Peas - (2010)
medium voice and piano
my peas with honey;
I've done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny,
But it keeps them on the knife.
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friend in London, Julie Dalton Williamson, works with graphics and placed a
calligraphic image on her site,
Sketcherie, the other day. I'd never known this silly little poetic
gem, and quickly set it to send to her as my musical amusement to her
posting. She shot back her literary and musicological criticism, as follows:
"Oh! Arrr harrr harr harr!!!" [
Poetry Foundation notes on their site that "This poem was recited on
the February 2, 1944 broadcast of the radio program 'It Pays to Be
Ignorant.' According to the Estate of Shel Silverstein and the archivists
who oversee his literary works and manuscripts, Shel Silverstein did not
write this poem." Who is to argue with that, huh?
Notes of clusters of little black notes might be visualized as....
The score for
Peas is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
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Turnabout is supposed to be fair play, so I added this rhymed comment to her
I drink my beer with a seatbelt,
Though some folks think it odd.
It keeps me upright as I drink,
Or else I'd fall, by God!
Copyright © 2010 Gary Bachlund
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