Old Musicians

Old musicians die

But their music lives on

Beautiful tributes

To the power they harnessed

That changed the world

Challenged politics

Social Norms

And, brought about revolutions

Music that touches the soul

Reaches all the way to Heaven

And Hell

Yes, old musicians die

But their music is alive and well

Today at d’Verse, it is open link night. Linda, our host talked about her love for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones when she was young. Some musicians that we enjoyed have passed on for various reasons. John Lennon’s music Imagine will last into the next generation and beyond. I loved country music, which lost a number of its iconic singers early in life. I think of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, who died in their prime. Buddy Holly also left us way too soon. Even so, their music lives on. This poem is a tribute to them.

I painted my old Harmony guitar a few years ago. I found it many years ago at a yard sale, coming apart at the seams. I glued it back together and it works fine. It was one you could have ordered from the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue back in the 1950s. I laid the guitar on the canvas and traced it off full size and then painted it.

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Photo: Ruth Roth

75 thoughts on “Old Musicians

  1. Wonderful! Poem AND painting! These gave me joy-tears!

    Yes, music becomes the soundtrack to our lives and we can float on such wonderful music memories/and music firsts! πŸ™‚

    I love hearing about your guitar!

    And I think it is so very cool that musicians do live on in their music, as poets live on in their poems. HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…I discovered a brand new song online and I shared it on my WP blog a few days ago. I’ve been looping the song at times so I can hear it over and over again. πŸ™‚

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  2. I appreciate the honor you give to the music makers, as life would be so grim without them. I really like the swirling colors around the guitar in your painting. Feels like eye candy as I look at it, which translates to the spiritual nourishment that music gives as we listen to it.

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  3. This somehow reminded me of the tradition of the Australian aboriginals termed “songline” in which they sing their tribal history from its beginnings (dreamtime). Your painting is splendid and your words inspired. Bravo!

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