The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – “One Song, Glory”

For some, music is escape. For some, release. For others it is expression. For me, music just is. I don’t have a favorite artist or genre. I actually, honestly like it all.

I haven’t, but would listen to a Justin Bieber CD.

I’ll be directing High School Musical in the fall and am not the least bit disgusted by the catchy Disney soundtrack.

It is what it is.

When I was in high school, I used music as punishment. Each level of the Inferno I was tasked with designing had a different (presumably) annoying song playing for eternity. That would be torture. Though, realistically, I would find it torturous to listen to your favorite song over and over for all of eternity… Or even twenty years… Or a week…

The lack of variety would make life unworth living…

Something awesome happened recently. The Deschuttes brewery started distributing to Iowa. Last night I was able to have a Mirror Pond for the first time in at least five years. And, serendipitously, the beer offered me more than great taste and memories of my twenties…

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Touché, Mr. Pond.

  • The Life and Times of Shawn Carter Vol. II
  • The Eminem Show
  • Nirvana Unplugged
  • Pearl Jam Ten
  • The Beatles White Album
  • License to Ill
  • Ready to Die
  • Any Frank Sinatra compilation or Greatest Hits CD

But this is not a copout and the list is not my answer. I find each of those albums complete enough to be a good choice, but can’t quite commit to any of them. Sinatra is smooth enough to listen to forever, the rest of them made albums instead of a collection of singles (oh the pre-iTunes era of music).

Music is poetry whether instrumental, spoken word, roots, rap, rock, or reggae. The question is- what do you value in your poetry? What do you most appreciate.

After much thought and deliberation I am able to answer, and am surprised how obvious the answer has become.

I want variety. I want beauty. I want poetic turns of phrase. And most of all, I want to be taken on a journey.

If I could listen to only one album for the rest of my life, it would be the Les Mis soundtrack. The score is beautiful, the voices are amazing, the words have meaning. Every song can stand on its own, but when you put them together the words quite literally tell a story.
(RENT is a very close second place)

QOTD-If you could only listen to one album forever, what would it be?
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* Ten Extra Credit points if you noticed the nod to RENT in the title. Minus ten if you just now read the title and pretended to have noticed.

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

4 comments on “QOTD – “One Song, Glory”

  1. SDR
    July 31, 2013

    Carol Kings Tapestry album!!!

  2. Brett
    July 31, 2013

    +10 points for me! Much like you I could listen to almost anything. I Appreciate the work and effort in all music.
    I knew you would go with Les Mis. I too could listen to it over and over. It got me thinking about the songs that I always love and belt out shamelessly. The one soundtrack that takes me back and makes me feel good would have to be “Newsies”. My first solo ever was Santa Fe and we sang the medley for years in school. I also co templated many 90’s country albums and the Lion King. But when it comes down to it “try bottle alley or the harbor, try Central Park it’s guaranteed. Ask any banker, bum or, barber; they almost all knows how to read!”

  3. The Running Son
    July 31, 2013

    -10.
    The Nirvana Mtv Unplugged show was epic.

    It made me remember the Alice in Chains Unplugged show prod. by Mtv.. I dont know if I want to commit to this as my one album either… but damn! It’s good..

    -10 more, for my friggin indecisiveness

    In case you forgot what rainy Seattle black-tar music-to-slit-your-wrists-to AIC sounds like, I think I accidentally dropped a link below..
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    -• RunningSon •-

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