Perhaps the closer we stay to earth, the
better chance we’ll have of being what each of us needs in someone else.
Like so very many, many folks, I've loved Rod's music and poetry for over
I recall in
every detail the place I was when I heard him speak the first words of
"The Tender Earth", in 1967. I was just 19, and to this day that moment is
among my most cherished memories, for its own special feelings, and
because it opened up the world of Rod McKuen to me.
especially, has been a part of my life for all these years; it never,
never fails me, no matter what my needs are. My life is better for having
him be a part of it.
I hope you'll
pass my message on to that very special man.
Thanks for your contribution,
Bonnie, and I certainly will pass your message on.
You probably heard "The Tender
Earth" via the album "The Earth" which was released in 1967. Like so many
of Rod's works this particular piece has appeared in a number of different
guises; no dramatic changes, just a word or two changed here and there. The
version I've selected for today's column is taken from the book "Too Many
The address for your
contributions to this weekly feature is, as always,
email@example.com and I look forward to
hearing from you soon.
Last week's tongue-in-cheek
column about voice recognition software generated a fair amount of comment
and interest. Rosalyn, the regular correspondent mentioned in the column,
wrote to let me know that she uses a program called "JAWS for Windows",
produced by Freedom Scientific, a company in St. Petersburg, Florida. She
explains that it's a screen reader rather than voice recognition software,
something which sounds essential for unsighted or partially sighted
Anyone needing more
information on the product can visit the site at the following address:
- Ken, Johannesburg,
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