“Don’t Delay, Act Now”

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Think of lyrics as poetry . . .

Listen to Smash Mouth’s  “Walkin’ On The Sun”

It ain’t no joke I’d like to buy the world a toke
And teach the world to sing in perfect harmony
And teach the world to snuff the fires and the liars
Hey I know it’s just a song but it’s spice for the recipe
This is a love attack I know it went out but it’s back.
It’s just like any fad it retracts before impact
And just like fashion it’s a passion for the with it and hip
If you got the goods they’ll come and buy it just to stay in the clique

[Chorus:]
So don’t delay act now supplies are running out
Allow if you’re still alive six to eight years to arrive
And if you follow there may be a tomorrow
But if the offer’s shunned you might as well be walkin’ on the sun

Twenty-five years ago they spoke out and they broke out
Of recession and oppression and together they toked
And they folked out with guitars around a bonfire
Just singin’ and clappin’ man what the hell happened
Then some were spellbound some were hellbound
Some they fell down and some got back up and
Fought back ‘gainst the melt down
And their kids were hippie chicks all hypocrites
Because fashion is smashin’ the true meaning of it

[Repeat Chorus]

It ain’t no joke when a mama’s handkerchief is soaked
With her tears because her baby’s life has been revoked
The bond is broke up so choke up and focus on the close up
Mr. Wizard can’t perform no godlike hocus-pocus
So don’t sit back kick back and watch the world get bushwhacked
News at 10:00 your neighborhood is under attack
Put away the crack before the crack puts you away
You need to be there when your baby’s old enough to relate

[Repeat Chorus]

You might as well be walkin’ on the sun
You might as well be walkin’ on the sun
You might as well be walkin’ on the sun
You might as well be walkin’ on the sun

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Today’s assignment:
1. Interpret the true meaning of these lyrics.
2. Explain how they apply (or do not apply) to your protagonist.
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Find Smash Mouth on twitter.
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Burn the Witch

This song by Radiohead reminds us to watch out for groupthink.

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Avoiding groupthink is especially important in an election year. Do your own research.

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groupthink

noun
1.

the practice of approaching problems or issues as matters that are best dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently; conformity.
2.

the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.

 

(dictionary.com)

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I’ll See You in My Dreams

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I was afraid this movie would just be about old women, but it’s not. It has a delightful

story that appeals to all ages.

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Martin Starr, playing Lloyd, studied poetry in college and now earns his living as a pool boy. In the story he writes this beautiful tune, sung in the end credits by Keegan DeWitt.

Listen: Keegan DeWitt

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Today’s assignment:

1. Watch this movie.

2.Follow along with the screenplay. (here.)

 

Aesop for Inspiration

Gutenberg.org has Aesop’s Fables available. One of the short tales is:

The Farmer and the Snake

ONE WINTER a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The Snake was quickly revived by the warmth, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting on him a mortal wound. “Oh,” cried the Farmer with his last breath, “I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel.”

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.

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The Snake” is a song and single by American singer Al Wilson, written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop’s fable of The Farmer and the Viper. (wiki)

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Al Wilson at youtube.

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On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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“I saved you,” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die.”
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“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.
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“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
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 (Lyricsfreak)
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Today’s Assignment:
Write down your interpretation of the lyrics to Al Wilson’s song.
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Jack Hanna can be seen in Borneo with the snakes in Season 4 — Episode Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 9.11.27 AM
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(available on Netflix)

 

Bob Dylan and David Walker

Well known musician, Bob Dylan, and illustrator, David Walker, have teamed up to create this delightful children’s book:

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Find it here.

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Find more from David Walker at his website here.

George Harrison (yes, of the Beatles) sang this Bob Dylan song: If Not for You.

Click here for George Harrison on youtube.

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Sing along with the lyrics:

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(bobdylan.com)

See how these lyrics can be appropriate for all ages?

Isn’t it magical when creative minds come together to create something that becomes a classic cultural thread?

Today’s assignment:

1. Write a poem that holds meaning for all ages. Remember song lyrics are a form of poetry. 

2. Create an illustration to accompany your poem.

Subtext: Layers of Meaning

Song lyrics are poetry set to music.

They often hold multiple meanings– and can be interpreted in a personal way by each individual.

Consider the lyrics to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic.

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(dictionary.com) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/subtext


Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCFm1x3ZAtw

2. Write your own lyrics. Include subtext.

3. Select a song or a song’s lyrics. (This can be what you just wrote.) Study the lyrics — line by line. Explain what the words mean to you. If you wish, explain what they might mean to someone else.

Poetry Friday — Make it a Resolution!

I know some of you are reluctant about poetry — yet at the same time I hear you singing (often rather strange, even odd) lyrics to songs — well, lyrics are poetry!

The Bards of Old (sometimes blind, sometimes accompanying themselves on a harp) memorized and presented super-long ballads and were greatly revered in their communities. For example, Homer is often known as “The Blind Bard.” See more here:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/homer/p/HomerGuide.htm

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For those of you wishing for something even more academic, look at this:

http://universitypublishingonline.org/edinburgh/aaa/chapter.jsf?bid=CBO9780748632015&cid=CBO9780748632015A008&pageTab=ce&

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While there are all kinds of poetry — some rhyming — some not . . .

we should familiarize ourselves with both older, more traditional poetry, as well as, newer forms.

Your poem for today is:

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More great poetry resources can be found here:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621

Now back to you reluctant poets . . .

check this out:http://taylorswift.com/media/videos/63833/75813

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Some might call this poetry. Look for more lyrics here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/