Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Fun~ Music Videos

With the birth of MTV, music videos are all the rage. Book video trailers are gaining popularity also. To make interesting book trailers, I tend to mimic those that receive the most hits. Makes sense, right?

So, this week I've been watching music videos to stretch my creativity process. It's market research. Yeah, uh huh, uh huh. I'll go with that instead of wasting time that I could spend writing.

I was over at the Compuserve Books & Writers forum a lot this week and the sysop for the Writer's Workshop is named Margaret. When I have a question directed at her I usually entitle it, "Margaret, it's me again."

Another sysop chimed in and asked with a chuckle whether I got the line from the book by Judy Blume.  The title of her fourth grade reader is "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."

I had to admit that it was not the book I was thinking of. Shocker! A reader and children's author not relating a post to a book. Shame, shame Grandma Jam. Actually confession time, my children weren't into Judy Blume. They read things like Goosebumps by R.L. Stine and Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books. I know they were strange kids, but at least they were reading.

No, the title of my post came from this Ray Stevens' song and video.

I'm strange too, so they come by it naturally. Be careful Mom's when you mold young minds. Now I have no idea what this kind lady looks like. I'm just twisted like this.

What surprised me is Ray Stevens is still producing music and videos. I remember back in the 60's when he came out with "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills,""Ahab the Arab" and every Christmas, "Santa Claus is Watching You." Now sadly, most of his new material is strongly political in nature. Although the new songs are true to his style. You can see more of Ray Stevens HERE

Of course, I couldn't leave music music videos without watching Michael Jackson's Thriller again. With an unlimited budget just imagine what I could create for a book instead of being a meagerly published author. Zombie lore aside, I think if zombies could move like this I'd be terrified. Enjoy.

Keep writing and loving the Lord.


  1. I'm still a little torn on book trailers. I understand we're reaching larger audiences and they're good for visual people. But for the same reason I don't always want to see a book made into a movie, I want to have my own way of seeing it/ the characters, not be told how they are. Plus, if now that book trailers are becoming popular I'm going to have to figure out how to make them.

  2. Sara,
    Book trailers are a novelty, but just like a television commercial, it gives a 1-3 insight into your book. If you are making one, think of the blurb on the back of the book for a script.


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