Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Challenge Today: Theme Song for "I'm A Writer"

I won't go into all of the details which led to this discussion. Way personal (says the person on the brink - I hope - of publishing a memoir!) and it's a winding path to today.

The point is that today I was given a friendly challenge of coming up with a ditty or hummable (!) song with the pride and acceptance of the fact that "I'm A Writer." I am a writer and I've known that, but I'm also other things. But I was a co-editor and contributor for an anthology, I have a book of excerpts from my 2009 blog essays, I've had short stories and essays an poetry published, a short radio play produced (that was fun!), other short scripts and articles. And I recently submitted 119 pages of the memoir to a publishing company for a contest. I really put out there into the universe that I am a writer. Big time!

And the rest of my life goes on.

So I was given the task to come up with something to help remind me, keep me in touch with, acknowledge and maybe even celebrate that I Am A Writer.

It has been fun and we'll see if I come up with more. And I'd love to see what others have to say. Share them if you dare!

The first thing that came to mind as I was driving was the famous Monty Python "I'm A Lumberjack" song. I was singing to myself:

I'm a writer and I'm okay
I work all night
and I write all day ...

I didn't get beyond those words at the time, but added more after getting the lyrics (see below). So I went in search of YouTube videos and found many. This one below, is my favorite for many reasons. It is not Monty Python, as you will soon see.

Now, Monty Python was very good and very funny and I can hum along. Here is my expanded version:

I'm a writer and I'm okay
I work all night
and I write all day.

I pound out words. I drink coffee.
I go to the lavatory.
Wednesdays I walk to the post office
to send out my poems and stories.

She's a writer and she's okay
she works all night
and she writes all day.

But I still wasn't satisfied. Yes, I can expand my lumberwriter ditty more - but I went in search of something else. I found some interesting, some scary, some hilarious and some which didn't rock my proverbial boat at all. But I did find one thing...

I found this clip from the movie Barton Fink. Voila! Yes. This will do. It's not quite the challenge of a ditty to sing along with. But this is great.

"I'm a writer, you monsters! ... THIS is my uniform."

What would YOUR "I'm A Writer/Artist/Actor/Dancer/Composer..." song or ditty be?