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Friday, 24 December 2010

Something Nice Happened on the Way to Blogland Recently

The 'phone rang, Doreen answered it and said It's for you! I took it and heard a voice I did not quite recognise singing a song I did not quite recognise. Not at first, anyway. But then, it wasn't a song, as it turned out, but my poem The Eagle and the Child which an old friend of mine from college days had taken the trouble to arrange for guitar and was singing down the 'phone line.

But more than that he had made two videos of it, one of him speaking it and one of him singing it to the guitar, and had put them both on YouTube.

Yet more: he had sent the links to his granddaughter who teaches a year 6 class and she was planning to incorporate them into her teaching.

I promise I am not letting this go to my head, but if anyone out there is interested, here are the links.

(Spoken)

(Sung)

On the other hand, if reading it the first time was more than enough I shall perfectly well understand!

20 comments:

Jeanne said...

Now there's a Christmas gift!

I watched both, but can't decide which I like better.

Merry Christmas, my friend.

Elisabeth said...

Wonderful. How talented you are, your poems travel far and wide, Dave, and what a gift.

Theodore Daniel Richards said...

That's certainly a keeper, Dave. The music is haunting and fits the verse metrically so well.

Derrick said...

Congratulations, Dave! The music suits it very well and I'm sure the children will also enjoy learning it. What a surprise Christmas present.

Tabor said...

Let it go to your head...do a little dance even. You deserve it.

Momo Luna said...

that's so very wonderful David. It even makes me smile.
Have a wonderful Christmas time and a great 2011!!
Your Haiku 328 is great as ever....

TechnoBabe said...

Yay, great video. Your friend did a nice job putting your poem to music.

Kay said...

:) always nice for recognition... let it go to your head! you should be proud!! :))

Gerry Snape said...

Congratulations and a very happy christmas.

Jim Murdoch said...

Delightful, Dave. Pleased for you. Have a Happy Xmas and talk soon.

Helen said...

Mr. Modesty .... I can't wait to hear both! Merry Christmas.

Kat Mortensen said...

How fantastic! Both renditions were fine, but I think I prefer the spoken word.
Another coup for TFE's Poetry Bus and (she says coyly) an inspired prompt!

No. Truly, Dave, your words and facility with imagery are what make this so special.

You must be pleased as punch!

Kat

Glenn Ingersoll said...

Charming as a song. What a treat.

Needs to be covered by Nine Inch Nails. ;-)

Kass said...

This poem lends itself quite nicely to music. Sort of like "Puff, the Magic Dragon."

Very nice.

Adrian LaRoque said...

Merry Christmas Dave and a Happy New Year!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Oh, Dave, those are both great, what a great gift! Merry Christmas!

Rachel Fenton said...

The song version reminded me very much of this, posted way back in September I think, by Rachel Fox:
http://crowd-pleasers.blogspot.com/2010/09/fly-away.html

What a wonderful gift, Dave! Merry Christmas!

Jingle said...

lovely post, you deserve the best..




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Thanks Everyone

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Dick said...

I've often thought that your elegantly rhymed poems would make good songs. Great to hear this one taking wing, Dave! A touch of the Georges Brassens about it.