Betrayal-June 29, 2022

Okay, so this will be the last day of talking about Girl in a Band-promise! But I just finished the book today and in the last few chapters, Kim Gordon opens up about the end of her long marriage to Thurston Moore, who betrayed her to have an affair with another woman. Gordon’s life was upended and she was deeply hurt and betrayed. Although she is an incredibly strong woman, the death of her marriage was devastating, nonetheless.

For today’s prompt, write about a time when someone betrayed you.

Courage to go for it-June 28, 2022

I’m still reading Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band, and I’m continuing to be struck by how Kim didn’t really see herself as a musician, yet she made this amazing career from her time as a bassist in Sonic Youth. Even though she says she didn’t really have any musical training or talent, what I’m noticing by her story is that she did have courage and authenticity. She just went for it, throwing her entire being into making music and art, not worried about what others were going to say or think. It made me reflect on what is truly possible when we live with courage and stay true to our heart’s desires.

For today’s prompt, write about what you would do if you had the courage to just go for it and live out your heart’s desires.

The Art of Randomness-June 27, 2022

I am currently reading the memoir, Girl in a Band, by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. I’m currently about halfway through the book. In one chapter she recounts the early days of Sonic Youth–writing songs and starting to perform. In some of the band’s first songs, Gordon says that the members of the band all wrote down random lyrics and she “cherry-picked” some from the list, which she goes onto say is a method of working she still uses. Critics praises the lyrics and how “meaningful [they] were, not realizing how randomly they came about in the first place.”

For today’s prompt, channel Kim Gordon and put together some random lines (either from your own writing or you can pull from others) into a poem, song, or piece of prose. See where the art of randomness takes you.