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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Lyrics


Blog Posted:11/22/2013 5:31:00 PM

The Lyrics to some of the top Oscar winning original movie songs of all time, I doubt would win a first in any of our poetry contests.

Mona Lisa (Also #1 on pop charts for 8 weeks in 1950)

Mona lisa, mona lisa, men have named you 
You're so like the lady with the mystic smile 
Is it only 'cause you're lonely they have blamed you? 
For that mona lisa strangeness in your smile? 

Do you smile to tempt a lover, mona lisa? 
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart? 
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep 
They just lie there and they die there 
Are you warm, are you real, mona lisa? 
Or just a cold and lonely lovely work of art? 

White Christmas (Bing’s version in the #1 selling single of all time 1942)

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all
Your Christmases be white

Moon River (1961)

Moon river, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you're going, I'm going your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end, waiting, round the bend
My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me

Up Where You Belong (1982 Officer & a Gentleman)

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive?
All I know is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep it alive

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high

Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world below
Up where the clear winds blow

Some hang on to, 'used to be'
Live their lives looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our life out there to find

 

So what are you getting at CRAIG!  Well, I’m getting at lyrics that have made more money and been more famous than all of us together ever have----but they are so simple. I know, I know that poems have to survive on their own (create their own melody, their own song) but song lyrics dance with the spirit of another art form (the melody) and when they do, something else happens with our emotions when we listen to them together and after, we can never separate the two. It is amazing that most lyrics over all the years have been written with maybe a 1,000 word vocabulary and most song melodies with perhaps 24 notes (3 octaves) plus sharps, flats and whatever (not much relatively speaking). I read Carrie’s entry today (BTW, include your names from now on if you wish) and thought okay, this is good, but is it too simple and I looked who it was from (I don’t do this but I haven’t had entries so..) and I felt guilty that I had asked such an awesome poet to take a step back and write what would otherwise be less than her  “wow” poems—and then I felt guilty until I keyed up the song and read her lyrics to it and it was like going from one world to another and she saw something in the melody that I never did---HOPE and it touched me that she not only interpreted the melody perfectly but extracted the slight up kick in the second stanza of melody to derive---hope—a rainbow—a smile from. Someone said in 1890 that “Everything that could have been invented already has been”---well—I think we know they were wrong.  Out of 24+ notes and a thousand+ words is there anything else that can be written or sung that has not been? I think perhaps there is!

BTW- If you want to listen to the melody to anyone’s poem open a separate screen—start the youtube music then flip back and read the words to the music---but more importantly—do your own!

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  1. Date: 11/24/2013 10:31:00 AM
    I have seen Carrie's and though I kept sensing sadness in the song, even through the beauty of the melody, she did find hope...her words sing beautifully to the melody.. this is something I have never attempted before and it was very challenging but also a very fun contest! Thank you for hosting this one! Whether a win or not in my eyes is was an accomplishment :)

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 11:09:00 PM
    this is an excellent blog. I am glad that you reread Carrie's poem with fresh eyes, I'm sorry to say I have not heard this music yet, but I did see Carrie's poem and it is very beautiful.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/23/2013 1:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hope you give it a shot Andrea--it's the kind of thoughts that I think you would be good at!
  1. Date: 11/22/2013 6:19:00 PM
    Oh goodness.....Craig, I thank you for mentioning my entry. I loved doing it, and was so moved by the music!! ......But yes!!! I agree completely, any poet who is into trying this contest......be sure to click on the youtube of "Emmanuel" as you are writing lyrics to this beautiful piece. It is important to "get the mood" of the music while writing.... I kept popping back and forth listening between my two screens, and it is so fun to try and match music to words. I envy those who do this for a living....!! I loved this challenge, and know many will exceed my attempt with wonderful poem/lyrics! Thanks so much Craig for the inspiration!!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/22/2013 7:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No Carrie, Thank You!

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