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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Working On That

Mid-April inspiration: Donna the Buffalo

I feel certain that it strains my credibility to claim that Donna the Buffalo is one of my favorite bands, because, you know, I say that a lot. But the fact is that I’ve seen more Donna the Buffalo shows than any other artist, and used to actually follow them around as part of "The Herd." I still see them whenever I can, as their fantastic sound, happy vibe, and simple, upbeat message of love and peace, is intoxicating and incredibly uplifting.

Two great songwriters and musicians are the backbone of Donna the Buffalo: Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear. If you are unfamiliar with their music, I encourage you to explore more of their wonderful songs. We are taking inspiration today from a newer song by Jeb, and you can see and hear Tara singing. Tara plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, and accordion, and Jeb plays electric guitar.

I feel like Jeb is singing directly to me when I listen to this. Hope you like it, too.


 

Looking forward to reading your (new) poems inspired by this song and message. Congratulations to all of you who are keeping up with 30 poems this April! Go, Toads! Go!

13 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Marian...I hadn't heard of them. It fit right in with my thoughts on peace.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'll listen to this in the morning, and I don't mean now, which is 1am. When I get up, maybe during my first coffee. I've never heard of this band before, and am curious to see what it is you like about it.
Luv, K

ccchampagne said...

Wow, this will be like writing a poem about another poem... Like Kay and Susie I have never heard of this band before, and I will have to have a couple of listening-throughs before I put pen to paper. But the lyrics are amazing... And his voice! *deep sigh* Thank you!

Sumana Roy said...

thanks for this inspiring prompt Marian..

Marian said...

I should have said they're from upstate NY, the Ithaca area. but they tour constantly (including playing a lot of festivals) so if you have a chance, GO.

if anyone wants to explore listening to Donna the Buffalo, there's a ton of live video available on youtube, some of it quite high quality. this song is from their newest record, and all of their older ones are fantastic, too. they released a live album a number of years ago called Live From The American Ballroom that might be a good place to start.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is the perfect choice of song for a good Friday (and for Good Friday). Thank you for sharing this powerful message, Marian.

Ella said...

Thank you Marian for sharing them with us~ I love this song!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Loved the introduction to this group, Marian - especially the hoop dancing, which I adore!

Hannah said...

I always love your challenges Marian!! Thank you for bringing us this wonderful inspiration. :)

Happy weekend to everyone!

Margaret said...

I bit paltry (especially after reading the others) , but it is all I had time for…. Thanks for the challenge!

Kay L. Davies said...

Took me a while to get back to you, Marian, because my husband offered to take me to the building supply store so I could get things for our ongoing renovation.
"We're working on that," as Jeb said.
I enjoyed the music, and the dancing. The message is indeed upbeat, and very much to my liking. Thank you for introducing Donna the Buffalo to us.
K

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

thank you for introducing me to 'donna the buffalo'!!!

Marian said...

pleased that you all are pleased, friends. and please do go listen to more, you'll be hooked.