Sunday, April 1, 2012

NaBloPoMo April: Reading Poetry (Lyrics are Poems)

NaBloPoMo April 2012So, one of the assignments we did for our Speech/Public Speaking class was doing a reading of a lyric or poem. This seemed to cause a great deal of consternation for one of my classmates, an older man of late middle age and “dudebro” demeanor. He did the thing where you cannot wrap your mind around the concept of the assignment and there for everything about it is stupid. This was apparently because he claimed to have no use for poetry and also, that he had never paid attention to song lyrics. I was considerably less panicked because I do pay attention to song lyrics and I also like poetry.

I was kind of conflicted about the lyric I wanted to use, however. Specifically I was torn between using Nancy Louise Freeman’s “Broken Goddess” and “That One Song” by S.J. Tucker. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, as both songs are pretty amazing. 

“Broken Goddess” is based this novel by Hans Bemmann. (Which is a great book.) This song is an example of “filk” music. Filk music is a genre of music that more or less came together as a result of fans of certain media (specifically fantasy and science fiction) often being extremely creative. So, filk music is generally about science fiction or fantasy books, TV series or movies. It can also be about computers, computer games, filking itself, and thoughts on fandom and just about any other topic.  For "Broken Goddess," Freeman also included the chorus from an ancient Greek play called “The Frogs” by Aristophanes. (That would be the “brekekekex” refrain.) 

“That One Song” is folk, and while it reminds me of several characters from various shows/books/movies I’ve watched, I do not think it is a filk song. It has some lovely lines, like this: 

Cross not the princess with the tourniquet
'round her autumn hair
She tries to steal my thunder
Dislodge her from her father and she
just might deign to care

And also this:

Make it so, pack up your heart and go
We'll meet you out on the road and ride out of the sunset
One with the red-ended day and the blue-hearted storm

S.J. Tucker is probably one of my favorite lyricists/musicians. 

I ended up going with the Nancy Louise Freeman song, though it was longer and more difficult to read/recite, and has a lot of symbolism that I am pretty sure no one got. (As proof of this, I had Mr. I Don’t Get This Assignment making stupid comments about the lyrics.) Still, this song had a lot of great lines in it. 

Like this:

My iron shoes have worn their soles right through
So if you have to be a frog,
I'll be a frog with you.

And also, this:

I've come to see no robber bridegroom
Hides inside of you,
But will you give the ferryman his due?

There was a lot of fairy tale and mythology symbolism in this song, which is why I loved it so much. (And also, because "brekekekex" is just that fun to say.)