Thursday, May 5, 2011

55 - music fades (lyics in progress)

wrote a few songs in my day,
& one thing learned along the way
's never fall in love
with the words you sing

cause the line you hang your heart on
will be the one no one remembers
when the lights go down
and the music fades

sang a few songs &
music fades

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see the G, man that is. 


I wrote songs well before I wrote poems. Been kickin this one around for a little bit. Feeling a Jamey Johnson sound to it.

85 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

Do you play guitar by chance? I ask because I've played and written songs for yrs...it wouldnt surprise me to find yet another thing we have in common my friend :)

loving this write dude

Monkey Man said...

So true. Leave it to the reader/listener and don't be disappointed when what you love misses the mark. I'll be up later today.

Titanium said...

It's amazing how the space between what we write and the words people read/hear is the most fertile ground of all.

tracy said...

That's nice, Brian. I used to fancy I could write songs once but never did. BTW, I think it's neat that you met Rob, and I managed to keep Magpie out of trouble yesterday. :-)

Josh Hoyt said...

I like this it is so true the things that we see as the most amazing part and others don't even notice. I like what Titanium wrote as well it is something I will have to think on.

Eva Gallant said...

Applies to many things in life!

G-Man said...

They say all the songs that will ever be, has already been written!
Different people just string them together....
Cool 55 Son.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Daniel said...

I find it fascinating that many song writers come up with the melody before the lyrics. What about you?

TechnoBabe said...

Writing songs must be so rewarding. My hubby composes music but not the words to go with them. I would think, though, that if you have a special feeling for some words you put together, it really doesn't matter if other people remember it or like it or not. It has meaning for you.

Brian Miller said...

sometimes daniel...i know the music to go with this one and can even tell you where it kinda upswings at next...just havent found the words for it yet...

happygirl said...

I would love to write a song. Still working on the pretty prose. Maybe someday something will come out in a rhythm that SINGS. thanks.

Matty said...

But does your voice match your writing talent?

Just Be Real said...

I have written many a song as well in my early teens. Thank you for sharing Brian. Blessings.

Tabor said...

This touched my heart because my son writes and publishes and play songs and he was depressed that their recent CD did not sell well.

Bonnie said...

... it's not just music that fades ...

Myrna R. said...

Your words are always music to my ears. It's true though, sometimes what we treasure, others don't even notice. Great poem.

Suz said...

so.....can you sing em like Leonard?

blueviolet said...

As long as you love it regardless of how it's received, I see no problem.

Jannie Funster said...

Very very nice!

I wrote poems -- bad, bad, bad poems long before I ever tried my hand at tunes.

Again, is there no END to your talent!??!

xo

The Retired One said...

That happens even when we say something to someone else or write to someone else...the interpretation can never be guaranteed!

hedgewitch said...

But you have to write them, sing them and let them go anyway, man. If its any comfort, people forget all about your risotto milanese and only remember your chocolate chip cookies, too, or worse yet, that box of cheap zin.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow look at you pulling out a song
Nothing at all wrong
Yes that goes for any thing
For you may like certain words you bring
But everyone else may just feel a sting
Or ignore them listening to a different string

Pastor Sharon said...

too late. That is exactly where my heart is hanging. . . on the words I wrote.

CM said...

Considering we all know you're an excellent poetic, no big shock you can write songs too! Now my question is...can you SING??? :-)

Grand Pooba said...

Soooo, do we get to actually hear them lyrics set to the music???

Tara Miller said...

I agree with Blue Violet...as long as you're pleased with the outcome it shouldn't matter what others think.

You have such a special gift in that whenever you put pen to paper beauty just flows out.....

Betsy said...

There isn't much difference in writing poetry to writing song lyrics is there? You just need to set some of your poems to tunes!

Janna said...

I write music, though mine is the instrumental kind (orchestra, wind ensemble, quintet, etc) with no words. Even then, this sort of applies. The chords/melody I like the best isn't necessarily what other people like.

Actually, what I thought of when I read this was blog posts. It's odd how sometimes I'll write a post I'm pleased with, I think it's good and funny, I'm excited to see what other people say... and yet hardly anyone comments or says anything.
But then there are the posts I just haphazardly scrape together at the last moment, putting hardly any thought into it-- and somehow THOSE get more comments.
It makes no sense. :)

Very humbling.

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Fireblossom said...

This is writing made of words with many letters in them.

Semi-awesome.

C++

(I'm kidding!)

Rebecca S. said...

Now why does that revelation not surprise me? (smiles) Yes, I went to a writing workshop recently and the writer said, "Be willing to kill off your most precious children," meaning the words we fall in love with. And it's true, you have to!

Slamdunk said...

Not surprising that you creative talents touch a variety of topics and interests...

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

"wrote a few songs in my day..."

Hi! Brian...
I'am not surprised that you wrote songs. Usually, some poets are lyricist/songwriters too!
This poem is very beautiful too!
What a good use Of 55 words.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Pheromone Girl said...

After all, what is a song but a bunch of words strung together to tell a story? Hmmm?

Nicely penned, kind Brian!

kkrige said...

Hey, maybe you could get your erstwhile cousin to come back and join you for some tunes for us. I remember he used to twang a guitar or two. I would love to hear some of your words in a song.

TALON said...

You never know what will strike a chord with an audience (sorry - that was a really horrible pun)!

KB said...

I can hear it playing in my head. Nicely done, Brian.

Alice Audrey said...

Same thing for writing books. As one of my writing instructors said, "kill your darlings."

yellowhousecafe said...

think you should continue with this one..and then You-Tube to share! "when the lights go down / and the music fades".. love that ~

Zuzana said...

Oh yes, these are some great lyrics. Do you sing as well?
Hope you will have a nice weekend dear Brian,
xoxo

ladyfi said...

I like this! I can imagine you wrote some great lyrics in your day! Hey - it still IS your day.

pandamoniumcat said...

I wrote a song years ago...one song it faded fast though I still can remember the first line of the chorus... ah well it was fun at the time... Nice poem!

MorningAJ said...

I guess all writing's a bit like that. The parts you love are never the ones that others love.

You have a bigger percentage of loved words than most though!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

The song may fade but the words will also remain in your heart.

sewa mobil said...

Nice article, thanks for the information.

anthonynorth said...

I think it was Dr Johnson who advised that whenever you write a line you really like, strike it out!

Baino said...

Alrighty then, get yer guitar out and do an audio! I dare you.

Susan Deborah said...

Brian:

What more? A song-writer? But is it nay different, writing songs and poems? Brian, is there any difference? Tell me?

Joy always,
Susan

Tabor said...

Brian...here and here

Me said...

i could hear music as I read this. :)

BTW - I think you should go right ahead and fall in love with the words you sing...emotion comes through as you're singing, and even if nobody remembers the exact words, they'll remember that much.
-C

budh.aaah said...

Aah..that would explain because you write with such a rhythm, and there are so many songs posted from time to time or poems which hum like a song in my head. Nice to know this detail.

Heather said...

oooh, very cool. You will have to put music too your words here on your blog, soon! Love that!!

Maggie May said...

Doesn't do to fall in love with your work too much...... but you are very gifted!
maggie X

Nuts in May

Austin said...

Sounds as if there was some inspiration from another jam I know! True words though, sometimes I wish people would see what I want them to see but I guess that is my failure in communicating.

Well said bro.

ayala said...

smiles...your words are lovely as always....

Claudia said...

i always hang my heart on the lines i sing...smiles
can hear the music in this brian

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm not surprised you write songs, too. Let me know when this is recorded!

Alan Burnett said...

I expect it setting to music and being performed on-line soon.

Margie said...

Hi Brian
I always see you at Lorraine's bog and you leave such nice comments.
So, I came over to say "hi"
I really liked this 55...

Margie :)

PBJdreamer said...

I really hope this becomes a song. You certainly are talented.

Great 55

that is all

AmyLK said...

I likey!

Belinda said...

We have a resident songwriter at home who gets paid to do it so i don't even try.

Not surpised that you have that talent, too, Brian.

Bossy Betty said...

SO true! Gonna sing those songs anyway....

Vicki Lane said...

'the line you hang your heart on; -- nice.

I know just what you mean...

Margaret said...

Can be said for life in general! What one person finds adorable, the other finds annoying. Love this 55.

Sue said...

Seems like the best songs are the ones we sing for ourselves...

=)

Magpie said...

Brian, that is so true. It seems that when I pour my heart out and there's a line that sums it all up for me and means so much more than the words can say...people miss it. I guess it's when we find the people who "get it" that we make lasting connections.

Helen said...

Oh yes ... I've written a few songs in my time, though I can't say I ever fell in love with them. Nice 55!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

(Scrolling down... scrolling down... Dang! How many comments does this guy get each time?)


Go ahead and love your words, Brian. The best songs are never the most popular ones. (And vice-versa)

But there will always be those of us out there who'll feel that love.

Mona said...

And to think that I have been reading about structuralism and death of the author lately...

Everyday Goddess said...

great expression of a songwriter's plight!

Tulika Verma said...

you inspire me!

hope said...

This one even sounds like music! Nice...have a great weekend!

RNSANE said...

I write poetry but I cannot imagine writing a song...well, I think it's poetry I'm writing. Some would debate that.

My Friday Flash 55 is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/05/friday-flash-55-his-fate-was-sealed-may.html

Remember all the terrific mothers in your life every day of the year!!

Steve Isaak said...

I often find that my favorite (written) pieces are the ones that few, if any people, 'get' - and the pieces I publish that are 'meh'/okay pieces get praised more highly.

Go figure. Relatable, good, life-smart work.

Mama Zen said...

And someone will yell "play some Skynyrd!"

Love this one, Brian!

Shanae Branham said...

Hi Brian,
That is really sad to think the most important thing you create will be forgotten. As always...very moving post.

Per your question you asked me last week, I answered in a post on my Ask Shanae blog. I also swiped the picture of you from your blog and added a link below it back here. I hope that's okay. If not, let me know and I will trash the post.

Click here to get the answer

Maggie said...

:O Nice!! You have so many talents, give me some! ;)

Give your song to someone and have them sing it!

secret agent woman said...

A metaphor for life, really.

haikulovesongs said...

i'd love to hear this put to music!

Natasha said...

Ohhhh! POTENTIAL PLUS! Hope you don't mind, but I've built a riff around your words...So often I've written that mind~blowing line, built the entire song round it...and whoops! no one got the point but me! Such a lonely existence by times lol Thought this was awesome, AGAIN!

MomsJournal said...

Just because it doesn't turn out to be the favorite of others doesn't mean it can't be yours. ;-)

Goofball said...

maybe it's ok (in the long run) if the audience doesn't notice the one that touches your heart most..although sometimes that's really frustrating & disappointing too

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

I liked that and agree completely. It's true of songs and poems and essays. :)

Nimue said...

It happens always .. we all have different choices .. even if they are your own words :)

Chris said...

Really like this. If you change writing and singing songs for writing poems, or even prose, the words still apply. So often in life, we do something we think is outstanding but no one notices. But then, people notice something else instead. Hopefully.