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How I wooed a boy with my playlist poetry and did homework at the same time…

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Also known as: The best decision I made this semester…..? I think “yes!”

So a few weeks back, I was just sitting at work letting my mind wander and think about stuff, when I got the idea to combine song titles to make poetry. The main goal of this was to make a note to a boy I was talking to, with the intention of sending it if I thought it worked out all right, since we were going to be hanging out for the first time alone on that Saturday and Saturday seemed so far away. So I eventually did, after I got home from work and in between working on homework. After spending many hours debating and replacing song titles, I came up with this:

Note #1

After I sent it and found out that it was a good idea (he said it made him blush), I mentioned it to a few other peoples *cough* Cali4beach *cough* Jordan *cough*. And they thought it was cool and suggested that I submit it to the ds106 submit an assignment thingie because they wanted to do it too. So I made a poetry challenge playlist and submitted the assignment. Ta-da!

Challenge for ds106

Now it’s like this cool thing to do. I’m really honored and excited that other people have done the assignment. It makes me feel slightly like a trendsetter and I really like seeing what music people have in there music-playing software. There are many songs with interesting titles that I would have never heard about if not for this idea/assignment and I want to hear them now that I know they exist.

So how does this link back to how it’s basically my best idea ever besides the fact that other individuals have decided to make their own poetry playlists? (Which is a big ego boost, but don’t worry, I’m still quite humble though.) Well, yesterday in the mail, I got a belated Valentine’s Day card (from the boy I wooed) and inside just for me was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen in my life. Seriously, my heart stopped for a second. It was a poetry playlist printed out just for me! :D

I don’t want to post it because the contents of this playlist note are for me to know and for you to “…”, but it seriously made my day. I hope that all of you have found love with this. Or fallen in love with the medium. Or both. :)

I would also like to give a BIG thank you to the following individuals for doing my assignment:
Jordan Kroll I love the parts “Enter The Ninja / He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)” and “All I Want / Heroine / Death and Destruction.” And major props for being the first person to do the assignment. :)
Erin O’Neal I love the lines “I Will Not Go Quietly / I Will / Fight Fire With Fire” and the song titles “Indian War Woop” and “Any Major Dude Will Tell You.”
D’Arcy Norman I love “Silicone On Sapphire / Midnight Rocker” and your use of color (the sapphire line) and “White Gold”.
Matt Martin electrovert, we need to get together and have a music-sharing session. Seriously, our dance parties could go on for days with our similar taste in music. Do you happen to follow Popjustice?
Alisa Cooper Yes, people still use WMP! Haha! I love your song choices. Very moving and bitter sweet. I particularly love “Have You Ever Been / Victim Of A Broken Heart” and “Help Me Be Good To You / Help Me / Be Happy”.
Todd Conaway I really like how you restricted it to Herb Alpert and songs from Abbey Road. Another possible submit-to-ds106 assignment idea?
cogdog Haha! I love the opening of “Taxman / Psychotic Reaction” and you theme and inspiration. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the line/song title “Did You Steal My Money”.
Intrepid Teacher Whoa! You have some amazing song titles here! I love the interjection of shorter titles such as “Stay Human” and especially “Hot Freak” in between the longer lines. It has a good pace. I laughed at the song title “The Power of Orange Knickers” and how the combined lines: “Naked If I Want To / This Is Why You Love Me” read.
Cali4beach Woman, this is so cute! My heart pangs for the plug and how it’s getting no love from your cord.
Joan Shaffer I’ve never been to Florida, but I’ve heard that it is awful if you go during the summer. The beginning to your playlist is amazing! It made me laugh, as did the lines “Look At You / Fuck Shit Up / No One Does It Like You”.
rowan peter Short. Kind of sweet. Kind of apocalyptic as Jim Groom commented. I like it.
David Noel I love the repetition you use and especially like the lines “By The Way / I’m Going Slightly Mad”. Infant Sorrow is my favorite fake band. I love the Get Him To The Greek soundtrack.
mollyw YES! :) Life is always better with Lady Gaga! I love your mix of violent-ness with the “pain and injury,” as you called it, imagery with kind of happy Lady Gaga music, ex. “I Like It Rough / How Do You Like Me Now? / Do You Wanna / Just Dance”-Haha!
Samantha Booth I love how you have “You / Screwed Up” on two lines rather than finding one titled “You Screwed Up”. It just has more emotion than it would have otherwise. The ending is great too. “Stronger / Without You / Ridin’ Solo / A New Day Has Come”.
mattdietz I really like the song titles “Slow This Bird Down” and “Dance While The Devil Sleeps.” I will be expecting more. JK!
MG79MkIV Aww! Congratulations! I hope you showed this to her.
Chris Blough Haha! Cheesy yet satisfying! I particularly like the opening lines “If You’re Out There / Let Me Love You (Radio Mix) / Need U Bad” and the lines “If This Isn’t Love / It’s OK / I’ve Come Prepared”.
Sofia Ahmad I really like “Right Here / Right Now (Na Na Na)”. It always reminds me of the “na na na na” part that sounds so pretty and soothing.
Grace Sey I have no idea what’s going on, but I like it!

If I missed anyone (I went off of the list provided by the ds106 page for the assignment) or if you want me to refer to you by a different name or user-name, please let me know and I will either fix what needs to be fixed or read your poetry and then add you. :)

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