Hi 6th and 7th hours!!
Today, both hours saw JC Brooks perform ( poet/songwriter/singer). He did perform mostly different things both periods except for one poem and one song. Personally, I saw him both last year and this year, and I think he's now in my list of top 5 favorites from Writers Week. I can tell you why I think this later (if you're interested), but now, I want to hear from all of you!!
There are two questions below. You need to respond to BOTH questions. If people have already written responses before you, you should read what others have written and respond to that as well. Try to not just repeat what others ahead of you have written.
1. JC Brooks said that, for him, he "lives his happiness," so he doesn't write a lot of upbeat, happy songs. He uses his writing to get him through the harder times in his life. Do you think that is true for a lot of songwriters and poets? Why do you think this? What about applying this idea to your own writing? What role does your emotional state play in your own writing? Why do you think this is the case?
2. Overall, what is your reaction to JC Brooks? (You don't have to like him just because I do!) Why do you have this reaction? Use specific examples here to explain your response.
1. I believe that using art as a stress-reliever is commonly used by many people, whether or not they are a songwriter or poet. It gets a person's mind off of what is troubling them by allowing them to concentrate on something else, but making it more emotional and personal. Doing this also keeps the person aware of what is going on around them instead being distracted by negative people or events around them. I use this method very often. It is easier for me to create a character and write similar problems, but actually solve them, unlike what I do in reality. A person's emotions can really affect their writing. Their feelings are reflected in their narration and dialogue, while also allowing them to fully understand what they are feeling. Thinking about something and actually writing it out is a completely different experience.
2. JC Brooks was really fun to watch, though a little unprepared and unrehearsed in terms of organization. Despite still recovering from his illness, his writing was raw and emotional (I hope he is okay, though, since he was singing for two periods straight). Personally, I believe that the chords he used in his music were whimsical and unexpected, playing into how the future is never what one might believe it to be.
1. I think that JC Brooks quote is very inspiring and very true. Almost all performers, artists, and writers express themselves through their works, yet I still think a lot of writers and artist are inspired by their good memories and good times and use that to make pieces of work that are just as great. That being said I do believe that ones emotional state plays a great factor in their writing. Writing can be used as an outlet for emotions like rage, sadness, or even happiness. Like we've talked about in class, many writers choose to write about what they know, and writing about ones emotions allows one to vent their feelings and for their writing to really be authentic.
2. Having seen JC Brooks 2 years in a row, I will not deny he has a lot of talent. I really enjoy his music and his poetry, which is a really big thing for me because I usually have little interest in poetry. Yet in all honesty I was a little disappointed this year. I really liked the pieces he displayed last year, and I was a little disappointed that he used some of the same material both years. Also he seemed really unorganized this year, forgetting some of the lines and running back and fourth to the piano. Also I was a little disappointed he didn't really explain a lot of his works, I really wanted to here the stories behind them and a more in depth explanation of the inspiration. Yet despite all this I really would like to see him come back and preform again because I really did enjoy seeing him.