I was first introduced to the genius of Tom Waits back in 2008 by a friend. I think, up until then, I'd been poisoned by the simplicity of mainstream radio.
Every once in a while, we meet someone who changes our lives, who sends us (or our interests, intellect, ideas) spiraling into new directions. My relationship to this person was monumental in the effect it had upon my musical interests, and in a way I think my writing began to flourish alongside the wide branching of my interests in film, books, and the lyrical appeal of musicians I'd never heard of.
Anyway, this is a song that has always inspired me. It's an older song, I think the unique brilliance of Waits' voice and the simplistic cinematography leaves quite an impression.
The song, itself, always made me reminisce old loves, imagine the interplay of chance meetings, a yellow moon and all the lonely people on a night train...the streets so full, yet everyone walking into the lonesome existence of their own solitary experiences.
So, for this week, I urge you to be inspired by the song.
Step 1: Watch the video and have a look at the lyrics.
Step 2: Gaze into the atmosphere of this night train, imagine you're standing right there on the corner of the street...the moon is aglow, faces of strangers peering from the windowed seats. Are you alone or with someone? Is there a chance meeting, a broken heart? What are the smells, sights, the weather? Where are you going, where have you come from? Embody this experience.
Step 3: Using the ideas from the scenario you imagined in step 2, use as many words as possible in this wordle to write your poem/flash/fiction/short story.
So, there you go, friends.
If you want to participate, write your poem and either post it below or link up to your blog post. I'd love to read what you come up with!
Or, as always, write on your own if you please. Just be inspired!