World, Meet Queen Kendra

I wrote a song.


To some, this may not seem like a big deal, but to me it is.  I love everything about music, but my favourite element of song is definitely the lyrics.  The words to a song help tell a story and convey emotion.  They have the ability to connect to an audience in ways different than a novel or movie.

I have always wanted to write a song, but I’m someone with commitment issues.  I would easily get through the first verse and chorus before either a) getting bored or b) losing inspiration.  Choosing to focus on song writing for ZIP was intended to not only to improve my writing skills, but also to challenge myself by having to go through with an idea.

The process began with the analysis of some of my favourite songs; Outsiders (Against the Current), Little Game (Ben J Pierce), and A Capella (Chase Goehring).  In these songs, I looked for common rhyming patterns, as well as some of the 13 Ways to Spice Up Your Writing.  By going over these songs, I realized that different artists use a different combination of techniques to their advantage.  It was a big relief to have the knowledge that there was no exact template I would need to use in my song, and it could go in whatever direction I would like.

In terms of finding inspiration for my song, I was pretty lucky.  I was expecting to spend days excessively searching for inspiration and inevitably end up writing a rap about Spongebob Squarepants (which would have honestly been really fun).  However, a post popped up on my Facebook timeline that gave me a huge burst of inspiration.  The post, that speaks of social anxiety, gave me a lot of ideas to get my song going.  By using what was said in the post, as well as some of my own thoughts, the lyrics to my song began coming easily.  Within a few days, the draft for Slowly Shattering was finished.

Once this song was totally complete, I began to edit an old, awkward-sounding song I began over the summer titled You Are My Light.  Using the techniques learned from both the song analysis, and now the experience from writing Slowly Shattering, I was able to change the cringe-worthy sections of the song.  I can honestly say that now, the song sounds and flows much better.  Due to my paranoia of someone coming across this blog and stealing my future award-winning songs (hey, it’s possible), I will not be posting the song here.  Though, if any of you are interested, I would be happy to show you what I wrote.

Even though the main task and goal of this project was to work on my song writing, I have to admit, my favourite part of this project was getting to perform my song.  Introducing the TALONS to Queen Kendra awesome.  Plus, performing alongside the one and only Bang Tang Zhang was a blast.  I felt so much pride once we finished the song and I don’t hesitate to say that I would absolutely love to perform it again.

Final Statement

My name Madame Roland and it’s been a year since November 8th.  The day I died.  They arrested me, along with the other Girondists, five months beforehand.  There was nothing for me to fret about, nor was there a need to escape back to a world once influenced by monarchy.  As my fate was already set, why would I spend my last months rotting in a cell, when I could be productive?  By staying composed, I used my time wisely by writing memoirs to tell about my experiences during the revolution, as well as share my views on politics and life — still being quite influenced by the works of Plutarch, Voltaire, and Rousseau.  I remember the day of the execution like it was yesterday.  On my way to death by the guillotine, I muttered my final words, “Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!”

An Update

Dear Sophie,

I hope you have been well since I last heard from you.  Things here have been picking up since my last letter.  My husband and I still continue to work together, but now in a different job where I have a different role. I am no longer just an editor for my husband’s work, but I am more involved.  Now that the revolution is really picking up, a man by the name of Brissot, has hired the  two of us to be a part of the Patriote Francais.  As a fellow Girondist, we met Brissot during one of the many salon meeting we attended.  Brissot acts as a leader to the Girondin faction, though he still is midful of us all as equals.

While on the topic of salons, just a few weeks ago I decided to open and host my very first meeting.  Though I have attended these events before, this one was different.  I put this political salon together myself.  At first it was a little slow with few people coming in, but soon the most popular were entering such as my publisher and fellow Girondin, Brissot, as well as some big figures who I may disagree with such as Robspierre.  I got to hear a lot of varying thoughts from these people.  Myself however, I continued to sit back and observe.  I have been to salons where the only thing the hostests desire are attention.  I have no desire for attention, instead I desire knowledge.  Though, I don’t stay completely silent.  After the meetings, I frequently go off to speak with a few attendees and share my opinions on life in France and politics.  I tell them all that I still believe in a republic.

We shall see how things go from here…

~Madame Roland


A Letter

To my dearest friend Sophie,

Recently, I have been reflecting on my trip to the beautiful Versailles.  I thought to write to you today because I remember that I sent you a very excited letter the day I returned home.  Can you believe it’s been 6 years?  Time flies, especially when your mind does too.

The trip was what really set my opinions, on government, in stone.  Ever since reading Plutarch’s work at age nine, I’ve always been a fan of having a republic.  Being in Versailles and seeing the standard ways of an absolute monarchy has only confirmed that my opinions are not insane.  I feel a perfect government would consist of well-meaning ministers, a prince with the desire to do good, a well-doing queen, a pleasant court, and charming people who show love towards their master.  Our current monarchy is not quite hitting that.

I hope that one day people may recognize that something along the lines of a republic will do better for this country.  That maybe monarchy isn’t the only way this country has to go.  One day I want to open the publics’ eyes to this perspective.

For now however, I will continue to work with my husband by agreeing to read, edit, and check over his work.  Currently, he is much more “in” on the issues than myself.  In addition, I am beginning to attend some of his meetings.  I do all of this together in hopes of educating myself.  I will sit back, listen, read, and research.  Become an expert on these topics.  I say, I need study as I need food.  Once I learn more about our systems and how they work, I will take my leap.  Though the first hop may be small, someday I will jump high enough to shine.  I hope you will be there as my supporter when this day comes.

I hope all is well with you and I wish to see you again soon,

Madame Roland