Can i sing you a song?
For blog #2, I made a song with lyrics that I really really liked from student posts over the course of the semester. If you don’t mind, I took a couple of the lyrics from the poems written by classmates and just put it into a tune that I felt would or might match their feelings. There were only a few poems but I also took some words from short stories. I hope that you guys don’t mind and if it is a problem, please let me know. I don’t intend on distributing this song or showing anyone other than the Professor and you guys. I will remove the video once the semester concludes as well. I took writings from the students: Sross, mrthomps, Graylielane, Becca and Kirstan. Thank you.
I sing a song
for the lost and broken hearted
I looked to society and was daunted,
By the lack me.
Who would give this black girl affection?
Me I am Jamie I am Taylor I am Jordan I am Sam
Who are you? What’s in you’re closet?
Are you in there too?
I hate the electric slide but I like to sing oh
My love is colored, love is colored
I colored my love
Words that cut and bruise like unforgiving swords
sticks and stones may break my words
and words can kill me, words can kill me, words can kill us all, they can kill us all
*Verse I wrote is bolded
The climax of the song articulates my points that rhetoric, words, word and words are SO important!! In race-queer, lgbt studies. If I had to use one word to sum up how I felt through out the course of this class it would be AWKWARD. I use this word because I am a newbie about LGBT studies and don’t know how to phrase, explain, analyze, detract how I feel about everything. And I fear my words because I don’t want to offend anyone and always remain diplomatic or “politically correct.” That’s why I like songs better. Songs are the emotions that we cannot put into words. Even though the lyrics are just ambiguous pictures or images, it paints such a broader, bigger meaning with the accompaniment of the music and melody. I believe words are so powerful and words are the key to fighting injustice, oppression, etc. I also wondered if I put in Sarah’s lyrics of “Who would give this black girl affection?” if people would judge me for saying/singing this lyric because obviously, I am not a black girl. =] But why does it make us feel uncomfortable if an asian girl sings from a black girl’s perspective? The obvious answer is that I am not black and therefore do not have the same experience. But does that mean we can exclude my personal musical tastes/lyrics just because of my racial or experiential identity? Couldn’t that be characterized as exclusion and a form of oppression as well?
*please excuse my appearance…its exam week, give me a break! lol jk