You had me at track one…

You had me at track one…

Dang, Canada.  You got some craazy talent.  

Of your musical exports in the past decade, the band Stars remains solidly in first position for me.  Music, understandably, is considered a subjective matter depending on the genre leanings of the listener.  Yet, since I first discovered the album “Heart” in a dingy, labyrinthine music store some seven years ago, Stars has never failed to woo me with crystal clear vocals, enlightened lyrics and organic, upbeat tunes.

I say all of this to give a nod to the band which has, without fail, been an accomplice to my writing over time, inspiring many a thought and providing timely encouragement during the occasional writer’s “mind blank”.

Many writers prefer to write in silence.  For me, music and writing go hand-in-hand.  I couldn’t have done without the company along the way. So, here’s looking at you, Stars.

Lakeside poem

Pebbles on the shores of time

I was lonely

Until your pebble swept beside mine.

There are many sorts of pebbles, here

Some think the water is something to fear

As it shrouds, it’s easy to come loose

And drift to some new home you didn’t choose.

You cannot grow roots, or fly

So contentment is the only option

As this glistening, silver tongue rolls by.

Clouds mark this tongue when it’s a still canopy

But even when gentle

It reshapes the rougher parts of me

The wind shifts water

And shifts me yet again

Time to go with the flow

And find new friends

There are twigs, too, and sandy jewels

That wink amongst the weed.

But without a doubt

You’re the sweetest pebble

I ever had the pleasure to meet.