1. Who are you and what do you do?
My real name is Whitney Jones. I am a full time college student majoring in Biology and am also a part time tutor for a non-profit foundation here in KC. I tutor high school students in math and science! I also love to dance, sing, draw and write.
2. What's the origin of your artist name?
Everyone knows the little ditty that goes, “Whatever Lola wants, (Lola) Lola gets...” Well whatever I want I get, because I won’t stop until I’ve accomplished the things that I hunger for the most. Life wouldn’t be as fun or fulfilling without a good battle or challenge. So, that’s where the “lola” comes from “bea” is my middle name and 23 because I’ll be 23 this Jan. 31st!
3. What has been your biggest challenge with your art so far?
4. Who or what is your biggest influence?
God and music.
5. What is your wildest story?
It involved St. Louis, some heavy drinking at a house party, and almost missing the train back home...
6. What is the last book you read?
Maya Angelou’s “Letter To My Daughter”
7. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
8. What couldn’t you live without?
Music! I think I live with head phones on, LOL!
9. What is your secret talent?
I don’t think that I have any “secret” talents, I’m pretty sure all of my talents have been exposed.
10. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
Ohhh man... my dreams are like movies! The last one I remember was I was a spy in a hotel and I was trying to find the murderer while staying undercover, but my cover had just been blown so I ended up running trying to break out of the hotel, but I couldn’t find the freakin’ exit! I woke up before I got shot.
11. What are you craving right now?
12. What was the last song you fell in love with?
Adele – “Rolling In the Deep”
13. Can you hula hoop?
HELLZZZZ.....no. Bahahahaha XD!
14. What do you like?
Wooo, I like a lot of things, okay I have to say the thing that I like the most is cooking! I love, love, love, to cook! I think it’s because cooking allows me to combine my love of science and art all together into one!
15. What do you dislike?
I dislike with a passion rude, selfish, people who are always trying to bring others down.
16. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Never give up. Never give in. Always believe.
17. How and why did you start RECording?
Somehow some way I stumbled onto hitRECord when I started following Joe on Twitter. He had posted one of the tiny stories and I clicked on it, just curious to see what it was, and anyways it was the one with the little dandelion and it was so damn cute, LOL! I just had to find out more about the tiny stories and find out what the hell hitRECord was, so I went to the site and I didn’t sign up the first time, I just watched some of the vids and posts that were up on the front page and I loved it! So anyways, I still hadn’t signed up to the site, because I figured I had nothing to contribute, but I kept checking out the posts and things that Joe would feature on his twit page and I finally was like, okay, I have to be a part of this. So I finally joined and the first thing I did was post a song that I wrote. I love to sing, but I don’t play an instrument, so I figured I could write a song and have someone add some instrumentals to it. The song is actually the first song I’ve ever wrote and I was pretty proud of it, even though it’s probably pretty amateurish, but I was proud that I finally wrote a complete song, so I posted it. After that I was hooked, finally an outlet for my hobby, for one of my passions, for my art. I love to write short stories and draw and when I have free time I just let my mind flow and I start to create, but most of the time all of my ideas just get tossed into an old shoe box or collect dust on my book shelf and I show them to family members and friends but that’s about it, but hit RECord now allows me to share my art with so many more people and allows me to connect with others who have similar passions and interests. So, I don’t know about you, but I’ll be hitting RECord until the day I die ;).
Dangerously close to the edge I stand
The salty tears that I have cried, burn and sting as they linger at the corners of my eyes.
Breathless, the body can no longer withstand this pain
The soul is lost and the spirit once a roaring fire is now nothing but a flickering flame.
Tormented by injustice
Searching for mercy and truth.
I just want to STOP!... And let the pain end.
There’s no more beauty left in the things that I see
My eyes are shut.
I’ve stop listening.
Nothing but the deafening sound of my pain surrounds me
I am engulfed in my own madness.
Nothing tastes the same in this day
I’ve lost the will to breathe and then… you come to me.
So far away I’ve put myself and I lied and said I didn’t need anyone’s help, but still…you came to me.
And now you stand there and I pretend I don’t feel you watching me for all I want is for you to leave,
But yet… you know this, and still stay and lay down beside me.
But my anger flows from me like a shield around me as I move away from you.
You stay, and move closer.
Broken and defeated I cry again you wipe away my tears and clean their salty tracks with a kiss.
Your love frees me.
Your love sees me.
I am LOVED.
Far from the edge I stand.
A new day has began.
This poem is about the times where we get really down and depressed. We feel like our world is crumbling around us and we start to give up on everything and we start to shut everyone out. We're angry, sad, and confused all at the same time and how even the smallest act of kindness, of love, can give us a new hope.
This story to me perfectly resembles what happens here at hitRECord! It is well known around the world and has a great potential to be played around with! The following summary of the story is from wikipedia (LOL!) and I added this just because to me, it just pretty much sounds exactly like what we do here on the site:
"The travellers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire in the village square. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all."
We all trade off the role of being the travelers and the villagers when we work together on the site, the "traveler drops the stone in the pot" (creates the collaboration) and we "villagers" come along and if we are interested and excited by what we find, then we add our own ingredients to the pot! The best part of that summary that made me put it on here was when they said, "Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet." When an artist puts their work on the site, it's because it has yet to "reach its full potential" and we all come along and add and add and keep adding to the artwork to create something that goes beyond what the artist started with and a lot of the time beyond what they even imagined what it could have been created for and that is why I think this story is perfect for this collab!
This is just an idea that's been playing through my head for a while and I just had to get it out. It's not even close to being done, yet, but I just thought I would share it and see what you all think about it. It's kind of a romantic comedy about a guy who goes through some tough times and has to relocate and start all over again with his daughter and he meets this women who happens to also be his boss. She takes him on "the ride of his life" and she gets him to loosen up and enjoy life again, while he helps her trust in love again.
GET ON THE BUS GUS
“Dad, where’s my back pack?” “Alyssa, I don’t know honey,
While the others tried to fit in, he released his light, his true "him".
I loved AliceAlice's idea and thought I would play around with the words a little bit:
I'm telling you now that I cannot get out of bed. These worthless thoughts play in my head. Only one thing reminds me of peace. I go out and look at the sky, I just look at the sky and remember I'm free.
I loved the idea and the drawing was so cute how about this instead for the text:
You stole my heart and left the evidence behind.
It's the sweetest 3 minutes of bliss, when you start that track
and I crack my back and flail my arms and twist my hips, and I won"t stop until the music ends.