Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker
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In Loving Memory

In honor of Dave, I resolve to add some serious poetry (not set to music) to my performance repertoire. I already have a couple of funny poems that I do, but not serious.

I will start with Noyes' "The Barrel-Organ"; though it is too long to do very often, it's now one of my favorite poems, and I would never have connected with it without Dave's performance of it. Even if I'd come across it in a book, I don't think it would have resonated just sitting on the page. Unless I know I won't be able to get through it without choking up, I will do it at Cap and at FKO, in Dave's memory, and anyone who thinks it's too long can bite me. After that, whether I do it rarely or frequently will depend on how well it is received.

I'll also work on a couple of Dave's own poems: Madison's Mourning and Quad Drill. I find Quad Drill a little more awkward reading the text than it is in my memory; does anyone have a recording of Dave reading it that I could have to try to pick up how he made it come out so smooth?

I don't want to make spoken poetry dominant in filk circles, but I think one of the gifts Dave gave us was to show us that they are a fine flavoring for our musical feast, and I don't want to lose that. What do you all think?
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