“Feel” Project Part 3: Using Pop Song Lyrics to Write “Feeling it”

It’s Sunday so I took some time to review the Google Docs, scrolling through the piece titles to see what I felt like working on. I stopped at “Feeling it.”

This was the placeholder text/raw material I had:

here we go here we go here we go here we go here we go here we go
oh yeah oh yeah o yea
here it is
i’m feeling it
wow
are you feeling it?

Complete garbage. But I had an idea: what would happen if I made the piece from lyrics of dance-pop songs that have the word “feeling” in the title?

Originally, I was going to keep lines from the songs in tact and just jumble the order of them, which was a technique I did for two abandoned TRAPPED IN DEJA VU TV pieces, but then I decided to get a word set from the 25 most frequently used words in the lyrics. I took lyrics from “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” by Justin Timberlake, “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, and “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas.

Here are the words I ended up with: body, creeping, dance, dancing, feel, feeling, fill, god, gonna, gotta, imagine, keep, live, night, nobody, oh, rock, shut, smash, sometimes, spend, stop, tonight, top, yeah.

As I was writing, I found it fun to make the piece like song lyrics.

Feeling it

nobody imagine tonight
gotta dance (oh god)
gotta rock (oh yeah)
gotta dance (oh god)
gotta rock (oh yeah)
gotta dance (oh god)
gotta rock (oh yeah)

dancing feeling creeping
gonna smash (night live)
nobody stop (spend top)
gonna smash (night live)
nobody stop (spend top)
gonna smash (night live)
nobody stop (spend top)

body feel feeling
fill feeling (fill)
keep shut (keep)
fill feeling (fill)
keep shut (keep)
fill feeling (fill)
keep shut (keep)

I want it read slightly like the nonsense lyrics of a pop song like “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

There’s something fascinating to me about simplified writing such as poetry written by a computer, pidgin language, Rickyisms (malapropisms and eggcorns), Doge speak and All Your Base Are Belong to Us (broken English memes), SMS language, Internet slangNewspeak (maybe I can add Bellyfeel to the list of pieces?), and some other examples I can’t recall right now.

There’s a tinge of darkness to these lyrics as well. I wonder if I can make it into something like uncanny pop or spooky pop or nightmare pop.

This piece doesn’t feel done but I’m going to leave it be for now and revisit it later. Deciding when a piece is “done” is one of the hardest things to do.


This is Part 3 of “Feel” Project Behind-the-Scenes Blog.

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