Ode to YouTube happy birthday

Ode to YouTube From a Writer

Ode to YouTube happy birthday

Time for cake! Happy birthday YouTube, a writer’s inspiration. Photo via Pixabay

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

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70 thoughts on “Ode to YouTube From a Writer

  1. syl65

    Wow! YouTube, Happy Birthday!! The majority of the time I do have YouTube going while I’m writing (even during this comment). Music kind of helps me with the flow of my thoughts. I might have to go and eat a cupcake in honor of YouTube, thanks Christy 🙂

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  2. Tobias and Zippy

    Great choice of videos and youtube is always a good place to inspire from. I can remember youtube before Google acquired them. (too long ago)… 🙂

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  3. yprior1

    cool post Christy – and that first song is really cool (Anything) – also – my son once said that you tube was his third parent ha! – he was into health things and used to find all these cool vids – and well, my question is that I heard youtube had 2 birthdays – the original one and the one from when they had new owners. I dunno….

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      1. yprior1

        well thanks for the info – and double cake for sure – and just heard someone saying that if it were not for you tube – we might not have videos anymore either lol- truly worthy of a past like this – and thank you you tube from moi aussi
        (and yes ma’am – you may call me Y – it is one of my favorite nicknames… so yes indeed… 🙂 )

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  4. valentinelogar

    Like you, I love YouTube. Mostly though I use it to find recent news events, older music, new release music. My personal music library is where I find my ‘inspiration’.

    This was a fun one.

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  5. Dave Small

    I like silence when I write. But to break from writing and listen to music while walking recharges and inspires me. Bob Dylan, Laura Marling, and Radiohead are some of my favorites.

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  6. Marianne

    Happy Birthday, YouTube! Such a nice gesture, Christy, and quite interesting. When I used to paint I always listened to music…usually something that was in line with the mood of the painting I was working on (Loreena McKennett, Dead Can Dance, etc., and when I was younger, PInk Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon). But when I write I have to have it quiet. I just can’t think when I’m trying to focus on one thing and another is demanding my attention.

    Blessings for an inspired day,
    Marianne

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  7. Sue Dreamwalker

    Lovely tribute Christy.. And Yes Happy Birthday YouTube.. Where would we turn to at times if we did not have it around.. And its given me plenty of inspiration and Happy laugh moments too.. 🙂
    Have a wonderful Wednesday my friend xxx Hugs Sue

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  8. the dune mouse

    Great post. I have to say I love the sweet territory of silence a lot of the time but yes, I love finding pieces of music I haven’t heard in years on Youtube! Music is inspiring and I often post a piece on my blog as well that I feel suits the mood!

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  9. Debbie

    I listen to YouTube some, Christy, but lately I’m preferring Pandora. When I write, I’m keen into instrumental stuff (no words, which mess with the characters’ dialog in my head!). With Pandora, I can pretty much choose what style of music I need to match my mood, much as you do. And then there are times when I need complete silence (don’t we all?!!)

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Debbie,I am jealous because I don’t get Pandora where I am in Canada. But I always have the radio to turn to if I want to. You’re so right about sometimes needing silence – especially when trying to sleep 🙂

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  10. ghostwritingplus

    Hi Christy, when I write, I like silence. But I need lots of breaks, and sometimes I turn to YouTube for entertainment. I especially enjoy “Convos With My 2-Year-Old” and “The Vegan Zombie.” 🙂 Happy Bday, YouTube!

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  11. Carol Balawyder

    Such a great way to celebrate YouTube’s Tenth! It’s just a child and yet Oh! what a remarkable addition to our planet.
    If one of my character’s is listening to a song then I’ll play it on YouTube as inspiration. For example, in one of my WIP the detective is moonlighting by doing security work at concerts, one of them being the Springsteen band …So, I’m listening to my favorite Thunder Road as I write.
    I also like the meditation music and TED talks. In ten years it has accomplished so much!
    Thanks for this delightful post, Christy! 🙂

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  12. Ralph

    Oh no ! You’ve posted a YouTube link Christy ! That’s me addicted for the next 3 hours probably ending up “how to repair a Ferrari with a banana”. See you in 3 hours then ! Oh boy ! xox ❤

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  13. Norah

    I usually write in silence, but often go to YouTube for a supporting link to a blog post I am writing. Thanks for sharing your process and all the great music. 🙂

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  14. charlypriest

    I should have read this post earlier, so you too get inspiration from hearing music…and me being a novice writer thought it was only me when i heard music where? In youtube! I pick certain rhythms for a poem and all, quite cool.So youtube is now ten years old, small kid but with a big heart or big variety of things to see and learn. I´m actually using it to teach me writing lessons. I just type creative writing, and in a second..wam! thousands and thousands of videos which i can pick from. I don´t even know why people go to the university having youtube. Plus the gangster documentaries I have to confess. I know now Charles “lucky” Luciano and the whole history of the American mob, I call him Lucky boy though, sort of bonding with the dead gangster….

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      There’s certainly a range of videos, from inspirational to, well, gangster-ville. Your description of “small kid but with a big heart” is so true. That kid will be even more amazing at age 20!

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  15. Mahesh Nair

    Lovely ode! Happy B’day, You Tube.

    You’re right. And there’s no dearth of music on You Tube. One finds everything.

    As you mentioned the idea is not to borrow the concept or the lines but to be in a particular mood to write a genre. I remember I was writing a short story, the genre was horror/thriller, and I had The Walking Dead theme music play (10 hrs non stop, available on You Tube).

    Great post!

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  16. Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    Hi Christy! I can’t believe YouTube is only 10 years old. I thought they’d been around longer for some reason. Awesome ode! I love music and I do sometimes listen to the playlist on my iPhone while I edit. I like YT for the book trailers and videos. 😀

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  18. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    It really is hard to think of life before YouTube. It always came in especially handy when I needed clips for the classroom, plus it was a great way to bond with students. On the rare days we had five or ten minutes left over after class, I would often have them share their favorite video with me.

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  19. JL0073

    I also take inspiration from music although I’ve never tried listening while actually writing. I think I prefer silence during the writing process, but my inspiration,however, often gets sparked by a song. There’s one story I wrote recently which comes to mind called “A Song for Her” if you care to check it out over on my page. https://jackl0073.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/a-song-for-her/

    This was a story that I wrote where the song that inspired it was integral to my creative process. I began writing it not knowing what I wanted to do with it, but the inspiration I tool from the song guided me. It’s a story about love and infatuation and where those lines meet and the danger that might transpire as a result. I hope anyone who checks it out, likes it. Even though it’s a fictional story I think it means the most to me out of anything I’ve written recently./ It may just be a story, but it’s also very personal.

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  20. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy… A wonderful tribute to an amazing tool which sits silently in the background awaiting our visit. It is the friend who is always there, it gives great advice, inspiration to many of us. Have an issue with some of those techie questions and you find the answer. It is people friendly because it is created by people.

    Hugs from Alberta

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