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

Old Musicians

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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

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Old Musicians

“Don’t you want somebody to love…?” That iconic line from the group Jefferson Airplane, will never grow old. The remaining band mates performed at their Grammy Life Time Achievement Awards show. Still fabulous musicians fifty five years later, they played with abandon and received a standing ovation.

Bob Dylan  who is now 75, received the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. His songs written during the turbulent times of the 1960’s changed a nation, challenging everyone to take a hard look at how we viewed one another and the world. He will not be around many more years, but his music will live on.  He and many more, like Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Peter Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkle, and Johnny Cash shaped the lives of many of us who were in college at that time.

Old Musicians

Old musicians die

But their music lives on

Beautiful tributes

To the power they harnessed

As they rode their star

To fame and fortune

Changed the world

Challenged politics

Shaped social norms

And, brought about revolution

Music that touches the soul

Reaches all the way up to heaven

And all the way down to Hell

Yes, old musicians die

But their music is alive and well