Thursday, April 7, 2011

Walking on the Pier With Freedom and Enterprise

Jim Morrison -- poet, rock star, genius.
Don't you hate it when someone starts a blog, actually goes to the trouble to make it interesting, builds an audience, and then inexplicably drops off the face of the planet for months on end? Yeah, me too. It's amazing how time flies though. You feel like you just updated a couple of weeks ago only to check and see... nope! Try a couple of months ago, you disorganized boob.

That said, I sorely apologize for having been "that sort of blogger" over the past few months or so. I've mostly been MIA because of how busy I've been, especially with writing clients and my personal life. However, I don't think that's really any excuse and I should have a lot more time for this sort of thing in the near future. I've made some changes to my client line-up recently and retooled my schedule a bit so I have more personal time. The only thing that will be standing in the way of posting more regularly now will be my ability to sit my butt down in a chair and get 'er done.

So now that the apologies are out of the way, did you know that it's National Poetry Month? I actually didn't, but I do find that fitting, as poetry's been on my mind and in my heart a lot lately. I've been listening to a lot of retro rock lately and marveling over the imagery in some of the lyrics. Yes, I'm sure there were drugs involved as far as a lot of that inspiration goes. However, I'm sure it also has to do with the fact that a lot of these people considered themselves to be poets and artists to the same extent they considered themselves to be musicians.

Case in point, our friend Mr. Jim Morrison in the photo up there. Long before even he had heard of a band called The Doors, he was writing incredible poetry and I personally feel that that poetry background really shows in his music. Some people don't get what the difference is, but I assure you that as both a poet and a musician, there is one. If anyone has ever wondered what my deal is as far as 60's music goes -- and especially Doors music -- there you have it. When I listen to artists like The Doors, or The Beatles, or The Byrds, or Donovan, I hear a lot more than just some pretty awesome music. I hear people who write and think like me.

That said, I've been listening to a lot of Doors music lately and that sort of activity never fails to make me want to churn out some poetry and then make paintings about the imagery to boot. How could it not when we're talking about stuff like this snippet from "Stoned Immaculate":
One summer night, going to the pier  
I ran into two young girls 
The blonde one was called Freedom 
The dark one, Enterprise 
We talked and they told me this story
As anyone who's ever read any of my poetry knows, I love anthropomorphizing abstract concepts as was done here. I also very much enjoy drawing direct inspiration from songs like these, adopting the basic idea, and taking it a few steps further in the making of my own stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if you see Miss Freedom and Miss Enterprise make cameos in something of mine one day soon. After all, it's National Poetry Month! It would be a sin not to write at least a couple of poems before the month is out.