guitar poems

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by David Dalton, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. David Dalton

    David Dalton Guest

    Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    from poems:

    First from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's A Woman's Shortcomings:

    Go, lady, lean to the night guitar
    And drop a smile to the bringer;
    Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
    At the voice of an in-door singer

    Then from Percy Bysshe Shelley's To Constantia Singing:

    Her voice is hovering o'er my soul -- it lingers
    O'ershadowing it with soft and lulling wings
    The blood and life within those snowy fingers
    Teach witchcraft to the instrumental strings


    But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has
    shortComings or considers herself a witch.
    Does she have one of those Daisy guitars yet,
    probably the goth model not the frilly one?

    David
    http://www.nfld.com/~dalton
  2. "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    > from poems:
    > (snip)
    >> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    > shortComings or considers herself a witch.


    i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.

    wayne harrison
  3. JHT

    JHT Guest

    Wayne Harrison <wayno@triad.rr.com> wrote in article <qCb3b.25164$J16.1432294@twister.southeast.rr.com>...
    >
    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > > Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    > > from poems:
    > > (snip)
    > >> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    > > shortComings or considers herself a witch.

    >
    > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    > ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.
    >
    > wayne harrison


    It is rather soothing, I admit.

    --
    Jason
    http://www.geocities.com/nobody_upstairs
  4. Mark Buckles

    Mark Buckles Guest

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I play the guitar
    Like Mister Magoo
  5. Roses are red
    > Violets are blue
    > I play the guitar
    > Like Mister Magoo


    -- Good one :)
    Benoît Meulle-Stef.
    Luthier
    www.bmsguitars.com
    "Mark Buckles" <mark@mark.buckles.moc> a écrit dans le message de
    news:eek:prulixrsw39ut8p@news.dslextreme.com...
    >
  6. In article <bikfdq$13q8q$1@sinclair.be.wanadoo.com>, Meulle-Stef benoît
    <bensguitar@wanadoo.be> wrote:

    > Roses are red
    > > Violets are blue
    > > I play the guitar
    > > Like Mister Magoo

    >
    > -- Good one :)
    > Benoît Meulle-Stef.
    > Luthier
    > www.bmsguitars.com


    The glassic guitar poem is by Wallace Stephens...

    managed to find a web page with excerpts

    Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar" (excerpts)

    I

    The man bent over his guitar,
    A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

    They said, "You have a blue guitar,
    You do not play things as they are."

    The man replied, "Things as they are
    Are changed upon the blue guitar."

    And they said then, "But play, you must,
    A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,

    A tune upon the blue guitar
    Of things exactly as they are."

    II

    I cannot bring a world quite round,
    Although I patch it as I can.

    I sing a hero's head, large eye
    And bearded bronze, but not a man,

    Although I patch him as I can
    And reach through him almost to man.

    If to serenade almost to man
    Is to miss, by that, things as they are,

    Say it is the serenade
    Of a man that plays a blue guitar.

    III

    Ah, but to play man number one,
    To drive the dagger in his heart,

    To lay his brain upon the board
    And pick the acrid colors out,

    To nail his thought across the door,
    Its wings spread wide to rain and snow,

    To strike his living hi and ho,
    To tick it, tock it, turn it true,

    To bang from it a savage blue,
    Jangling the metal of the stringsŠ

    ....

    VI

    A tune beyond us as we are,
    Yet nothing changed by the blue guitar;

    Ourselves in the tune as if in space,
    Yet nothing changed, except the place

    Of things as they are and only the place
    As you play them, on the blue guitar,

    Placed, so, beyond the compass of change,
    Perceived in a final atmosphere;

    For a moment final, in the way
    The thinking of art seems final when

    The thinking of god is smoky dew.
    The tune is space. The blue guitar

    Becomes the place of things as they are,
    A composing of senses of the guitar.

    please find the poem in your library and read it all

    btw, other well voiced women singers: Beth Orton, Cristina Branco,
    Mariza, Mary Jane Lamond

    --
    sheila
  7. Mike brown

    Mike brown Guest

    In article <qCb3b.25164$J16.1432294@twister.southeast.rr.com>, "Wayne
    Harrison" <wayno@triad.rr.com> wrote:

    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > > Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    > > from poems:
    > > (snip)
    > >> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    > > shortComings or considers herself a witch.

    >
    > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    > ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.
    >
    > wayne harrison


    Personally I preferred Sarah Vaughan.
    Michael James Richard B
  8. Mike brown

    Mike brown Guest


    > The glassic guitar poem is by Wallace Stephens...
    >
    > managed to find a web page with excerpts
    >
    > Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar" (excerpts)
    >
    > I
    >
    > The man bent over his guitar,
    > A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.
    >
    > They said, "You have a blue guitar,
    > You do not play things as they are."
    >
    > The man replied, "Things as they are
    > Are changed upon the blue guitar."
    >
    > And they said then, "But play, you must,
    > A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,
    >
    > A tune upon the blue guitar
    > Of things exactly as they are."
    >
    > II
    >
    > I cannot bring a world quite round,
    > Although I patch it as I can.
    >
    > I sing a hero's head, large eye
    > And bearded bronze, but not a man,
    >
    > Although I patch him as I can
    > And reach through him almost to man.
    >
    > If to serenade almost to man
    > Is to miss, by that, things as they are,
    >
    > Say it is the serenade
    > Of a man that plays a blue guitar.
    >
    > III
    >
    > Ah, but to play man number one,
    > To drive the dagger in his heart,
    >
    > To lay his brain upon the board
    > And pick the acrid colors out,
    >
    > To nail his thought across the door,
    > Its wings spread wide to rain and snow,
    >
    > To strike his living hi and ho,
    > To tick it, tock it, turn it true,
    >
    > To bang from it a savage blue,
    > Jangling the metal of the stringsŠ
    >
    > ...
    >
    > VI
    >
    > A tune beyond us as we are,
    > Yet nothing changed by the blue guitar;
    >
    > Ourselves in the tune as if in space,
    > Yet nothing changed, except the place
    >
    > Of things as they are and only the place
    > As you play them, on the blue guitar,
    >
    > Placed, so, beyond the compass of change,
    > Perceived in a final atmosphere;
    >
    > For a moment final, in the way
    > The thinking of art seems final when
    >
    > The thinking of god is smoky dew.
    > The tune is space. The blue guitar
    >
    > Becomes the place of things as they are,
    > A composing of senses of the guitar.
    >
    > please find the poem in your library and read it all
    >
    > btw, other well voiced women singers: Beth Orton, Cristina Branco,
    > Mariza, Mary Jane Lamond


    Good job I read to the end of the thread, because I was about to post the
    first verse of this. It was always one of my wife's favourites. And mine.
    Michael James Richard B
  9. rtmca

    rtmca Guest

  10. Matt Hayden

    Matt Hayden Guest

    "Wayne Harrison" <wayno@triad.rr.com> wrote in message news:<qCb3b.25164$J16.1432294@twister.southeast.rr.com>...
    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > > Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    > > from poems:
    > > (snip)
    > >> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    > > shortComings or considers herself a witch.

    >
    > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    > ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.
    >
    > wayne harrison



    I second that.

    mh
  11. David Dalton

    David Dalton Guest

    Wayne Harrison wrote:

    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    >> Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    >> from poems:
    >> (snip)
    >>> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    >> shortComings or considers herself a witch.

    >
    > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i
    > have ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.


    Well, she took my advice and has and/or almost has an orgasm just
    before going into the studio or on stage. (Just kidding.)

    She is also a fine songwriter and acoustic guitar player
    and piano or keyboard player and I think has also dabbled
    at electric guitar and piano accordion and ukulele
    and has written some unpublished (so far) poems I think.
    But often she lets other guitar players support her
    since she can project slightly better with her voice
    when she doesn't have to worry about the guitar too.

    But yes, her voice certainly gets my attention and
    she gets better every time I hear her live. Her
    new CD will be out Nov. 4 and the first single
    Fallen I think will be released in September for
    us starving fans, and she may tour in 2004.

    Do any of you play any of her tunes?

    David
    http://www.nfld.com/~dalton (stuff on Newfoundland musicians, venues,
    sessions, festivals, etc., though I don't have a guitar list
    yet like I do for voice or accordion, fiddle or mandolin
    but there are some fine electric and acoustic guitar players here)
  12. "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    news:bil9i8$8ct$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > Wayne Harrison wrote:
    > > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i
    > > have ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.



    and she may tour in 2004.
    >
    > Do any of you play any of her tunes?
    >
    > David


    you gotta be kiddin'...see my posts under the "willis alan ramsay"
    thread.
    :)

    wayne
  13. David Dalton

    David Dalton Guest

    Wayne Harrison wrote:

    >
    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bil9i8$8ct$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    >> Wayne Harrison wrote:
    >> > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i
    >> > have ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.

    >
    >
    > and she may tour in 2004.
    >>
    >> Do any of you play any of her tunes?
    >>
    >> David

    >
    > you gotta be kiddin'...see my posts under the "willis alan ramsay"
    > thread.
    > :)
    >
    > wayne


    Ha, but I bet you could handle the stripped down versions
    on The Freedom Sessions.

    Does Sarah have guitar versions of music in books available
    from http://www.werkshop.com or just piano? I know I
    should check myself and get a t-shirt while I'm at it but
    must do some math work... ah well I'll check... OK, there
    is a vocal, piano and guitar book for Surfacing but I'm
    surprised earlier stuff isn't there too. And I didn't get
    a new t-shirt yet but may later get a few dozen. :)

    Also Wayne I bet you are much better than me on the guitar,
    the only time I thought I beat out a reasonable tune on
    one was during a delusional state during waxing gibbous
    moon in late January 1996 when I thought I could tune up
    the world magically by tuning up my nieces' child model
    guitar. In doing that I mistakenly thought since
    bass is low it should be on the bottom and I strung the
    guitar upside down (when bass sets the foundation I guess
    and thus goes first and goes on top). But then in the
    early morning after an all-nighter I think I actually
    for a couple of minutes played a gypsy sounding tune.
    But anyway for now I can't play an instrument or sing
    very well but can do sound (but haven't in a few years)
    and plan to learn an instrument and also learn to sing
    a bit better someday, since my lyric improv ability may
    come back and it would be nice to be able to improv
    actually on stage though I am a bit scared of that for now.

    OK, now obviously I have to try and write a guitar poem,
    maybe about the time I heard Stevie Ray live at Expo 86,
    or Sarah glowing at the Clayoquot Sound benefit in 1992.

    When I try to zap guitars I sometimes imagine a
    star of David zapping the guitar and linking to
    each of the six strings; plus I try to link through
    the player's meridians to the guitar, plus do a
    fingure 8/infinity loop, plus guess the type of
    wood in the guitar and link to that species, plus
    occaionally link metal strings to the earth's core,
    plus do a two-pronged [2nd/5th chakras] voice/guitar projection
    enhancement, and other various creative pan ability
    type visualizations that may or may not make the
    crack grand for anyone other than me but at least
    seem to improve my own listening experience.

    And I probably have seen a GUI in TAR file form before. (groan)

    David
    "it's like my first guitar played, at the centre is a hole,
    at the centre is a longing" Ferron (possibly misquoted,
    I think from Girl on the Road from Driver)
  14. Tom Loredo

    Tom Loredo Guest

    I haven't seen the whole thread so perhaps these were posted and I
    missed them. Here they are in any case. The Sandburg poem is
    a special faborite, even if it only mentions a guitar in the title....

    Peace,
    Tom Loredo

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Guitarist Tunes Up

    With what attentive courtesy he bent
    Over his instrument;
    Not as a lordly conqueror who could
    Command both wire and wood,
    But as a man with a loved woman might,
    Inquiring with delight
    What slight essential things she had to say
    Before they started, he and she, to play.

    -- Frances Cornford (1886-1960)




    To Jane

    The keen stars were twinkling
    And the fair moon was rising among them,
    Dear Jane.
    The guitar was tinkling
    But the notes were not sweet 'till you sung them
    Again.---
    As the moon's soft spendour
    O'er the faint cold starlight of Heaven
    Is thrown---
    So your voice most tender
    To the strings without soul had given
    Its own.

    The stars will awaken,
    Though the moon sleep a full hour later,
    Tonight;
    No leaf will be shaken
    While the dews of your melody scatter
    Delight.
    Though the sound overpowers
    Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
    A tone
    Of some world far from ours,
    Where music and moonlight and feeling
    Are one.

    -- P. B. Shelley




    Solo for Saturday Night Guitar

    Time was. Time is. Time shall be.
    Man invented time to be used.
    Love was. Love is. Love shall be.
    Yet man never invented love
    Nor is love to be used like time.
    A clock wears numbers one to twelve
    And you look and read its face
    And tell the time pre-cise-ly ex-act - ly.
    Yet who reads the face of love?
    Who tells love numbers pre-cise-ly ex-act-ly?
    Holding love in a tight hold for keeps,
    Fastening love down and saying
    "It's here now and here always."
    You don`t do this off hand, careless-like.
    Love costs. Love is not so easy
    Nor is the shimmering of stardust
    Nor the smooth flow of new blossoms
    Nor the drag of a heavy hungering for someone.

    Love is a white horse you ride
    or wheels and hammers leaving you lonely
    or a rock in the moonlight for rest
    or a sea where phantom ships cross always
    or a tall shadow always whispering
    or a circle of spray and prisms---
    maybe a rainbow round your shoulder.

    Heavy heavy is love to carry
    and light as one rose petal,
    light as a bubble, a blossom,
    a remembering bar of music
    or a finger or a wisp of hair
    never forgotten.

    -- Carl Sandburg
  15. Mike brown

    Mike brown Guest

    In article <3F4FA84E.A5E89230@astro.cornell.edu>, Tom Loredo
    <loredo@astro.cornell.edu> wrote:

    > I haven't seen the whole thread so perhaps these were posted and I
    > missed them. Here they are in any case. The Sandburg poem is
    > a special faborite, even if it only mentions a guitar in the title....
    >
    > Peace,
    > Tom Loredo
    >


    Tom. Thanks for those. I particularly like the Frances Cornford. I read
    quite a bit of poetry and haven't come across that one. I've saved them
    all.
    Michael James Richard B
  16. Bill Benzel

    Bill Benzel Guest

    Wayne Harrison (wayno@triad.rr.com) wrote:
    :
    : i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    : ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.
    :

    So you must have missed Julie London by a year or so.

    --
    Bill
  17. Mike brown

    Mike brown Guest

    In article <zIq4b.1106$if4.767439@newshog.newsread.com>,
    sirwill1@netaxs.com (Bill Benzel) wrote:

    > Wayne Harrison (wayno@triad.rr.com) wrote:
    > :
    > : i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    > : ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.
    > :
    >
    > So you must have missed Julie London by a year or so.


    Oh yes. I'd forgotten Julie. What a voice. And she looked just like she
    sounded too. Wow.
    Michael James Richard B
  18. "Wayne Harrison" <wayno@triad.rr.com> wrote in message news:<qCb3b.25164$J16.1432294@twister.southeast.rr.com>...
    > "David Dalton" <dalton@nfld.com> wrote in message
    > news:bijcc3$31a$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca...
    > > Here are two quotes I have mentioned before on alt.music.s-mclachlan
    > > from poems:
    > > (snip)
    > >> But I am not implying that Sarah McLachlan has

    > > shortComings or considers herself a witch.

    >
    > i say to you that ms. mclachlan has the most wonderfully erotic voice i have
    > ever heard, in these 50 odd years of hearing.


    Roger that. Anybody have the guitar tabs for her song, "Adia"?

    http://chucklysaght.envy.nu/MyDailyRant.html
    >
    > wayne harrison

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