N4N: Turning Nightmares into Dreams

When Javier isn't entertaining us in the Notes for Notes Studio, he 's certain to be found chasing another set of dreams on the Stafford Football Field at Say Detroit Play Center. Also, a big thanks to Xenith, for keeping this songwriter's head safe!

Written by: Charity Ward, N4N Detroit Program Director

Notes for Notes employs a no censorship policy to allow its members an outlet to express themselves in an authentic and unfiltered manner. While youth are not lyrically restrained, N4N staff members offer constructive criticism in efforts of producing their best work.

Recently, Detroit Studio member Javier wrote a song about a nightmare with several violent references. Program Director Charity challenged Javier to revisit his lyrics and remove any lines that weren’t a reflection of his real life. He came to the conclusion that the violent lyrics would not showcase his true self and opted to remove them from the song.

Instead, Javier reminisced on the crazy things that have actually happened in his dreams to create a spooky and entertaining song called “Bad Dream”. Through the writing process Javier learned about hyperbole and metaphors. He also broadened his imagination and vocabulary while writing lines like:

I fell off a cliff, then I turned into a hieroglyph.”

When Javier isn't entertaining us in the Notes for Notes Studio, he 's certain to be found chasing another set of dreams on the Stafford Football Field at Say Detroit Play Center. Also, a big thanks to Xenith, for keeping this songwriter's head safe!

When Javier isn’t entertaining us in the Notes for Notes Studio, he ‘s certain to be found chasing another set of dreams on the Stafford Football Field at Say Detroit Play Center. Also, a big thanks to Xenith, for keeping this songwriter’s head safe!

“A tarantula recorded me with all 8 of his phones.
Probably going to end up with a thousand broken bones.”
Javier’s lyrical adventure concludes when he wakes up in his bed and returns to reality. A reality in which he very proudly debuted his original song “Bad Dream” live for an audience full of excited peers at the Say Detroit Play Center Halloween Party.

Listen to “Bad Dream” here: