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 coming…it’s 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!
Me: (proudly) No, MP. We certainly wouldn’t.
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.