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JUST WHO THE HELL ARE WE WRITING FOR?

“So, who’s you’re target demographic?”

“You’re writing a book? Who’s it for?”

“You have to have a target demographic in mind, right?

“Who are you trying to appeal to?”

At first glance, these questions don’t seem too noteworthy or–to some of you dear readers–they may even seem very easy to answer. But they all have one thing in common: they all pertain to my story’s target demographic. Obviously.

And personally, they are one of the most difficult questions I’ve ever been asked! I have never been able to give a concise answer to any question regarding demographic!

Ever since I officially started writing, I’ve felt as though I’ve gained a nice understanding of how the writing process works; personally, the writing process is as follows: plan, draft, revise, edit, and finalize. But one thing hasn’t changed at all: I have yet to understand the reason behind figuring out one’s target demographic.

Seriously, though, nothing about the process says anything about who’s going to read your future magnum opus. While I would assume that would go under the “plan” stage of the writing process, predicting who’s going to read your work is easier said than done.

Call me a cynic or whatever, but I’ve also found the concept of knowing your target demographic beforehand to be utterly ridiculuous. I have always been a personal believer of the phrase “There is no accounting for taste.” At first I usually associate that phrase with food ( 🀀 ), but you can really apply it to anywhere, writing included.

This brings me to the main reason why I don’t really take demographics into consideration while I write: ultimately, I have no idea what people are going to love or hate.

Credits go to iStock.

Let’s use my own WIP as an example for a moment. My own book that I’m writing, Sight of a New Home, would fall into the fantasy genre–what type of fantasy still remains to be seen. The general summary–as of right now–is about a 15-year old girl who is drafted into a mercenary facility after she accidently thwarts a terrorist attack on her home.

Even from that brief summary, there might be some aspects to this story that people might not like. Firstly, I am aware that there are people out there who don’t like the fantasy genre. There are also people that don’t like stories about mercenaries or 15-year old girls. Finally, there are also people out there that don’t like stories about terrorism.

“Wow, Kagura, are you so pessimistic that you’ll just assume that everyone will hate your story?”

Well, okay, that’s just worst case scenario. Obviously, there will be some people that will like some aspects of my story while simultaneously disliking other aspects.

People are multi-faceted, ya know?

Image is from Truity

So what are my final thoughts on this topic?

In my opinion, I really don’t think that you should take target demographic into account if you’re still writing. For those of you that are in that drafting stage, my suggestion to you would be to just focus on writing and developing your story.

With that being said, I’m not sure how to help out those of you in the planning stage of the writing process. Even when I was in the planning stage, I didn’t really focus on appealing to a certain demographic. I was mainly interested in establishing my main cast and overall setting.

My only real advice to those in the planning stage is to keep track of what people are into, but keep it original too.

Notice: The (Near) Future of the Mermaid’s Den

Hopefully, you’ve read the actual post, but there’s something I’d like to inform you all about the future of the Mermaid’s Den. Or the near future, at least.

First off, I want to make something clear: I don’t plan on quitting. Sure the going might get rough, but with how much fun I have posting, it’s worth it.

You might have noticed that it took about 2 weeks to get this post out. I also missed posted my weekly Instrumental Inspiraton on Twitter.

Well, I have an explanation for the lack of posts: I’m back in school (among other things) and now my schedule isn’t as open as it used to be. And needless to say, I can’t exactly help that.

As a result, it would be wise to expect an irregular posting routine from me, moreso than what you’d probably expect from me. This isn’t to say that I won’t try to post on time; I’m still working on setting a definite schedule for this blog. I still want to update it frequently.

All I ask of you dear readers is that you please bear with me.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for understanding and I’ll see you in the next post! πŸ˜‰

Celebrating the 40th: Where I Like to Write

Well, even if I wasn’t celebrating something, I would probably still make this post. Seems like something I would share with you lot anyways.

What am I celebrating, you might ask? Well, allow me to explain.

Three weeks ago, I wrote my 40th Instrumental Inspiration and posted it on Twitter. For those of you who don’t know, Instrumental Inspirations are a writing prompt I do every Wednesday. I pick a song from anywhere–as long as it’s instrumental–and I write whatever comes to mind.

Every 20 of these babies that I write, I decide to do something special, usually something writing-related. When I reached my 20th milestone, for example, I decided to show off the notebook in which I write these prompts.

Now that I’ve reached my 40th milestone, I’d like to up the ante a bit.

I would like to showcase to you dear readers where I like to write… besides my house, of course.

Where the hard work happens

For the most part, I don’t really have a particular place where I like to write. If I have my notebooks on hand, then all I have to do is find someplace comfotable, plug in my earbuds and write away while I listen to music.

But there are two places that I visit more frequently than any other place. And at those two places, I usually find myself getting a lot of work done.

The first place I find myself frequenting when it comes to is my local Barnes and Noble. While I’m obviously not going to give you the specifics as to where it is, I can say that it doesn’t take me too long to get there.

When I do get there, though, I usually get lost in a sea of books, writing, and music. And it feels so nice! ❀

One of the best things about my local book store is the small Starbucks that’s in the corner. So whenever I’m in need of a drink–or really in the need for something sweet, to be honest–I can always go there.

Let’s just say that I have quite the sweet tooth. πŸ˜…

And yes, I do check out the books over here. While I do check out the manga–as you can probably see from the gallery–I also look at other genres, such as fantasy and romance novels. But as of late, I’ve looking at books of the arts and craft variety. Needless to say, this place stimulates my creativity in the best possible way.

This Barnes and Noble is actually a part of a mall, which means there are other places that are close, be it restaurants or just plain-ol’ stores. Therefore, whenever I want to take a break or get something to eat–and whenever I don’t want to be restricted to Barnes and Noble–I can always venture out and explore.

That’s really something I value, especially given the amount of time I’m sitting down, something that really sets this place apart from the other place I frequent: my public library.

This is why I’m writer, not a photograper. πŸ˜‚

Anyways, my public library is the other place I like to go to write. This place is even closer to my house than Barnes and Noble, so there’s our first plus.

Another plus is that unlike the book store, the library is a lot quieter, as you probably would expect from a library. But it’s definitely a plus for me because I can’t stand crowded places. This isn’t to say my Barnes & Noble is crowded, but it’s definitely not the first place I would go to for some alone time. Then again, I usually have earbuds with me, so it probably doesn’t make any difference in the end.

This should probably go without saying, but yes, I do look around for books here too. But in terms of book selection, I would probably choose Barnes & Noble; they have a better amount/variety of books and I don’t have to worry about returning them.

But overall, what I really like about my library is the atmosphere. This might have something to do with it being how close my library is to where I live, but there’s something cozy about it.

Where I usually work on writing/blogging. I can just picture myself having breakfast here. 🀀

And that’s pretty much it for places I like to write. There are several other places that I like to write, but these two place came to mind when I started writing this post, most likely due to how often I frequent them.

Another thing I’d like to clarify is that I’m not saying that these to places are my favorite. Although Barnes & Noble is a very nice contender for the spot, I don’t have a particularly favorite spot in mind. If I did, it would probably be the place where I’m the most comfortable.

With that out of the way, I would love to leave a parting question for you, dear readers ❀ :

How to Write a Villanelle

Hooray! More poetry!

Like my other poetry lesson, this is something that I picked up when I was in school. I’m going to teach you dear readers how to write a form of poetry that I picked up when I was taking my Lit class: the Villanelle… at least to the best of my ability. πŸ˜…

Of course, we need to start off with establishing what a villanelle is.

As you’ve probably already guessed, a villanelle is a poetic form, similar to an English sonnet. However, unlike the English sonnet–which I think is characterized by always being iambic pentameter–a villanelle is characterized by the following things.

  • Five three-line stanzas
  • Final quatrain
  • The first and third lines of the first stanza must repeat alternately in the following stanzas
  • Those two repeating lines must be the final couplet in the final quatrain

I just want to appreciate the fact that I actually took notes before actually making this post. I feel so proud of myself. 😊

Anyways, before I move on, I want to define some of the terms that I just used. Consider it a mini-lesson, or a lesson within a lesson.

  • Quatrain– a simple four-lined stanza, usually following one of these patterns:
    • ABAC
    • ABCB
    • AABB
    • ABAB
    • ABBA
    • AABA
  • Couplet– “a pair of successive rhyming lines, usually of the same length” according to the Poetry Foundation.
More clarification on how the villanelle rhyming scheme works. Image is from Pinterest.

So while taking notes for this post, I found a few notable villanelles that I recognized from my Literature class. Some of the these notable villanelles include Dylan Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and Elizabeth Bishop’s One Art.

However, I learned of a few other villanelles, such as The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson, If I Could Tell You by W. H. Auden, and even Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath. I didn’t even realize that Plath wrote a villanelle.

Upon looking for more villanelles to include in this post, I came across another page entitled “The Best Villanelles in English Poetry,” which featured even more villanelles. I highly recommend that you take a look at the list and read a few of them.

In my opinion, the best way to learn is through experience; in this case, reading a few villanelles to actually get a good impression of the style.

So to help you out with that, I decided to post on this post Elizabeth Bishop’s One Art. It’s one of my favorite villanelles:

" The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

--Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster. "

As you can probably see from One Art, the repeating lines don’t exactly have to be the exact same as the first and third lines from the first stanza. Feel free to use variations of those lines instead.

So in conclusion, there are a few rules to follow when you want to write a villanelle, or any form of poetry. I can see how that can be a turn-off for people who want to write whatever they want. But feel free to implement your own style in your poetry.

And I’ll say it again: one of the best ways to improve your writing–poetry or otherwise–is to look at the work of others. Not only does it help to look at how the pros do it, it could even clue you in on some of the techniques that they use.

I hope you found something worthwhile here. Thanks for reading. ❀

Lyrics: Erza vs. Erza

This is a challenge that I took up from one of my good friends. She didn’t explicitly challenge me to write this, she just remarked how awesome it would be if I wrote lyrics to this track. And after a while, I just thought to myself, “You know what? Let’s do this.”

So if you want to blame anyone for this post, blame my friend.

The lyrics start at 0:24 in the video below, for those wanting to sing. Are people wanting/attempting to sing these? Please let me know! I’m genuinely curious!

Credits go to Manga OST/AnimΓ© for the video.

Say, oh say, can you see her?
Scarlet as the locks of her hair.
When she turns the wheel of heaven,
Knights will fall (while she's dancing with the fairies!)

Say, oh say, can you see her?
Wild as her heart and her soul.
When she has you in her crosshairs,
Blood will flow (while she's laughing in the darkness!)

"Traitor, who are you?
You have my face, but you're no ally!"
Rivalries are born
With swords and spears and bursts of flame.
Settling the score,
The world around them starts to crumble.
Magic disappears,
For all is lost! It's just a painful dream!

And the melody of warfare goes on and on. (nanananana)
Among the blue sky, there are fairies.
Among the fairies, there are dragons.

But the hunter still prowls the skies
With blood and vengeance in her eyes.
Her rage and hatred shall be cast away
With the brilliance of a morning star!

Oh, the great clash of sword and spear
Leaves the earth fractured and divided.
The holy spear will split the skys in half
And the fairie's sword will smite the fangs of ill.

Underneath all that pride and hatred
Lies a gentle, beating heart.
Her blood-soaked hands shall be washed away
So the Fairy Queen may guide her to the light!

When I write lyrics, I usually get tired of the song after listening to it about 5 times. But that wasn’t the case for Erza vs. Erza. No matter how many times I listened to this song, I never got tired of it. I even sang along sometimes.

Though now that I’ve written this, that probably won’t be the case anymore. πŸ˜“

But one thing I didn’t get tired of was the actual process of writing these lyrics. Sure it was hard and I may have had thoughts of giving up, but I’m glad I managed to pull through.

Needless tosay, this song was tough to write lyrics for, but I’m glad this turned out the way I wanted.

Challenge complete! 😁

Always Show, Don’t Tell! Really?

Show, don’t tell: one of the most fundamental rules of writing. I have no doubt that the writing community has been exposed to this rule at least once. I’ve always made this a priority when it comes to writing.

But, as you can probably tell from the title, that rule isn’t exactly set in stone.

Yeah, don’t think that “tell” part on the phrase Show, don’t Tell is completely useless yet.

My “show and Tell” Bible

Before I actually get into the point of this post, I want to quickly name the book that I’ll be citing throughout this post.

The title of this book is called The Making of the Story by Alice Laplante. I had to by this for a class I was taking for college. You can order this book online for either $13.44 (new) or $11.75 (used).

This is what the book should look like. Credits go to the Barnes and Noble website.

There. That didn’t take too long now, did it?

Anyways, if there’s one thing this book sets up right off the bat, it’s that the advice Show don’t Tell is probably the most common piece of advice that people give writers. And I would agree. Lord knows how many times this piece of advice has been taught to me in every English class I’ve taken.

But the book also foreshadows a single problem with that piece of advice:

“The only problem is, it’s wrong.

“Well, wrong is perhaps too strong a word. Let’s say that it’s certainly not always right. And it could be wrong for you. Very wrong. Even if it was right for Ernest Hemingway, or is still right for Richard Ford, or for Tobias Wolff.”

Alice LaPlante | Why You Need to Show and Tell (pg. 204)

Hell, just below the chapter title is the phrase: Or, why the most common piece of adivce given to beginning writers is misleading.

And personally, after re-reading this chapter, I do agree with this piece of advice, but to an extent. I do think we should be encouraging beginning writers to “show,” as in making the stories as concrete as words will allow. At the same time, however, there are parts of the story that are better left being “told.”

Let’s take a moment to define the terms “show” and “tell” right now. Again, I will be citing LaPlante’s book for this.

  • Show dramatizing, or “‘to be adaptable to be adaptable dramatic form.'” Think of the imagery that poets use in their poetry; “painting a picture with words.”
  • Tell “summary or narration,” or “directly communicating or describing to the reader what is happening in a creative work.” Essentially a rundown of the events in a story.

Further citing the book, here are a list of things that should either be shown or told. Of course, this list isn’t the “end all, be all,” but know that this includes more:

  • What should be shown:
    • dialogue (duh!)
    • “actions and reactions among characters”
    • “objective descriptions” of settings and objects; think of describing a place or an item in very great detail.
  • What should be told:
    • history or background information about the setting or events
    • Any definitons or explanations
    • Analysis or commentary
    • “Fiddling with the ‘clock’ of the ongoing piece”

To clarify, that last bullet point has to with going back or forth or pretty much anywhere in time within the story.

However, I have some mixed feelings about the first bullet point. I still thing history and background can be shown in some ways, such as through dialogue. If showing isn’t possible, however, you could just narrate it.

At the end of the day, I suppose it all comes down to personal preference. Your style of writing is your own. You can take the advice that I’ve given or not. Personally, I think it’s important for writers to be able to shape their style any way they see fit.

And this post is not meant to convince people that “Show, don’t Tell” is bad. I don’t think this piece of advice is all bad. But it certainly has its own set of flaws.

“So why do so many well-meaning–and competent!–creative writing instructors use ‘show not tell’ as their mantra?

Because good telling is difficult to do.”

Alice LaPlante | The Making of a Story (pg. 216)

The book states that this all stems from a need to be as concrete as possible when storytelling. And I do agree with this. My personal philosophy is that writing is just painting a picture with words. Just like with actual painting, it’s important to capture every detail to make one’s work as good as possible.

“Ideally, these two elements of writing are organically intertwined. That is, what we tell doesn’t just echo or repeat what we show. We use the two together to achieve whatever effect we want. When a section of “telling” can be eliminated without taking away from a creative work’s meaning, then by all means cut it, and allow the showing to carry the piece.”

Alice LaPlante | The Making of a Story (pg. 216)

So if you’re going to take away anything from this post, let it be this: your writing style is your own. Whether you just want to show everything or even just tell everything–I would still recommend showing some stuff though–at the end of the day, it’s all up to good ol’ personal preference.

I feel as though this is pretty disorganized, especially when compared to other posts. But hopefully you can understand my points.

All I ask is that you write in whatever style suits you the most, dear readers and writers! ❀

The Fate of the Mangled Wig

Previously on: A tale of a Mangled Wig

“So will my Kagura wig be revitalized to its former glory? Or will it forever remain a tangled mess that someone could use to mop the floor?”

Kagura’s (or Izzy’s) Ramblings #11

Now…

Yeah, considering how I ended my last post, this one was pretty inevitable.

I was originally going to put off finishing up my wig for another day when I came back home on Monday (the day I posted the original post). But the minute I saw my wig in its sorry state, I knew I just had to finish.

And thus, the arduous task of brushing my wig continued thusly.

By far the worst part of the wig that needed brushing.

For the most part, I was able to detangle 2/3 of my wig .

But as I was brushing I realized that the right side of my wig was the most tangled (something that you can probably see from the picture above). When I saw how badly that was tangled, I was hellbent on quitting; my line of thought immediately changed to: “That’s it. Game over. Fuck this wig. I’m throwing it away and getting a new one.”

But saner minds prevailed, and I tackled the beast. 😈

I still don’t know how I brushed this monster out.

Actually, scratch that, I do know how. The key is to use your fingers to free some strands of hair from the knotted hair, use a shit ton of wig conditioner, and combing smaller strands of the tangled hair. When all else fails, cut the knot out altogether. If you want to ask, yes, I did need to take a pair of scissors to my wig more than once.

Anyways, after brushing out that monster:

  • I used some wig shampoo and washed my wig in cold water (I followed Alexa Poletti’s How to Wash a Wig for this step).
  • I let it soak in said water overnight.
  • After rinsing the wig, I placed it on a towel (on a flat surface) and let it air dry for 24 hours.

I just realized that I’m paraphrasing Alexa’s washing video at this point. I told you she taught me a few things from her wig series. πŸ˜‚

Anyways, the photos below are the results of the long and arduous brushing/washing process!

I want to clarify something: I did not brush my wig after washing it. After putting it on the wig head, I just did some finger-combing and the wig just went back to being smooth and silky.

Easily the best thing about this is the fact that I can run my fingers through my wig again! With little to no problem, I might add. I did find some small knots at the ends of the hair, but I was able to easily detangle them by freeing the hair strands with my fingers.

Words cannot express how proud I am after doing this. Not only does this save me the trouble of buying another wig–which I thought would happen while I was brushing it–but it kinda makes me feel like I can take care of any future wigs I might get for cosplay. I don’t really consider myself a cosplayer–it’s more of a very casual hobby for me–but after refurbishing my wig, my interest in cosplay has definitely been revitalized.

I really look forward to wearing this wig again. Hopefully when it’s colder; I’m not wearing my Kagura costume in the summer again. Jeezus, that was torture.

A Tale of a Mangled Wig

Firstly, I want to apologize for taking too long to post. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a nice streak of posting once a week. It’s such a shame that I broke that streak. Truly.

With that aside, though, I want to tell a story about something that has piqued my interest as of late: wigs.

I have this lovely wig for–you guessed it–Kagura Mikazuchi, a wig that I have worn at least twice to Otakon as part of–you guessed it again–a Kagura Mikazuchi cosplay. The con was fun overall and I even got recognized by a few people, but I noticed that my wig was tangled after the two days that I spent over there.

The sad state of my Kagura wig (as of today)… 😦

Naturally, I was worried about it and at first, I thought just washing it and combing it while it was wet would be a good idea; after all, that’s what I would do to my actual hair. But that didn’t work out too well. I can’t remember if it made the wig even worse or not, though.

That’s when I found a wig series made by beauty YouTuber Alexa Poletti. I must say, she makes this sort of stuff look easy. In particular, I’ve been watching her How to Brush a Wig video and I was amazed at what I learned. It made me think to myself: “Well, if she can brush that mess out, surely I can do the same to the mop that my Kagura wig has become, right?”

If you’re an amateur cosplayer and need help caring for your wigs, then I recommend this series without hesitation!

Credits go to Alexa Poletti for the video. Click here for her entire wig series.

Anyways, thanks to Alexa’s series, I managed to get my hands on some shampoo and conditioner–for synthetic hair, of course. And following Alexa’s wig brushing tutorial, I’ve been trying to brush out my Kagura wig myself.

As of today, about 1/3 of my wig can be brushed out rather smoothly, and I make absolutely sure that I keep the brushed hair from the rest of the tangled mess.

My only real complaint is something especially petty: brushing this wig is so goddamn time-consuming! Seriously, it took about 3 hours to brush that 1/3 of my wig! However, this is mainly because I’m pretty hit-or-miss when it comes to patience; if something takes forever, I have a tendency to rush. But given the messed up state of my wig, I don’t think I can afford to rush this.

…but there just might be hope for this wig πŸ™‚

So will my Kagura wig be revitalized to its former glory? Or will it forever remain a tangled mess that someone could use to mop the floor?

At the time of posting this, not even I know. But given that part of my wig can be brushed without issue, I guess I can do it. But that still remains to be seen.

So if you have to take away anything from this post, it’s three things:

  1. There is alway a way to care for/restore your wigs.
  2. Wigs are not real hair (unless they’re made from real hair).
  3. IF ANYONE USES MY KAGURA WIG TO MOP THEIR FLOOR, I’LL KICK THEIR ASS! 😑

Lyrics: Bramble Blast

Well, it seems like the previous lyrics I wrote were an ode of what was to come, because now I’ve come back to writing lyrics on Bramble Blast. I say “come back” beccause I tried writing lyrics to this song in the past–by translating English lyrics to Japanese in Google Translate.

Word of advice, dear readers: if you want to write lyrics in another language, make sure you’re fluent in said language. Never use Google Translate.

This time around, the lyrics actually begin at 0:36 in the video below. Just in case you want to know where you should start singing. πŸ˜‰

Credits go to mistersiraj11neditio for the video.
I can fly!
Walk into this world with no regrets.
I can jump!
And learn to see the world with open eyes.
Fly high! Be free!
Your life is one big adventure!
So hurry up! Go on! And see just what you're worth!

Come close to me and see
That you are never alone.
Seek me out and you'll see
That this is all for you.

Why do you run so far away from me?
It's okay to cry, so I'll let you know,
With all my power, that I want to see you.
Take a chance! Take my hand and enter paradise!

That is exactly what this song sounds like: paradise. ❀

I wish that I had another picture that I post here so that this post wasn’t so devoid of life. But unfortunately, that’s not the case this time around. It’s not as easy as Final Fantasy III, where I can just play the game and take a screenshot.

But in any case, I hope you enjoyed these lyrics for what they’re worth. This was a lot harder than last time; I have school to take care of and even the dreaded writer’s block struck again.

Thanks for reading and happy singing! πŸ˜€

Oldies Really are Goldies

Okay, so is it Oldies but Goldies or Oldies but Goodies? Because I’ve seen both and I’m not sure if there’s a correct term or something.

Either way, though, let’s get to the point: I’ve been of the habit of listening to some super old songs that I haven’t listened to in a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time. As a result, nostalgia’s setting in and I’ve been listening to them non stop.

And I wanna share them with you, dear readers. In no particular order.

Passion – The Flirts

Credits go to Altra Moda Music for the video.

Let’s start off with the song that I’m sure will get stuck in people’s heads after you’re done reading this! Now this one’s a personal favorite of mine. ❀

When I was a kid, I didn’t really like this song at first because the first part sounds like someone dialing on an old flip phone. Now, as a young adult, after listening to the rest of it, I decided that it was actually very good. It’s funky, sassy, and catchy all at once. I guarantee that you’ll want some P-A-S-S-I-O-N after even just one listen. Seriously, I could groove to this song, and in fact, I have!

Love Shack – B-52’s

Credit goes to the B-52’s (obviously)

Ever need of an upbeat song to listen to while you walk your dog? Well, this song will help you fulfill that role rather nicely. It’ll also get that adrenaline pumpin’ too. πŸ˜€ This song–like Passion–was another one I listened to as a kid; obviously I didn’t really understand what the song was about. As a young adult, though–I still don’t know what the song is about.

But I digress. You don’t need to be an adult to appreciate the funkiness of the Love Shack. The overall tune of the song sounds like something you would hear in an old TV show, like Full House or Golden Girls. Like Passion, this is another one that you’ll dance to, guaranteed. If you haven’t listened to it already, give it a listen. I recommend it without hesitation.

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

Credits go to LouBegaofficial for the video.

You’ll notice a theme with the songs that I’ve listed so far: I’ve listened to them when I was a kid. Mambo Number 5 is no exception. But after listening to it for the first time in a while, all I could feel was nostalgia. Oh, and let’s not forget the urge to dance. I don’t think I would like the song if it didn’t give me the urge to dance, at least. πŸ˜€

Nowadays, whenever I play this song, I always think of a group of beautiful women line-dancing in those frilly, poofy dresses. Although, not even I know if they’re the ladies that Lou Bega names in the song! How hilarious!

Also, for any anime fans reading this, this is the perfect harem song!

september – Earth, Wind, and Fire

Obviously belongs to Earth, Wind & Fire

Yeah, that “I first listened to this song as a kid” trend ends here. Unlike the first three songs, I’ve actually heard this song occassionally on the radio. While driving. Don’t dance while driving, dear readers. You’ll regret it.

Anyways, September has to be one of my favorite songs made by Earth, Wind & Fire. I like it a lot more than In the Stone and Let’s Groove (yeah, I said it!). The song just has such a joyous air to it that I can’t help but smile whenever it starts to play. I get that same positive vibe from the music video too, when all the members are just smiling and singing. This is a song that I would recommend listening to when you’re feeling down.

For those readers that are feeling down, hopefully this song will cheer you up.

Grease Lightning – John Travolta

Credits go to profbaratinha

Last but not least, we shift from a song meant to cheer people up (in my opinion) to a song that’s you’ll get addicted to for sure. Seriously, after the first listen in a while, I couldn’t get the song out of my head. It also made me look up some other Grease songs, like Summer Nights.

Grease Lightning has to be my favorite song in the entirety of the Grease musical. The execution, the dance number, everything about this song just does it for me. Like September, this song not only cheers me up, but it gets me in the mood to dance, too. I swear, if you find me doing the dance number in public, you’ll understand after listening to this song.

Also, John Travolta’s hips! ❀

When I finally have the chance to desperately rewatch Grease (I only remember bits and pieces of it) , I’m going to impatiently wait for this song and enjoy it to the fullest when it finally plays! πŸ˜€

I think I might do another one of these posts another time. I like talking about songs that I like. Now if I could only organize my thoughts better. Phew…