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I Totally Funniest - Songwriting Hack (Group Task)

  • Writing
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Books

What is it?

Gateshead Reading Hackers chose to read a novel and hack it by writing a song about it. They worked with local singer songwriter Phil Larry to write a song about James Patterson's novel 'I Totally Funniest' and had great fun in the process. You can see the final result on the Reading Agency website http://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/002-showcase/songwriting-hacks.html

Where will it happen?

We used one of our library community rooms, but if you know anyone with a recording studio that would be very helpful!

When is it?

Anytime!

How?

A potential hacker will need their chosen novel, pens and paper to write their song, a musical instrument or a talented musician to give them a hand!

Activity log

Similarly, to the last book review hack with Tara Stewart (Photographer); a few months ago me and the other members of the Reading Hack have also been given another opportunity to work with another Creative Practitioner. As a result, "Phil Larry" - local musician and songwriter from a country style band, who helped us creating a song related to the book's story called "I Totally Funniest" by James Patterson. Our task was to convert the book into a song and thanks to Phil we've been able to do it. In order to carry this out, we've been meeting up and working with him throughout 2 sessions, where in both of them we have all contributed to the creation of the lyrics - to then let Phil compose the tune. We have been doing this by picking up key words and sentences from the book, which it kind of helped us being self-managers and at the same time team-workers, as we've been sharing our opinions and ideas around to each other - to be able to build something up. A video has been recorded on the last session, for the final completed piece of the song and it has also been shared on the Reading Activists' website and Youtube.

https://youtu.be/wP1ZSWZbnuo