Wordplay Wednesday: Tonight Show Style
This morning I watched a YouTube clip of Lin-Manuel Miranda ( star of “Hamilton” on Broadway) creating spontaneous raps on the Tonight Show using a random word generator called Wheel of Freestyle. It was fun and cool. I recommend you go find it and watch it.
So, of course my Word Nerdy Wild Child wanted to play too. I do not rap but I thought that I could play by using my version of a word generator.
On the video, Jimmy Fallon tapped the word generator and three words popped up in a row, which Lin-Manuel Miranda then used in the order they appeared. I noticed that all of the words in each round were nouns or proper nouns.
I decide to go with those two parameters in my version. Here’s what I did:
I decided to make 21 cards, thinking that would give me plenty of combinations when dealt out.
I found words by looking through the New York Times Book review from this past Sunday. I flipped pages and wrote nouns that my gaze landed on. I ended up with some interesting words.
I decided ahead of time that instead of raps, I would create haiku for my medium.
They are not literary, but they did adhere to the parameters.
I shuffled my cards and dealt out three words in a row.
For my first set I got: Cinderella family emperor
Her first family, but she
Wed an emperor.
For my second turn I dealt : spider web honeymoon revolution
A spider web would
Not be a fly’s honeymoon
One more turn: magic lab guest
In a magic lab
Would I want to be the guest
Or the magician?
For fun, try making your own word generator and see what you can create from your words.
Maybe a rap, a poem, or story will emerge.
Have fun with words!