|from The Alchemist's Kitchen|
Today Diane Mayr of Random Noodling is matching us up crooner-style. She writes,"I love Frank Sinatra. His interpretations of songs changed over his long career. A good example of this is "East of the Sun and West of the Moon.""
From 1940 with the Jimmy Dorsey Band
Diane says, "I prefer the simpler, more innocent, 1940s version. I wonder about how he might have sung it, though, in 1998 before he died?"
"Undone Song at Neap Tide" by Kathryn Starbuck (2005), strikes me as a look at a relationship that's gone beyond the "we'll share a dream of love, Dear," and has come out somewhere on the other side.
When the sun and moon were in quadrature, whenthe garden had become a wilderness and the clock refused to strike
When the old year died and the sand walked intothe sea with the neap tide
When you had been too long away and your old snowblue footprintsclotted and hesitated in the clay
When the worry of this undone song unsung so longso loud my head I went inside and under to let the flood run free
From the bit of information Diane found about the poet, she appears to have come out grieving the death of her husband, but she also thinks the poem is about coming out into a life formerly unexplored. With Diane, I am "totally enchanted by the sound of the last stanza, and the meaning of the poem is almost irrelevant!"
Thank you, Diane--I know a lot of music, but Frank Sinatra's oeuvre is not in my musical file cabinet! This is why I'd love to have you, Dear Reader, send me your own match-up--we all need to broaden our horizons, poetic and otherwise!
In case you've missed the rest of this week's Poetry-Music Match-ups and have some time to explore, scroll down or click the links.
1 Introduction and "Paul Simon reunion" with Violet Nesdoly
2 "When You Are Old" and "When I'm Sixty-Four" with Harry Yeatts
3 The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science and "She Blinded Me with Science"
4 "Martin Luther King Day" and "Pride (in the Name of Love)"
5 "I Lived" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" with Petrina Hollingsworth
6 "What Do You Believe a Poem Shd Do?" and "Cold Water"
7 "Color Feel" and "Roy G. Biv" with Mitch Friedman
Laura Putrid I mean Purdie Salas is our host today at Writing the World for Kids. Wallow in the wonder of Poetry Friday!
Again, you are welcome to suggest a match-up--take your pick and send it to me!
· your own poem with music that you've realized goes with it,· your own music with a poem that goes with it,· someone else's poem with someone else's music to match,· song lyrics that you find particularly poetic,· poems written AS song lyrics· poems inspired by songs,· songs written about poems,· poems written about songs,· favorite nursery rhymes (which often have tunes),· and any other poetry-music combinations that make sense to you.