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Musical Memories

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since 12-08-1999
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0 posted 12-17-1999 03:42 AM       View Profile for Rod   Email Rod   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Rod

                                                   MUSICAL MEMORIES

Discernment, like a wine, matures as years go rolling by,
Reflected in the mirror of the music that we buy.
But ever we remember that which echoed in our youth
Those favourite songs we oft recall, of life and love and truth.

Do the memories come flooding when you hear a Beach Boys number?
Can the golden voice of Jim Reeves stir those past thoughts from their slumber?
Does the memory of Roy Orbison still linger on your mind?
Yet the lyrics of Bob Dylan never leave the past behind.

Did you ever dance the night away to Rod’s dramatic tones?
Or take a friend to see a concert by the Rolling Stones?
And back in ‘74, did your appreciation heighten
When Abba first sang “Waterloo” upon the stage in Brighton?

But now that time has washed us down its ever rolling stream,
And re-defined our preference a little more serene;
Despite nostalgia’s journey, which we take in mood reflective,
The chances are our current trends are somewhat more selective.

Does the voice of Pavarotti with your inner spirit mingle?
At the close of “Nessun Dorma” does your spine begin to tingle?
Do you empathise with Elton, and his “Candle” for Diana?
Or can “Someone saved my life tonight” evoke you in like manner?

Do the pipes of Scotland stir you, reaching deep down in your soul?
Or the strings of Mantovani, or the voice of Nat “King” Cole?
What of  lovely Sarah Brightman, with her pitch so crystal clear,
Harmonising (with Bocelli) at the peak of her career.

Have you listened to the moving “Words”? - If you’re a Bee Gees fan
Then you’ll thrill to Robin’s haunting anthem of the Isle of Man.
When the summer day is over, and its busy cares how flown,
Then relax with John McDermott, and you’ll never feel alone.

There can be few among us, be we husbands, be we wives,
Who stand untouched, in whole or part, by music in our lives.
In truth, it is the food of love and keeps the spirit younger;
Play on, musicians! - feed us well, that none shall ever hunger.

© Rod Walford 1999

© Copyright 1999 Rod Walford - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-17-1999 03:48 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Rock on Rod!

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

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(Marquis de Sade)

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2 posted 12-17-1999 05:41 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Simply stunning - I am an avowed fan and you bring out the poetic patriot in me!  

Personally there is one piece of music by Enya which just gets me - can't remember the name right now, but I'll tell you when I can!

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3 posted 12-17-1999 07:52 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Now, if you take everything from Roy Orbison to Pavarotti.... and throw in a bit of jazz and some reggae..... I'm a happy camper....
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4 posted 12-17-1999 07:56 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

It's only words, but words are all I have... *S* Wonderful poem... evoking wonderful memories!
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5 posted 12-17-1999 08:46 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Now THIS is perfection! Grew up listening  to everything from Iron Butterfly to Elvis to Patsy Cline...on up through the Bee Gees, Elton John, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Etta James, Reba McEntire and now Edwin McCain and Shannon Curfman ( I highly recommend these newcomers!) An endless list. I LOVE MUSIC!  

And of course everyone knows I am a huge fan of the Three Tenors, Bocelli, and Brightman!

Rod this one gets printed out for sure! A little musical masterpiece it is!  

 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain

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6 posted 12-17-1999 12:03 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I agree and what beautiful memories they are! Well done,Rod. This poem brought back memories!  


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7 posted 12-17-1999 11:15 PM       View Profile for Mel   Email Mel   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Mel

Hi there, this is such a wonderful (and may i add, humourous) poem...
I love music myself, its part of my world and life...and without it, i cannot bear to imagine how it would be.

Nice theme for a poem, sir...
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8 posted 12-17-1999 11:35 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Music soothes the savage beast they say. I'm one who listens to WAIT am radio...all the oldies.  Your extremely well written poem is sure to evoke memories for anyone over 18.
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9 posted 12-17-1999 11:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent writing, Rod. You are a craftsman of your work and this is an extremely enjoyable piece. Bravo!
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10 posted 12-18-1999 12:38 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Avid music lover...musician, artist...yep!
Wonderful poem, Rod!  I love ALL music as well (at least  a smidgen of each) and I can relate to this more than I could possibly express in mere written words.  It's lovely to see that there are so many more out there who share my passion!!!      
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