Senryu The soft rain falling Gently washing away tears And healing your heart Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Haiku The Dandelion Neglected, resilient Beauty in its fear Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
This week I found myself torn with regard to song choice. The prompts for Song Lyric Sunday are Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef and Tropical, suggested by Kristian, from Tales From The Mind of Kristian. As Paul Simon is one of my favorite artists I wanted to feature ‘I Am A Rock’. The lyrics to me are pure poetry. At the same time I like the upbeat Sammy Hagar song, ‘All We Need Is An Island’, so I decided to go with both. I hope you enjoy them.
Simon was going solo at this time because the Simon & Garfunkel 1964 debut album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. had stiffed, and the duo split up. Late in 1965, the producer Tom Wilson overdubbed and remixed a track from that album, “The Sound Of Silence,” and it became a huge hit. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were summoned back to the studio, where they recorded the singles “I Am A Rock” and “Homeward Bound,” which were included on their Sound of Silence album. These songs were recorded with producer Bob Johnston at one of the Columbia Records studios in New York City, and now released with a more contemporary sound, “I Am A Rock” became a hit for the duo.
In the UK, this was released three times in a one year span: first as the original Paul Simon single in 1965, then in the summer of 1966 it was released as an EP and again as a single. The song was very popular there in 1966, but the chart position suffered because the sales of the single were diluted by multiple releases.
The guitarist on the Simon & Garfunkel hit version of this song was Ralph Casale, who was a top session player in the ’60s. He remembers organist Al Kooper and drummer Bobby Gregg – both associated with Bob Dylan – also performing on the song. Describing the sessions, Ralph told us: “The band was booked from 7:00 p.m. into the wee hours of the morning. I was given a lead sheet for ‘I Am A Rock’ with just chords and asked to play the electric twelve string guitar. The producer wanted a sound similar to the Byrds. It was important that session players became familiar with the current hits because many times producers describe the style they want by referring to well known groups. Paul Simon sang the figure he wanted me to play between verses and asked me to play it in thirds. The rest was left to me. ‘Homeward Bound’ was on that same date.”
A winter's day, in a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window to the streets below On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow I am a rock, I am an island I've built walls A fortress deep and mighty That none may penetrate I have no need of friendship Friendship causes pain It's laughter and it's loving I disdain I am a rock, I am an island Don't talk of love But I've heard the words before It's sleeping in my memory I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died If I never loved I never would have cried I am a rock, I am an island I have my books And my poetry to protect me I am shielded in my armor Hiding in my room, safe within my womb I touch no one and no one touches me I am a rock, I am an island And a rock feels no pain And an island never cries Writer: Paul Simon
There was a suggestion that 65-year-old Hagar record this song with 23-year-old country-pop superstar Taylor Swift, but he was concerned about the age difference. Instead he laid it down it with Heart’s Nancy Wilson. “She did the best duet on the record,” Hagar told Jam! Music of Wilson. “She brought more to that song than everyone else did … It’s beautiful. She took my idea and just made it from a girl’s perspective. I wanted to do it with someone real young and hip and popular and my manager and everyone around me was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah! Let’s get Taylor Swift! Yeah, her guitar player is a big Sammy fan! All he does is play your music on the bus.’ And then I thought, ‘Well, gee, what if someone wants us to do a video, then people are going to be going, ‘Is that her grandpa?’ I’m okay with being a grandpa but not Taylor Swift’s grandpa.”
Hagar also considered recording this with the lead singer of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. “I met Grace Potter, and I wanted to do a duet with her,” he told Rolling Stone, “but I didn’t have the song. I thought ‘All We Need Is an Island,’ but I ended up doing that with Nancy [Wilson], and Nancy killed it.”
Well, all we need is an island Big ol' sandy beach Palm tree for some shade Sweet sugar cane All we need is an island (all we need is an island) A hammock that swings A tall cool one, a whole lotta sun A belly full of rum All we need is an island Ooh, all we need is an island All we need is an island Get the cold ass winter gone So cold and so long Feel it in my bones All we need is an island (all we need is an island) A little time alone A feeling in me, you and me A little ecstasy All we need is an island Ooh, all we need is an island (All we need is an island) All we need is an island Sea, sun, salt and sex A line and a pole Put a pig in a hole All we need is an island Work, work, work away Honey, take me to this paradise With a miracle kiss All we need is an island Ooh, all we need is an island (All we need is an island) All we need is an island (All we need is an island) Ooh, all we need is an island (All we need is an island) All we need is an island Writer: Sammy Hagar
Eyes, the windows to the soul Pools of turquoise sea I swim in calming waters sometimes drifting in delightful fantasy They could look at me lovingly or pierce with pain from anger Cry a river of tears or close in sleep of contentment I imagine them with X-ray vision Looking straight into my heart Knowing what made it beat so fast Seeing into my mind, reading my thoughts Eyes cast on new life for the first time Celebrating moments of joy with human camera lens capturing memories never to be forgotten Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Word Prompts Eyes (Body Part) - Stream of Consciousness Celebrate - RDP X-Ray - FOWC Forgetful - Word of the Day
Haiku Rows of lavender Beautiful in the French fields The fragrance divine Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Haiku For thousands of years The rivers smoothed the pebbles Washing away time Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Breaking the night in orange glow Rising in the sky but still slow is sunlight Streaking though the limbs of oak trees Catching dust particles with ease are sunbeams Dancing on water’s gentle waves Sparkling diamonds memory saves as sun-kissed Tanning bodies on sandy shores Skin soaking in lotion one pours for sunburn As the day wears on it sinks low Towards the west it now must go to sunset Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets and she has prompted us with Compound Word Verse. The Compound Word Verse is a poetry form invented by Margaret R. Smith that consists of five 3-line stanzas, for a total of 15 lines. The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word and these compound words share a common stem word which is taken from the title. (In the first example below the stem word is “moon” from the title “Moonlighting”; the compound words related to the title are moondust, moonbeams, moonsongs, etc.) The Compound Word Verse (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows: Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b Syllable/Meter: 8, 8, 3 Image by sabri ismail from Pixabay
Senryu The silver moonlight Shines brightly on your body Highlighting beauty Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
I know I am not alone whenever I have found myself in this situation. No matter how hard we try, it’s just not going to happen. You understand, right?
Have a great Wednesday!
For Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday
Haiku In the still of night Bullfrogs croak love messages Enticing their mate Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved