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Why write a song?
If I spoke
what would you hear
but words in dialect
soft or gruff
idioms clouded
society blinds
one voice
amongst many
never sure
of the meaning
or if sincere
or earnest


add a melody
and cadence pure
words that bend
around the mind
and circle the heart

no ambiguity
no duplicity
sung as said
said as true
story in verse
sweet refrains
angels wings
as angels sing

and better
for the hearing

ken lehnig(c)2010

Why is doing what you love the hardest thing to do? Is it because failing what you thought defined you would be too devastating a thing from which to recover? If so, we stay where mere accident has left us.

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The following comments are for "Why Write A Song"
by jonpenny

Musicians have more power than any kind of king or political/religious leader does. Hands down. They can even be more effective than the toughest high school gym teacher.

( Posted by: thetesticularprancer [Member] On: June 4, 2010 )

Why write a song
Thanks Rev. I don't write in this form much so I wanted to try it. This is meant to be read aloud and there it rises or falls.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 6, 2010 )

Poem and Comment
Being a songwriter at heart, I certainly agree with the comment. The poem itself tells it like it is, or should be,and that is what we have as poets, and as songwriters as well. The problem, which is universal, is that the poets and the songwriters receive too little recognition for their labor. Nice work on this poem, I read it aloud, too.

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: June 7, 2010 )

Good Job......
Music is the Universal understanding and nothing else matters. Music awakens the spirit, flutters the heart and is responsible for "smiles"

Good job jonpenny for your thoughts...,.

( Posted by: JetfireK [Member] On: June 8, 2010 )

no ambiguity
Could totally hear this read on a backlit stage, tinkling glasses and all...

Also better for the heart.

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: June 11, 2010 )

Why write a song
I appreciate the comments and the grand numbers.
Ron: Tis true. The difference between the two crafts are small to have them be so far apart. Poetry is finding a new life - unfortunately a great deal is not very good - there is no fault there just neglect in our educational system that devalues poetry. The hunger for expression has showed up in the popular culture, and that is wonderful, in the spoken word movement. Terrific untrained and unschooled talent is there and are being nurtured. The singer songwriter, due to the record companies collapsing and the ease of internet access are becoming more imporatnt

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 14, 2010 )

write a song cont...
Yikes! Spastic fingers- no edit.
The singer songwriter is becoming more important and viable. Where it will all lead - as far as financial support for the poet or songwriter - who knows? Thank you my talented for the great comment.
JetfireK: Thank you for yours!
Fransisco: Tis better for the heart ... and one day I will set down the guitar and just do a little spoken word piece. Thanks my friend.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 14, 2010 )

Let's hear it for the songsmith's!
Twas' ever thus Ken...sonwrites have been around since the beginning of time...Kings, Ceasar's and armies relied on them to keep them focused and entertained. There were even there in Jesus's time...and many of them were slain for voicing the will of the people!!!

Watever millenium you delve into...they were an important part of the civilization and reflected the mores` of the time!

Let's hear it for the songsmith's of the world!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 14, 2010 )

Sorry folks!
Sorry for the above typo' arthrtic fingers are stumbling all over the keyboard today...and I am in a hurry to watch my favorite program before it starts!!!!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 14, 2010 )

Dear Bea
I missed your comment and a shame it is. Especially because you have become such a fine lyricist yourself and would add more weight to the fine and true comment. ;-)Lets hear it indeed for the songwriters! I hope you enjoyed the program.
Thank you!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: July 9, 2010 )

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