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Mad Sing You II Sunday 7.20.2014 1-4pm

Mad Sing You II poetrymusic Fest

One Life to Live

Am I running from the coming of the fountain of afford?
Is water getting wider before we have a chance to ford?
How’s the hide of hoarder hoisting heavy load?
There are questions lacking in the running of the day,
personal people problems per their portion of the pay
with not a lot of options in the play or way of lay,
at least that’s what they say.

I say sock it to em,
sex it up,
add some color,
bunny hop,
make it funky,
do it down,
even clunky you can clown
defrown that upsidedown.

– Smith, 7.15.2014

In 5 Days, 7 Poet-Music Acts:

MAD SING YOU II 2nd Annual poetrymusic Fest
Sunday July 20, 2014, 1pm – 4pm
a 21 and over show
Pat’s in the Flats
2233 W. 3rd St (bottom of Literary Hill)
Cleveland, Ohio
$5 cover charge

This is the song most folk like of mine . . . going to do some sort of version of it at Mad Sing You 2nd Annual poetrymusic Fest Sunday at Pat’s in the Flats, probably between 1:30 and 2pm — click here to hear High Wind Whether.

I almost chickened out last year when Dan Smith asked me to sing my words in front of a band and actual people for his Mad Sing You 1st Annual poetrymusic Fest, but performed in spite of myself for my first time musically on stage in front of an audience.

He asked again this year, but my main music man wasn’t keen to repeat, so with great relief I said no – but then on a whim I asked Shawn Mishak (guitarist, vocalist, lyricist and leader of Kid Tested) if he would be interested, and he said yes, so now I’m stuck performing outside my comfort zone again, which is a good thing.

So in 5 days we’ll be joining Latex Menagerie (spoken word by Bree, Adam Brodsky & Russ Vidrick), Shelley Chernin, Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d (JJ Haaz & John Burroughs), Tom Adams w/ Goggles Pisano, The Deep Cleveland Trio Band (w/ Dan Smith), Terry Provost . . . Shawn and I are The Leftovers.

Not sure what we’re doing since Shawn and I haven’t gotten together yet because he was on tour . . . he’s going to improvise something while I do what I do. Whatever it is, I have to have more oomph in my let loose department than I’ve so far exhibited. (I’m a too tightly wound twit most times).

Find out in 5 days what we do when we do it. Lady may help on the reggae number playing her angklung*.

* (per Wiki) a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. The angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but it originated in what is now Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries.

High Wind Whether (the song)

The trees they are dancing
Wind playing the tune
In sky tall prancing
Beneath a full moon

Clouds chant the chorus
Direction and sound
In song sung just for us
We being earth bound

Romance abounds
Adventure exists
Just look around
At all that you’ve missed

Our feet stuck to dirt
Our hearts leap for air
With happiness we flirt
And shirk our despair

Yes the trees they are dancing
Leaping for the moon
My soul sky chancing
Laughing in loon

Romance abounds
Adventure exists
Just look around
At all that you’ve missed

– Smith, 2011

follow yr heart

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