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How Frank Ocean’s Blonde Influenced My Writing

How Frank Ocean's Blonde Influenced My Writing
How Frank Ocean's Blonde Influenced My Writing Ehiorobo Derek
I listened to blonde for the first time last year. I wasn't a Frank Ocean fan, and was only familiar with just three of his songs.
My music library was becoming stale, so I was desperate for new sounds. I can't remember why I got the album, but I can remember my first listen.
It was a school night; I was doing assignments, plugged my earphones into my tab, and decided it was probably time to check it out.


I HATED IT.


And I didn’t even go past the first track, just decided there and then that the entire album would not be worth my time.
A day came when I felt like writing a heartbreak poem, (just because I could). So I searched YouTube for ‘songs that will make me cry,’ and listened to a few. Then, a song off Blonde was recommended, ‘Self Control.’


I rolled my eyes before clicking it. An Ad I couldn’t skip started playing, so I went through the comments to pass the time. This one stood out for me.

How Frank Ocean's Blonde Influenced My Writing



I was like, ‘damn, ok, let’s see then.’ So I closed my eyes because I wanted the song to hit.


My guy, It did.


That night, I realised I had misjudged the album. I didn’t go back to it though.
A random Saturday came when I took a walk. I found a spot under an enormous tree and sat there; people watching, enjoying the breeze, and listening to music.
When I tired of listening to the same four songs over and over, I felt it was time to check out blonde again. It sounded different this time.


The first track felt more somber. It was like I could finally hear the lyrics, feel the softness of the drums, still didn’t like it much, but I didn’t hate it anymore.
The 9th track, ‘Nights,’ hit me with a wave of nostalgia so strong I started crying.
That was when Blonde became one of my favourite albums. It still is and is one record I trust to put me in the right mood whenever I’m about to write.
With Blonde, Frank Ocean delivered a masterpiece soaked in intimacy, vulnerability, anxieties, pain, and healing, all with minimal production, and some surprising features and contributions from big name artistes.


Blonde draws its power Prom Frank’s storytelling. From the vivid recount of his struggles after hurricane ‘Trina,’ in nights, to a brief tour into his tormented state of mind in ‘Seigfried,’ you get taken on a journey through his life.
People like to say that art is at its best when its vulnerable. and Blonde is a proof of that.
It has survived in the hearts of its fans since its release in 20I6, because of how it gave a voice to the troubling thoughts many of us are too ashamed to admit we have.

How Frank Ocean's Blonde Influenced My Writing

Blonde draws its power Prom Frank’s storytelling. From the vivid recount of his struggles after hurricane ‘Trina,’ in nights, to a brief tour into his tormented state of mind in ‘Seigfried,’ you get taken on a journey through his life.
People like to say that art is at its best when its vulnerable. and Blonde is a proof of that.
It has survived in the hearts of its fans since its release in 20I6, because of how it gave a voice to the troubling thoughts many of us are too ashamed to admit we have.


That’s the art that pulls. That’s how I want to write.
In Blonde, you find Frank, sitting on the floor in a cheap hotel room, window opened to a tired city, telling you stories of all the times he has been hurt, while you lay on the squeaky bed watching the rusty ceiling fan.
It is a record with so many layers that reveal themselves at different stages of your life. You gather your own experiences, and find that it’s somewhere in this record, where it has always been, waiting.


Being 100% honest and transparent with art is difficult. Sometimes, it is hard to find the right words, colors or even sounds.
In my case, Blonde helps with how it reminds me that the human experience is a web. We’re all unique, but somehow connected.
Being vulnerable is hard, but if it helps someone feel everything Blonde has made me feel so far, it’s worth it.


How Frank Ocean's Blonde Influenced My Writing

Being 100% honest and transparent with art is difficult. Sometimes, it is hard to find the right words, colors or even sounds.

In my case, Blonde helps with how it reminds me that the human experience is a web. We’re all unique, but somehow connected.

Being vulnerable is hard, but if it helps someone feel everything Blonde has made me feel so far, it’s worth it.”

Ehiorobo Derek
















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