Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Wiper Beat


Most days I feel like I’m living in a musical. The kids spontaneously break into song or dance at random moments, and I’m usually happy for their creativity (except when I’m trying to take a  business call). Well, thanks to the influence of beatboxing on the PBS show The Electric Company, and random clips and songs the kids have seen from composer Sxip Shirey, they are often inspired to grab household objects and try coax (i.e. beat) sounds out of them, accompanied by some sort of attempt at beatboxing or singing.

Driving home from school today, the kids were inspired by the windshield wipers in the rain and did the following little number.

They call their composition, Wiper Beat.

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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