Poem: Good Vibrations

Poem created in response to Poetic Bloomings’ “An Entertaining Summer” Poem-A-Day event

Day 18, July 18th

Prompt: Endless Summer

(form: shadorma)

Good Vibrations

Way cool jazz
at the local lounge
Summer nights
Sultry voice
Shared good vibes with the beauty
who’d become my wife


The Lyrics, They Move Me

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the post/note go around that asks you to put your Zune/iPod/mp3 player on random/shuffle and list the first 10/15/25 songs or some variation of that idea.  As this is a writing blog, I’m going to take this a little further and rather than just posting a list of songs, I’m going to list the first 7 songs that play from my current playlist on my phone, but in addition to the song title and artist, I’m going to include the lines in the song that I find most moving, positive or negative, and a little explanation of why those lines speak to me.  I encourage you to comment on this post… in response to my songs/lyrics/explanations and/or your own songs/lyrics/explanations.
Here we go… opening the music player, shuffling the tunes and…
Song 1:  “One of Us” by Joan Osbourne

“What would you ask if you had just one question?”

I actually like the whole song as one piece…What if God was one of us?  Living the daily grind – going to work, driving or bussing, dealing with idiots, trying to make a buck to buy some grub and keep a roof over his head.  The other line I almost used was “If God had a face…and would you want to see if seeing meant you would have to believe…”  How would you react, especially if you weren’t already a believer.  Ultimately, though, I went with “What would you ask…?”  Every time I listen to this song, I ponder that.  What would I ask?  I could probably come up with a lot of questions that I’d think were important to know and I never really come up with my “Final Answer.”  It is a great thought provoker and I think that’s why I like this song so much.

Song 2:  “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch

“And I’m here to prove to you
that we can party on the positive side
and pump positive vibes”

I like to have a good time as much as the next guy, but I’ve never touched an illegal drug and never smoked cigarettes.  I can’t say I’ve never drunk alcohol to excess, but that was never my goal for the evening.  If you need to get trashed or high or do “bad, bad things”, the partying and such are likely just escape mechanisms and you need some help.  A positive attitude can’t fix everything, but it’s a good place to start.  I also like the ‘positive vibes.’  Pop music and culture can certainly use a shot in the arm from the positivity fairy.

Song 3:   “Passenger Seat” by SheDaisy

“Then he shifts those ocean eyes back to me”

This whole song has great metaphors, but my favorite is ‘ocean eyes.’  Not only does it convey them being blue, but that the singer is drawn to them, loses herself while staring into them, that they convey an openness.

Song 4:   “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

“Here we are now entertain us”

To be honest, I had to look up the lyrics.  I like this song for the music and I can .  Most of the time I can’t make out what he’s singing, which is why Weird Al’s parody had the line “Can you tell me, what I’m singing?”  At first glance, it also looks like a bunch of gibberish, but it more a song of contradictions and angst which is fitting since this song was a huge part of “The Grunge” scene becoming big as a generation of spoiled, entitled, self-important, kids were hitting high school and college.  The line is a perfect depiction of their attitude that the country somehow owes them for being born.

Song 5:  “I’m Free” by Jon Secada

“Things are only as important
As I want them to be”

The line says it all, right?  This is how I choose to live my life.  Unafraid.  We all get pinged by anxiety now and then, but, ultimately, we have choices and we allow fear to rule us… what will happen if I don’t pay a bill, what if I tell the boss what he/she doesn’t want to hear, what if my kid has a learning disability, what if my wife has a chronic illness, etc., etc.  Well, the choices may be difficult, but how you react to them shows what you’re really made of -it speaks volumes about you.  You can dwell on the down side or fear consequences or you can stand tall, face down your boogeymen, and make the best of each situation, each choice…decide what’s important to you and those you care about.

Song 6:  “Get the Funk Out” by Extreme

“If you don’t like what you see here
get the funk out”

Again, not much interpretation required with this one.  Bad attitudes aren’t welcome here.  I’ll leave it to you to determine where “here” is…home, work, country?  As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t like it, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Song 7: “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson

“What is this feeling taking over?
Thinking no one could open the door
Surprise, it’s time, to feel what’s real “

Yes, I’m a romantic.  I love Love.  I also believe that many people who have trouble finding love are those who spend so much effort looking for it.  Then there are the others…those who’ve been hurt in a relationship, who thought they were in love, but it fizzled…so now they try to keep a shield of some sort around their heart to prevent that happening again.  That shield can be any number of things -work, activities, friends, pets, etc.- but, eventually, the right person will break down/open the door.  I fully believe in soul mates and for anyone in this category who’s reading this post, I’m sure there is someone, somewhere meant for you… and their soul is longing to find yours, as well.