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Wrinkles 11 Oct 08 - 09:32 AM
katlaughing 11 Oct 08 - 10:59 AM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 11 Oct 08 - 07:52 PM
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Subject: Words to Music
From: Wrinkles
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 09:32 AM

VirginiaTam said;
"Good luck in your search for performers. I have written some poems that I am told should be set to music. Suppose I should be looking for a composer. Nah! Too much like work"

There's probably plenty of folk out there who get tunes but nay words; I know, I'm one of them ("You see Sir, I was that deck of cards"); but are put off it by previous trys at colaboration.

The last time I tried to put someone's poem to music for them they were very very miffed I'd changed a few words here and there, which had to be done to make the words fit the strict rhythm of song; lines of unequal length had to be either clipped or stretched to make them fit. He couldn't understand why the music couldn't take more or less time to fit his words. It got quite heated and it cost me a mate it did. Although to be fair, my first try at collaberation I even changed the rhyming rhythm and the poet was still well chuffed with the r.

Also what works for one person (the poet), their stress and accent, might not work for another person (the musician/singer); Try doing something country and western to a broad sumerset accent and you'll see what I mean.

But if your on this forum you know most of that. So as long as you're prepared for another person to make a few tweaks here and there I don't see why you shouldn't post your poem asking for it to be put to a tune and turned into a lyric. I know I'd be game for a try.

Maybe our forum needs a few extra auto-headings such as "Needs Tune" or "Needs Words"?


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Subject: RE: Words to Music
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 10:59 AM

A member who no longer comes here, set my poem to a tune and added a few words of her own and it turned out beautifully. A long time ago, Bert read my poem which I'd posted after the Columbine shootings in a high school here in Colorado. I was thrilled when he asked if he could sing it. When I told him I hadn't even thought of it as a song, he said he could put a tune to it and did. It was in my early days here and I was really grateful for his kind attention.

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Subject: RE: Words to Music
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 07:52 PM

I remember years ago, a friend showed me her portfolio of poems, and one really hit me so I picked up the guitar and sang it. A few weks later she turned up with an amended version that she said she'd produced because she loved what I'd done so she'd altered it slightly to make it a better song - and in the process she'd lost evrything that had attracted me in the first place.

If you want to see how poems can be sung without a strict rhythmic framework, have a listen to Brecht's "Holywood Elegies".

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