Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"The (college) Performers"

My son is in the white pants (it is his voice that begins the song (and continues throughout) and the falsetto at 1:30.  This was six years ago at college.  (click and it will enlarge) He is an actor/singer/writer living in Brooklyn, NY.

The (college) Performers

Heaven and Hell,
operatic or rock n roll;

it's the blend I suppose we're drawn to,
a bit of rebel versus saint,

humor and fear,
blended falsetto and cello.

on a hot summer's night,

exploding stars
beneath North Carolina’s sky,

together, center stage one last time.

by Margaret Bednar, April 24, 2018

This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - The Tuesday Platform".  I have an exercise where I will listen to music and just ... write down my feelings, thoughts, impressions during the song and fiddle with it for no more than five minutes afterwards.  They don't always make sense, but this one I did to a recording my son performed in six years ago - "The Black Parade" by American band "My Chemical Romance".  This is a rock opera centering around "The Patient" and his passage out of life and the memories he has of his life.

also linked with NaPoWriMo 2018 (30 poems in 30 days)  I've successfully completed 22 poems in 23 days so far.

I am in the process of getting my photos and video clips of my two daughters in their high school's production of Cinderella (my oldest was Cinderella, my other daughter a step sister) and it has a whole different feel than "The Black Parade" :)  I hope to share this year's musical with you soon.


Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is beautiful, Margaret!💞 Thank you so much for sharing!💞

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Such a talented family! The video clip is terrific. I look forward to more about your girls in Cinderella. And meanwhile, I loved the poem with its blend of celebration and already the beginnings of nostalgia.

Ellecee said...

I enjoyed this memory you shar3d with us Margaret. It must be exciting and with feelings of pride when you watch your children perform. Thank you for sharing with us. Your poem speaks. :-)

Thotpurge said...

That last line is lovely!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This sounds like an excellent writing exercise, Margaret. Music is very inspiring, and the fond memories you share make for a thoughtful description.

Samyuktha Semi Jayaprakash said...

This was so much fun to read!
And congrats and all the best on the successful naprowimo!

revelations said...

great read and I love how you gather inspiration...

Other Mary said...

Excellent poem, and subject. That video is a real gem, Margaret.

Gillena Cox said...

Luv it! thanks for sharing the video too


Magaly Guerrero said...

I love the dance between opposites, the joy fed into every line... I can see the speaker's face as the feelings reach heart and brain. The merriment is contagious. The same goes for the bittersweet ending, which reminds us that even when a performance can be repeated, the emotions we get from each come only once. And that's not a bad thing, but... it's hard not to miss every wonder we've ever lived (even if just a little).

Carrie Van Horn said...

Sounds like he is talented like his Mother. Love the poem you wrote. The whole post is a wonderful treasure to open!

kaykuala said...

Fantastic Marge! Most talented Mom leading a most talented team of siblings. Waiting for more, Ma'am!


Cressida de Nova said...

You must be proud of your creative and talented children. Hope your son is enjoying his life as a creative artist rather than a corporate accountant. Don't forget to send the food parcels Mom :)

Susie Clevenger said...

There is nothing like watching the talent of your children and trying to capture a bit of it with a pen.

annell4 said...

I enjoyed reading your poem. I could exactly be sure I could see your Son. But I love to hear about him and how much he means to you!

Kim M. Russell said...

I'm very late reading and commenting, Margaret, but I'm glad I did. What a joy to have a such a talented family. I love the way you describe the range of music as
'a bit of rebel versus saint,
humor and fear,
blended falsetto and cello'.