Happy birthday to YouTube. Did you know it had a birthday on February 15? Yes, ten years old. I am writing the global video-superstar a note to say thanks for helping me along my writing journey.
Yes, YouTube is a friend of mine. We’ve grown close over these last few years. I know YouTube is always just a click away for me, and it rarely steps out of line. There was that time that it got confused between the mobile site and the desktop link, which really was a sad few days for me… but we’ve since made up and it is all smooth sailing since then. Our mutual friend Tobias was able to fix the technological hiccup that was welling up in our throats.
YouTube provides me inspiration sometimes, or helps me get into the writing mood that I feel I need to write a great poem or story. I don’t always use music though as sometimes I prefer quiet time (eeek I hesitate to mention silence as it’s an enemy of YT, as I affectionately call it sometimes). Let’s say I want to write a poem, have a vague idea of where I’ll go with it, and it’s pretty darned upbeat! (Exclamation point upbeat!). So I go to YouTube and play this:
Hedley “Anything” – Lyric Video (clean version, no swearing)
In the Hedley song “Anything,” I like the line “Uh uh forget that I can do anything!” It’s about rising up and becoming what you want to be, moving higher, despite other people telling you that you won’t be able to succeed.
Alternatively, I can choose a darker song if I want to write about a sad moment in a story. NOTE I’m not taking the lyrics and copying them. ALSO, I’m not using the storyline of the videos (yes, some videos tell stories, as do songs, they are not all just la la doh da line after line). BUT they can inspire me by listening to them. Here’s a low-key sad -ish song from Staind, called “It’s Been Awhile.” It’s a slower tempo, discussing those times when you make a mistake in a relationship, and all goes to chaos (or a swear word or two).
Staind – It’s Been Awhile
Then there’s the super chill beat of a song like this one from Everlast. It’s one for when you just want to see what happens when you type. I might put it on a low volume and type a few words, sip my tea, and then keep typing about a character or two or three. Sometimes a new one comes when you least expect it (a character). Those are cool moments, by the way, when characters just show up. And YouTube is right there with me.
Everlast – What It’s Like
So, thank you YT for being my trusty tool when I want a little inspiration in my writing day. This ode is for you, YT! Congrats to you on your tenth birthday YouTube.
Do you listen to YouTube too when you are writing? Or, is it conditional, like only some days if you’re in the mood for music? Or, do you prefer silence instead? It’s okay if you like silence, I won’t tell 🙂
©2015 Christy Birmingham