why not next you need something to black out the words with this could be black marker pens paint or you can even do it digitally if you want to which is how I'm gonna do it for this video all you need to worry about is to make sure that it's efficiently blacks out the words so the words you left with on the page and the ones you need for your poem the next stage after that is to start working through your text and finding the words you want to use for your poem so I'd suggest doing this by reading through slowly and just highlighting words in pencil that you think really stand out to you doesn't matter and kind of what words they are really you don't have to work out in order to go you can start off just by circling the words that jump out of you again make sure you do it lightly in pencil because you need to get rid of it afterwards the other thing you can do is not necessarily circle the paper the words themselves but you can really just write out somewhere else on a separate piece of paper and just the words that jump out you if you do that just make sure you write them out in the order that they were in the text otherwise it the poem won't make sense at the end so once you've got those words either circled or written somewhere you then simply need to come up with different combinations until you get a lyric you're happy with once you have that lyric and you're really happy with it and you're certain you're not going to want to change it you no need to black out all the words remaining so you end up with just your words for your lyric and that's all there is to it it's really interesting they're doing it try it with multiple pages here's some examples of what I came up with if you're getting stuck on a particular page you're trying to create your lyric but you're just getting a bit frustrated perhaps you can't quite find the words you need you maybe got halfway through and you just can't quite finish it off just move on to different page two well sometimes this could get a bit frustrating because obviously you're limited to the words that are already on the page sometimes you just can't quite find the word you need you can also take the endings off words sometimes if you need to if you've got like running you can cut it down to run if you need so feel free to do that if it helps you but if you're getting too frustrated are different and moving on and coming back to it later so now you've got that completed black out lyric I recommend taking that and using it to help you write the rest of your versity of course either by just using it as a starting point and writing the rest of the lyric around it or combining multiple black out lyrics together to create your verse or your chorus where every section is as I said it's a really cool way of coming up with it I found it really helpful for me it's just a great way of doing something a bit differently creatively that limitation it puts on you to use the words that are already on the page was very interesting for me and I found that extremely helpful it gave you new vocabulary that I wouldn't have had before hopefully over time will actually increase my vocabulary and make me a better songwriter but even in the short term it's quite just a fun way of coming up with lyrics a bit of a change compared to how I'd normally come with lyrics I recommend you try it if you haven't done already please go and do so we've good fun for you I'm sure if you do go and try it and enjoy me let me know in the comments below I'd love to hear from you and how you've got on with it what you found thanks so much for watching if you'd like this video please hit the thumbs up and if you'd like to see more of this content please of course subscribe I've got lots more of this stuff coming out in the future and I wouldn't want you to miss it if you've enjoyed what you've seen so far thank you so much for watching and I'll see you again in the next video

9 thoughts on “Using Blackout Poetry In Songwriting // Episode 26

  1. Fancy having a go at some blackout lyrics? Let me know in the comments

  2. another attempt…
    This Bottled Thriller Noir

    Send me a bouquet
    Of raven black currants
    Dark chocolate deterrence
    And raspberry ballet

    Finish creeping, weeping, sleeping
    Oh! Prevent me from ailing, wailing and dreaming
    Groping, doping and scheming
    How it sparkles in the cup beaming

    This bottled thriller noir
    Pessimism, menace and fatalism
    Malic prism of nihilism

    A noise!
    A bang!
    Fireworks of diamonds dripping
    Dripping
    Dripping
    Dazzling dry and sweet
    How it sparkles in the cup
    Seeping, weeping, and creeping deceit
    Into the chalice of this obsessive malaise

    Finish creeping, weeping, sleeping
    Oh! Prevent me from ailing, wailing and dreaming
    Groping, doping and scheming
    How it sparkles in the cup beaming

    Keeping the unstable aged body who owns the dead
    Do not grieve the bitter mortician’s workroom
    Austere and aging oak cask
    Power in depth
    Tis valley shadow of death task

    Finish creeping, weeping, sleeping
    Oh! Prevent me from ailing, wailing and dreaming
    Groping, doping and scheming
    How it sparkles in the cup beaming

    Send me a bouquet
    Of raven black currants
    Dark chocolate deterrence
    And raspberry ballet

    ……

  3. Rip out pages to blackout without regret by buying random 25¢ used books from the local library sale.

  4. here's my go at it…

    It’s just a simple case of self -defense
    It’s just a simple case of self -defense

    Driving her home on a rainy late- September day
    Nervous smiles
    Mostly silent
    Wrapped up in his own thoughts
    He turned to her to say

    I not in the mood for an apology

    Meekness and modesty -Pretense on her face
    You know I love you
    It’s no criminal offence
    It’s no disgrace

    That’s the problem
    It can’t be true
    Well enough – It’s over now
    I’ll put it all away

    Let’s just start over
    Let’s just start over again

    Please never go
    Please always stay
    Shield my heart from this nonsense

    It’s just a simple case of self -defense
    It’s just a simple case of self -defense
    It’s just a simple case of self -defense

  5. so glad i found your channel! your vids are so helpfull!! thank you🙏🏼
    i have been writing songs since i was 9, and i'm almost 22 now. really want to start developing the craft more seriously. i haven't learned an instrument (only basic guitar chords), and don't know much theory yet. all my songs are basically lyrics and melodies i hear in my head. i really want to be able to translate the music and ideas in my mind to actuall music. although at this point, i feel rather restricted due to my limited instrumental skills. but hey, say i want to develop songwriting and perhaps even make it a proffesion, what would be your suggestions? is learning an instrument and theory necessary? if so, i just gotta put my head down and start educating my self. any tips on how to really develop, any courses one could take?🙏🏼

  6. I love how concise & pre-prepared your vids are….much better than listening to someone 'vamp' on the spot.

  7. Really enjoyed this video, thanks for making it friend. This is a new art form for me and I can't wait to try it out.

  8. Sweet, Ali! 🙂 Would it be awkward if I tried it on one of your videos? Like first transscribe it and then blank it… blankception

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