A Thought for Today
I have always been a man of elements, feeling that the best ideas and the nearest thing to knowledge have to spring from the most real of all realities the sea, the earth, the sky rather than from history or philosophy books.
My favorite poem was
"How many colors of blue make up the sky, seven, ten maybe?"
Those poems from his album
"The Sky" stuck with me thru my flight school up to now. I was drafted in the army in the late 60's during the Vietnam war; at that time everyone knew Rod
To this date I have not been able to find a CD or Cassette but
I'm still looking and will be till I find one so that my kids will enjoy it as much as I did.
My memory isn't what it used
to be, RD, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've featured a
poem from "The Sky" in this column. Thanks for a great choice.
Rod has previously explained
at some length the difficulties involved in releasing "The
Earth" and "The Sky" on CD. We're all pretty confident that
it will happen eventually though putting a date to it just isn't possible
at this stage.
Here's what Rod had to say in
the liner notes of "The Sky":
"Six years ago I conceived "The Sea". I hadn't met Anita Kerr, nor had I thought of sharing my work with anyone else. It was to be an extension of myself and my feelings about love, using the sea as a canvas.
The many false starts my "Sea" project had, and the events that led to my meeting Anita and asking her to compose music for my words, have been detailed on the jacket of "The Sea" album, so I won't go into them again here. The collaboration did take place, producing for the two of us a best selling album, a sequel entitled, "The Earth" and now the final set of the trilogy, "The Sky" all in the space of a year.
The year has ended as has the collaboration. For Anita and myself there are many memories left. For you, three
shiny, black records... they are filled with a woman's feelings about how music should be written and a man's ideas about life."
Rod McKuen, January, 1968
Got a favorite McKuen poem or
song? We'd like to hear about it so drop me a line at email@example.com
and I'll make sure it appears here one day soon.
- Ken, Johannesburg,
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