I spend way too much time bitching about technology problems without praising the tech gods when things work. Such as the confluence of do-it-yourself music recording and social media that allows artists to create their work and get it out there without being beholden to some executive in suit. That is awesome and powerful.
How else would the world be able to discover original artists like PoetryMisses, who performs her spoken-word poetry to a beat and then posts to YouTube? Don’t let the smile fool you. She’s unapologetic, and she ain’t playing around.
PoetryMisses answers my questions below this clip, “Best for me,” a real slow burn of tension and angst. Listen as you read!
EJB: What made you decide to put your poetry to music?
PoetryMisses: I’ve been writing poetry since before the age of 10, and I’ve always had a strong passion for all genres of music; I just never saw myself actually doing it! Recently I started getting more serious about what I want to do with my life and decided my poetry needs to have more energy to it, because it just couldn’t be wasted. So, after I started playing around with the words and instrumentals, I knew I had found my niche.
EJB: How confident were you that you could make your poetry work with beats and rhythms?
PoetryMisses: You would be surprised how much I struggled in the beginning. To me, poetry is freedom with no limits, no exact number of words because I’m all about free verse. So, when you have only a certain number of bars and a certain beat to keep up with, it gets confusing. Practice truly does make you better at anything in life, because before you knew it, I was writing complete songs with confidence that came from nowhere.
EJB: Please tell us about your recording process.
PoetryMisses: My first step is to find a beat. I usually have a “beat finding” day when I get online to browse for the perfect sound I need. Depending on my mood of the day, the beat will be slower or fast paced. I usually don’t write on the same day, just so I can let the tunes sit in my head for a while. Then there is my writing process. First verse, chorus, second verse, and whatever else comes behind that. I usually have had the same mundane writing process since I’ve started rapping, but I love EVERY step. I record myself most days. It’s very stress relieving when I can do it alone, but my daughter always wants to “spit” right along with me. Recording for me is pretty straightforward. I don’t like to waste time.
PoetryMisses: It’s simple: My life. I can only write about and share what I know and have been through. There used to be a ton of unhappiness, being lost as a teenager, and love. Now I try to focus more on the happiness, freedom, and pure love for life. My dreams are what inspire me to write. I used to hate the way my mind would expand when I was younger. Now, as an adult, it’s what fuels me. To be able to share the countless wonders that float by in my head means everything to me.
EJB: What do you hope to do with your music?
PoetryMisses: Inspire! That is truly my main mission. To let everyone know that you can have the life you want and be who you want to be without caring what the next person thinks. I want to spread happiness. That’s the only way to live.
EJB: What do people need to know about you?
PoetryMisses: That’s a pretty tough question. I’m still learning and creating myself each day. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I love myself and I love the mission that God has planned for me. Listening to my music will tell you everything you need to know! I’m what you call a “privately open” person. My past is what has made me and besides being a mother, inspiring people and letting you know it’s okay to love yourself and be happy even when life is taking more than giving, is what I’m here for.
Ok, here’s PoetryMisses’ self-introduction in the form of a poetic monologue that appears to be totally off the cuff, since she’s sitting in a car. The language gets pretty rough, so proceed only if you are ok with naked honesty . And F bombs.