“You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen . . .
Artie is a singer, and I’m a writer and player and a singer. We didn’t work together on a creative level and prepare the songs. I did that . . . We had many more points of agreement than we had points of difference, but we did differ, and the bigger we got, the more insistent we got that each one of us should have his way.” ~ Paul Simon
Happy Poetry Friday! Is it hot enough for you?
I don’t come across cool poems written about singer-songwriters very often, so I was tickled pink to find “A Duet” by Kevin McFadden.
McFadden is totally new to me, though his work has been featured in a number of journals in recent years. His first collection, Hardscrabble, just came out in April with the University of Georgia Press. It was a runner-up for the 2006 Walt Whitman Prize, and is the first publication of the Virginia Quarterly Review Poetry Series. His poems have been cited for their inventive wordplay, quirkiness, wry humor, irony, and “super-charged associative thinking.” All good things, I think.
by Kevin McFadden
Art was long.
Paul was short.
Art sang the song.
Paul was the sort
who made one up
as if from air.
Paul had more gift.
Art had more hair —
which isn’t to take
away from Arts.
Many sing well
if someone starts,
(rest is here.)
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“We human beings are tuned such that we crave great melody and great lyrics. And if somebody writes a great song, it’s timeless that we as humans are going to feel something for that and there’s going to be a real appreciation . . .
Paul has more, I think, of a feel for the stage. Whereas I have it more for the notes themselves. I love record making and mixing, arranging, producing. That I love. I love to make beautiful things, but I don’t like to perform.”
~ Art Garfunkel
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