My Lyfestyle Through Lyrics
A couple months ago, on twitter, two of my favorite bloggers (@laniwendtyoung and @lefolauga) were discussing how there’s a need and want to showcase Polynesian writers and bloggers. So, last week I started a paper.li account to figure out how I can make that happen; a one stop shop for us Polynesians to check on what our fellow polys are writing about or even doing around the world. I’m still trying to get the hang of how paper.li works, but at least I’ve got the ball rolling.
In the meantime, while I’m still trying to figure out the ins and outs of paper.li, I also wanted to begin doing a weekly or bi-weekly feature of Polynesian authors, writers, bloggers, musicians, poets in my personal blog.
First up… Lani Wendt Young…
Seti, @lefolauga, introduced me to her blog and I instantly became a fan (read her blog and you’ll find yourself giggling or really laughing out loud in front of your computer or at your phone: http://sleeplessinsamoa.blogspot.com/)
Because my blog is mostly music related and Lani just launched her book
Telesā: The Covenant Keeper, I was interested in knowing what music inspired her the duration of the writing process. You know how us writers are, we sometimes use music to kill the real life background noise to get us in the zone. Lani was kind enough to share with us the music that killed her real life background noise…
[BOOK GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! COMMENT ON THIS POST WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS POST AND YOU COULD WIN A FREE COPY OF TELESA]
~~ Lani Loses Herself ~~
“You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime”
~ Eminem ~
Losing Yourself in the Music.
Writing is my gift but I’ve always thought that if ever God gave me the chance to trade in my gift for another, then I would be sorely tempted to exchange words for music. To me, nothing else has the immediate power to move you, envelop you and transform you the way that music does. It really is a universal language and in today’s conflicted world, we need all the unifying that we can get.
The first boy I ever loved introduced me to the art of using song to convey emotion and meaning. I was 14 and (of course) not allowed to have a boyfriend and so the only time I ever got to see him – was at church. ( Can you tell I’m Samoan!) He would make these cassette mix tapes for me with different songs on them and give them to me on Sundays. I would listen to those tapes all during the week (blissfully) and that was how he told me every day, that he loved me. Through music. Even now, 20 years later I can hear one of those songs on the radio and instantly be reminded of the thrill, the color and wonder of first love.
TELESA: The Covenant Keeper is primarily a love story and so I relied a lot on music to inspire me because as we know – music is the language of love. Not only that, but without music, I literally would not have been able to write this book. I have 5 children and so finding a peaceful space to write can be a little tricky! My iPod was a lifesaver. The house could look like a telesa storm had swirled through it and the children could be squabbling, but once I put those earphones on and pressed PLAY? I was transported to a different world, one where a boy called Daniel writes his own music, plays the guitar and sings about love and heartbreak while a girl called Leila gracefully dances the Samoan siva.
My fave TELESA writing music? Eminem. Which is a little odd I know, because Eminem is not known for being a romantic love song kinda rapper! But I love the poetry of his lyrics, so raw and powerful. And at times confrontational. Everyone has times when they doubt themselves and their dreams. Songs like ‘Im not Afraid’ and ‘Lose Yourself’ remind me that it takes courage and strength to fuel our dreams. Especially when others try to drag us down with their negativity and doubt. Listening to Eminem’s battle songs inspire me to fight harder, aim higher, and to write with fierceness. And his song with Rihanna ‘ I love the way you lie’ was my TELESA anthem for just one verse alone.
“Baby, please come back, it wasn’t you, Baby, it was me.
Maybe our relationship isn’t as crazy as it seems
Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a
All I know is I love you too much to walk away now
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
Well that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
Well that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie”
~ Eminem f/ Rihanna ~
Music is the language of love – How has music been a feature in YOUR love life?
Telesā: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young is available for purchase and download in all electronic formats from Smashwords For those with a Kindle Application, it is also available from Amazon. Price: $5.99
Thank you Lani!
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Lia aka @LyfesLyrics (like and add me on Facebook too)