Essay about My Favorite Line Is Right At The Beginning

1651 Words Sep 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Hello Misfit,

Thank you for submitting your work to the Pen Project. I was delighted to see a long list of writing pieces that you submitted. It looks like you’re enjoying your writing, and that you’re becoming a prolific songwriter. Exciting!
My favorite line is right at the beginning, “I got the identical question, for every failed lesson. / What’s love got to do, got to do with it?” The slant rhyme of question and lesson is spot-on, and it made me find the beat of the song right away. It also sets up the classic line, “What’s love got to do with it” that everyone knows from the Tina Turner song. It’s an excellent opener that sets up high expectations. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw that this is a “revised Tina Turner song.” I thought two things initially: either it was going to be a parody, or it was going to be a rip-off. Now, that probably sounds harsh, but I don’t mean it to be. Honestly, I’ve heard so many songs on the radio that pull lyrics from other people’s songs, and I always wonder how they get away with it (many of them don’t, and they get sued). When you’re directly pulling lines from someone else’s work that you didn’t write, and you don’t have that author/songwriters permission, it’s plagiarism, which is stealing. There’s a fine line there. Anyway, your song doesn’t seem to be a parody, and it doesn’t play off the lines in the original song (except in the chorus), so I struggled with what kind of advice to give you. Have you thought about why…

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