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Monday, March 19, 2012

Bang! Bang!

"...beautiful and dirty rich rich, we got a red light on the 12th, the dance fight, systematic, honey but we got no money..." - Lady Gaga

Like...what does that mean?  Only Gaga knows.  I like Gaga, and I think I like the song, but I loved the title enough to use it for my next book title. 

Actually the title was my editor, Monique Patterson's idea and the conversation went something like this:

Monique:  Hey, JD!  Yes, you've missed another deadline and no, before you ask, you can't have any more money yet, so stop asking.  But how are you?

Me:  Hey Monique.  Yeah, I know the book's late again, but it's comingits coming, I promise.  I just need another week.  And, I got bills to pay, so don't be so negative, and send a sistah a check.

Monique:  Oh, okay.  I'll see what I can do.  By the way.  I was looking for some new music on iTunes and I came across this song title that I thought would be great for a book.  I immediately thought of you when I saw it.

Me:  (a bit flattered)  Well, let me hear it.

Monique:  It's called Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by Lady Gaga.  Do you think you can do something with that?

Me: (feeling so honored that I was moved to tears)  Why yes, MP!  I love the title and I'd love to use it for my next book.

Monique:  Groovy, JD!  That's just groovy! 

I've used quite a few titles or lyrics from songs for several of my books; Don't Want No Sugar title is comprised of song lyrics from Bessie Smith's Boweavil Blues.  This Fire Down In My Soul comes from lyrics in a song called, Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston.   And Somebody Pick Up My Pieces was a song originally performed by Willie Nelson, and was eventually re-released by Bettye Levette.  Admittedly, I tend to resort to music for titles when I can't come up with something catchy on my own.  And I have no problem returning the favor. 

PSA For the Week:

Attention Musicians (songwriters and performers):  If you are ever at a loss for a song title, or lyrics, feel free to borrow any of my titles for your inspiration, as I have borrowed from you.  I am happy to share.

1 comment:

  1. Ms. Mason,

    The Ebony Moments Book Club in Mobile, Alabama would like to Skype you. We will be discussing Beautiful, Dirty, Rich at our October meeting. WOW! This book was a page turner for me. It was full of twist and turns, and when is the sequel coming out. What is the process for setting up a Skype interview with you? Please email me the details and process in order to make this happen.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    Keisha D. Smith

    A diamond in the Rough,

    The Jewel of the Nile!

    Jesus is Love !