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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


Speaking of Simon & Garfunkel

Blog Posted:2/26/2018 8:12:00 AM

And speaking of Simon & Garfunkel, here is a song of theirs I have always connected with and still find captivating today. This is right up there with the great iconic songs of its time. Just a fantastic musical, poetic and vocal collaboration.                                     

 

                                     THE BOXER

I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told

I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises

all lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear

and disregards the rest (Hmmmmmm.....Mmmmmmm...)

When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy

in the company of strangers...in the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared

laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go

looking for the places only they would know

Li la li...Li la la la li la li...

Seeking only workman's wages, I come looking for a job, but I get no offers...

just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue

I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there

Li la li...

Now the years are rolling by me, they are rockin' even me

I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be, that's not unusual

no it isn't strange, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same

after changes we are more or less the same...

Li la li...

And I'm laying out my winter clothes, wishing I was gone, goin' home

where the New York City winters aren't bleedin' me, leadin' me to go home...

In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade

and he carries the reminder of every glove that laid him down or cut him

'til he cried out in his anger and his shame I am leaving, but the fighter still remains

yes, he still remains...

Li la li...Li la la la li la li...

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I just love that line..."all lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest".

 

 

 

 

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Date: 3/1/2018 5:16:00 AM
In Greg Barden we have our own PS 'music talent' ,check him and his music out on www.bahku.com
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Date: 2/28/2018 9:58:00 PM
I absolutely love that song. God they were so amazing.
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Date: 2/27/2018 8:17:00 AM
Hi Keith--I couldn't post it here but I posted it above in a blog--btw, get the dvd of their Central Park Concert--worth it
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/27/2018 4:54:00 PM
Thanks champ!
Date: 2/26/2018 5:13:00 PM
I tried posting the video from their concert in Central Park but had no luck. Can someone tell this techno dunce how to do it? Either on here or by soupmail.
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Date: 2/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
What a fantastic duo Simon and Garfunkel made. Many of us probably have a "favorite" song by them. Mine is "America," but I am very fond of "The Boxer" as well. Thanks for sharing all the lyrics with us!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/26/2018 5:44:00 PM
I know Simon went on to huge success after they split but IMHO it paled in comparison to his collaborations with Garfunkel - just magical.
Date: 2/26/2018 3:21:00 PM
I remember this one very well, Keith. The one Craig showed recently, I could not put a tune to it. But this one is on my old cassette tape of the best of that duo ( which I really should just throw away but it's hard to ditch a collection of 800 tapes and I do still have a few cassette recorders in case the computer world crashes!)
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craig cornish
Date: 2/27/2018 8:19:00 AM
AD---that is from their Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme album--perhaps their best album
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/26/2018 5:27:00 PM
Cassette tapes! All the millennials will be scratching their heads thinking "what is this girl on about?". Still got your vinyl records? I do...somewhere.
Date: 2/26/2018 8:27:00 AM
he had such a profound sense of reality at such a young age, The Sound of Silence is in its own right a snap shot of humanity at point in time, the Boxer shows a true power of understanding and observation...seems he pays attention to the smallest detail of the human condition
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/26/2018 5:20:00 PM
So true, Frederic. It is my understanding that The Sound of Silence was first released as a folk song and didn't do much until Dylan went electric and their producer decided to go electric too and remixed and overdubbed it...and the rest is history!

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