All the songs on Spencer Wirth-Davis’ album “For My Mother” are 100% original, including the beats. That’s in contrast to what often happens in hip-hop music, which depends on “sampling” the work of other artists.

Apply both techniques to poetry. Pick a poem written by someone else and re-work it by adding your own words and rearranging theirs. Then write your own original poem on the same topic or feeling. Which is more satisfying to you?

This album is dedicated to Spencer’s mother, who encouraged him to be creative. He’s says, “if you have a mother, hug her.” Take some actions to honor and thank your mother, or any other older woman, who helps you to be your best.