Briefly, then. Sometimes, I write about how experiencing live music feels, like this poem I wrote after seeing Dick Dale perform live. I've written about how listening to particular music makes me feel, like this recent poem. Mostly, though, my thoughts fly off while listening, as I'm sure yours do, inspiring poetry.
One of my favorite bands of all time is They Might Be Giants. Smart and clever, poetic and wonderful, their music has influenced me for many years and has directly impacted my writing. I can attribute a number of my poems to having been inspired by lyrics and songs from TMBG, so my challenge is for you to do the same.
The song She's An Angel by They Might Be Giants has inspired at least two poems from me, so far:
maybe you were sent-- and --
to remind me of my belly
full of bold assertions
or perhaps you are meant
to paint my dreams
such that i remember what i am
you are part of what lies
beyond the here
and now i've found a circle
maybe the aliens burnt you in the dirt
fueling you with enough evidence
that i believe you.
following an angel
The song is so interesting, clever and layered. Your challenge is to listen to this song (and here are the lyrics in case it is difficult to decipher them in this live recording), and to write a poem inspired by the ideas within:fitful sleep awaited metossing and turningas an angel voiceimplored me to spreadmy wingsand reachall the wayacross the sky
which this morningis full of clouds and rainbut when i peeked outsidei could see a bit of brownwhere all that white had beenand that is goodas it portends the greento come
and what am i to dowith you?yes, sure as springi can even taste you now
I promise to write another poem inspired by this song, too. Enjoy!
What is most fabulous about this prompt is that I have not heard this band before. Now I'm going to have a listen and see what thoughts arise.
aaaahhhhhh i thought that might happen! i've been listening to them for, oh, about 25 years. they are THE SMARTEST of pop stars. they have a great youtube channel, called, i believe, "particlemen."
honestly, i like the studio version of this song better, but it's an older song and they don't have a video for it and i cannot for the life of me figure out how to put an audio clip on here. so, enjoy!
Oh, I'm with you about Dick Dale's playing. Amazing! How wonderful to have seen him perform live. I've never surfed, never wanted to, but I love that surfin' music sound.
Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel
hA! i LOVE TMBG!! :) they're just the right combo of weird and swell. 'birdhouse in your soul' was my intro to them. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhjSzjoU7OQ )
ugh, this is a pretty terrible video of the song. :/ bummer there's not a better one out there.
Your first couple of paragraphs sent me off on another tack, and though I did listen to your music, my mind was already elsewhere! ♥
aw, thanks for playing, friends. i had some doubts about a music prompt, and about this prompt, but i just thought what the heck, people will play along.
if you have ideas or suggestions about using music as prompts here, do let me know.
Hmm... Interesting music prompt.
It would seem that rasta happy bikers has used our forum for the sole purpose of advertising his blog... or am I missing something?
well, i can't read that language, but it sure doesn't look like poeptry.
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