A Thought for Today
To love, it is more important to learn
the needs of others than to dwell upon our own.
One Does It For Me!
Loved last weeks column about one of my favorite albums "Live in
My favorite track is "Caught in the Quiet/Something for R.J." but try as
I may I've never been able to find the poem in it's entirety in any of
Good question, Stephen, and one that crossed my mind when I first read
the book and heard the album.
"Caught in the Quiet/Something for R.J." is a collection of poems rather
than a single self contained one. Most of the poems are included in the
book "Caught in the Quiet" but not all and to complicate matters further
Rod didn't use all the verses in the version that appears on this album.
The end result, though, is magical and as usual the hand of Arthur
Greenslade is so evident throughout not only this piece but the whole
album. I don't know a thing about musical arrangements but can recognize
great work when I hear it and Arthur's contribution to Rod's work almost
always approached perfection.
"Caught in the Quiet" is a book very close to our family. It was the
first (and only) book we've made available in electronic format and my
daughter Nicola spent weeks typing it out in the days before we had
access to Jay's wonderful database. If you don't yet have a copy here's
Thanks for your
contribution, Stephen, and the complete version of the poem is posted
Wednesday is the day I try
my best to answer your McKuen related questions or publish letters about
your favorite song, poem or story. If you have a contribution to make
drop me a line at email@example.com
and I'll do the rest.
- Ken, Johannesburg,
South Africa, May 26
Thanks to the generosity of some good friends Priscilla and I will be
spending this weekend on a game farm near the Botswana border. This will
be our first trip away from home in the past 5 years and boy, are we
looking forward to it!
I'm hoping there will be a
telephone line available so that I can plug in and give you your daily
dose of McKuen on Saturday and Sunday. This being Africa nothing is
guaranteed, however, so bear with me if the weekend Flight Plan doesn't
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