USING CREATIVE WRITING, POETRY, PROSE & SONG LYRICS - TO EXPRESS YOURSELF & YOUR INNER EMOTIONS! my creative twist on the fresh prince of bel air theme tune, in order to share with you a story of a rewarding life experience.

Using CREATIVE WRITING / POETRY / PROSE & SONG LYRICS, to express yourself & your inner emotions towards different experiences in life!

Using Creative Writing, Poetry, Prose and Song Lyrics – to express yourself & your inner emotions, towards different experiences in life!

Throughout my creative work journey I have used words in many ways to express myself and to give others a platform to express themselves too.

One of my favourite projects with young people, that I planned, organised, managed and facilitated, was called PAYP – which stood for ‘Positive Actions for Young People’. It was funded by The Big Lottery Fund to provide a broad range of activities to help divert young people from taking part in criminal activity.

So some of the young people on the project were referred by Youth Offending Service, special education services when children have been taken out of mainstream school because of bad behaviour, identified as ‘at risk offending’ etc.

We contracted in a local artist DJ Moyma, I’m gladly still in touch with and he is still available for music workshops (Click on his name to go to his website in a new window). He delivered music based sessions each day for five days, which included learning how to use vinyl turntables, mixing, scratching and writing lyrics for music.

At the end of the five days we had a sharing for parents and friends to attend where the young people performed their own songs they had written or displayed their mixing and scratching skills on the decks. Seeing all their parents smiling faces and their feelings of achievement and accomplishment was heartwarming! They all took home a CD with all their tracks on too. Obviously the practical side of the workshops were left to the professional, but of course I had a go at ‘trying’ to be ‘DJ Hels Bells’!

DJ and lyric writing sessions for young people at risk of offending. creative work therapy. music therapy. art therapy. writing therapy.

“DJ Hels Bells on the decks” – put it this way, I’m better at posing that actually scratching lol 😉

Away from my project management role, I got to also use my creative writing skills with the participants when it came to the part of the timetable where they wrote their own song lyrics. My approach was more from a poetry background than specifically song lyrics.

However, being talented in this area meant we could split into smaller groups between me & Moyma to work with the young people on a more intimate level, as 1-2-1’s worked better for this part of the project where they were sharing emotional expressions. It had some of them feeling vulnerable and transparent, yet others were confident and outspoken – but seeing all of their journeys was rewarding.

 

THE THERAPEUTIC POWER OF WRITING:

Remembering this project gave me a great idea… to write a poem or song to express my feelings about an emotional event in my life recently. That is my whole experience of growing my hair over a three-year period, to then cut off 12 inches of hair to donate to the charity ‘The Little Princess Trust’ who provide children with natural wigs after they have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illness.

The outcome below is my creative twist on ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ theme tune. A song/rap of someone sharing their physical journey with you of moving house. I felt it a fitting song for sharing not only my physical hair journey with you – every step of the way from growing it, to cutting it off!  But also my emotional journey during this experience too – as it really was like an emotional rollercoaster ride!

USING CREATIVE WRITING, POETRY, PROSE & SONG LYRICS - TO EXPRESS YOURSELF & YOUR INNER EMOTIONS! my creative twist on the fresh prince of bel air theme tune, in order to share with you a story of a rewarding life experience.

I chose this picture of me as I felt it was me embodying my imaginary inner rapper 😉 Question is –  WHAT DO YOU THINK MY RAP NAME SHOULD BE??? I’d love for you to leave a comment at the end of the post with your ideas *heehee*

 

Creative Twist on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme tune by Helen’s Journey:

Now, this is a story all about how,
My hair-life got flipped-turned upside down,
And I’d like to take a minute,
Just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how I became the Princess of having short hair!

 

In Birmingham UK born and raised,
Growing hair has been where I’ve spent most of my days.
Chillin’ out growing’, hair styles’ all cool
And studying hair-care like a subject at school.
When a couple of hair knots who were up to no good,
Started making tangles in my hair’s neighborhood.
I got in one untangle fight and my comb got scared,
It said “You’re getting a tangle teaser to take control of the hair”

 

I whistled for a hair appointment and when it came near,
I couldn’t stop staring at my long hair in the mirror.
If anything I could say that this length was rare,
But I thought “Nah, forget it” – “Let’s donate this hair!”
Took me three years to grow it not seven or eight,
and off it got chopped singing “Bye hair see ya later!”
I looked at the short crop, It was finally there.
So to sit on my throne as Princess of short hair. 

This is a great example of me using Creative Writing as a means of expression – Can I call it ‘Writing Therapy’?

 

THE POWERFUL TOOL THAT IS THE WRITTEN WORD & HOW IT CAN BE USED FOR GOOD CAUSES AND POSITIVE OUTCOMES!

In a previous blog post I wrote about the therapeutic power of writing and how to use the written word as a way to deal with feelings, situations and as a release of emotional tension/turmoil.

I’d love more people to discover writing as this constructive method of dealing with emotions and different situations in life and how they make them feel. So I encourage you to click on the title below and read my previous blog post all about it:

“The powerful tool that the written word can be and how it can be used for good.”

I hope you have enjoyed how I used poetic and rhyming song lyrics to talk about this experience of donating 12 inches of my hair to charity, to change a poorly child’s life and self-image. I also wrote a blog post just before I had my hair cut off (click the title below to read it in a new window):

“WHAT I’VE LEARNT FROM 3 YEARS OF GROWING MY HAIR FOR CHARITY, TO MAKE A WIG FOR A CHILD WITH CANCER: “SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE” to “LONG HAIR COZ I CARE”

Watch this space as I am currently making finishing touches to another blog post to share with you the emotional rollercoaster the actual hair cut took me on:

Just what is it like having 12 inches of your hair cut off for charity? Let me share with you my journey from: “LONG HAIR COZ I CARE” to “SHORT HAIR COZ I CARE”

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27 thoughts on “Using CREATIVE WRITING / POETRY / PROSE & SONG LYRICS, to express yourself & your inner emotions towards different experiences in life!

  1. katelon says:

    I used to teach creative music and movement to children ages 2 1/2 to 8. I also used music and song writing to teach English to children on the Navajo reservation. I’d teach them regular children’s songs and then we’d pick a topic and create new lyrics…so they’d already have the tune but they’d create new words. It’s so healing to give children the knowledge that everyone has a song to express, you don’t have to be “professional”.

    It’s great you did that work!

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      That sounds like a brilliant initiative and I’m sure they loved it. What a great way to express ourselves whatever our age hey 😉 I’m sure that was very rewarding for you to watch their imaginations create freely their thoughts and emotions 💖🙏
      Beautiful Katelon, thank you for sharing x

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  2. TheCheerfulMum says:

    I love the concept of writing therapy! I know that writing things down can help me overcome stress. Great Fresh Prince rewrite, by the way!

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Lol thank you – I really enjoyed rewriting it & having a laugh 😂

      Yes it helps me with releasing stress, tension & other emotions too – can be very powerful 👍 so glad it helps you too 👌

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Yeah words and writing has so much power, for those writing, releasing or the ones recieving them when they read them 👌

      Heeheehee so glad the rap made you laugh and you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it 🙌

      I’m loving short hair life – is yours long enough to donate if you cut it? 7inches minimum 😉😉😉

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  3. Amy says:

    Hello DJ Hels Bells! Firstly, congrats on the whole donating hair project, I hope you are feeling super proud of your efforts. And what a great rap! That beat is embedded in the head of millions and you did a great job tailoring it to your situation. It made me actually lol. Well done!

    Amy
    http://www.missamyrach.com

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    • Helen's Journey says:

      Lol loving the use of my DJ name – think I need a t-shirt with it on now 😉😉
      Ahh that’s so cool to know it made you LOL – it was lots of fun to write it so glad its twist has worked for sharing my story.
      I am feeling very proud thank you 🙌🙌

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