The Secret Life of Musical Instruments

Player Piano
Musical Instruments
I Like to play
At last count
I'm up to Eight

First there is the Guitar
Six and twelve strings
Write most songs with it
Guitars chime and sing

Then there are the 88's
Keys of ivory and ebony
Notes are lined up in a row
Learning music theory is easy

Next up love the Bass
Sounds down low
Not in your face
Rhythm section flow

Cousin Cello
Like the bass
Goes from low to high
Use a bow with Grace

Mandolin is a strange thing
Doesn't play like guitar
Strings so taut and high strung
Plays bluegrass at the bar

Violin is in your face
Play it way up high
Learn to bow and hold it right
You can make it cry

Then there is the Old Lap Steel
Sliding up and down
Plucking fingers on the strings
Makes a mournful sound

Last there is the Theremin
Strangest of them all
It really is an instrument
Hear it's crazy call

New Day Sun

I’ve been playing Cello for 1 1/2 weeks so far. I have my first lesson via Zoom on Monday, and my Niece is my teacher. Pardon the songs lately because I’m a rank beginner, but trying to write songs for Cello is a fabulous exercise. Even though I’m getting older, it’s like the new light of a new day – learning something new makes me feel much younger.

No matter how young or old
You can do whatever you want
If it comes from your soul

If it's from the heart
You will succeed
Jump right in and start

With a song on your lips
And a whistle in the wind
No one can sink your ship

The Day Fall Fell

Today was the day Fall Fell
The last leaves of Autumn are on the wing
Cars had Christmas trees on the roof
Soon it will be time to sing (Auld Lang Syne)

Today was the day Fall Fell
The ornaments and lights are going up
Thanksgiving was great fun
Life with you is a Golden Cup

Today was the day Fall Fell
Happy Birthday my Dear
My life is wonderful
With you, and every year

Love For The Fretless

Love for the fretless
Is neither bad nor reckless
If it moves your spirit
When you play you'll hear it

As you gently bow
You will surely know
If it moves your spirit
When you play you'll hear it

You might fiddle around
Then one day go to town
If it moves your spirit
When you play you'll hear it

The Magic Cello

Giving thanks for
Orange and Yellow
The sound it makes
The Magic Cello

Like a Bass
And Violin
The sound it makes
Always wins

Mellow, haunting
Moody, smooth
The sound it makes
Is in the groove

Autumn Steps

Small garden steps
Strong and steep
Made of brick
Three foot deep

Always warm
And inviting
Garden path
Quite exciting

When the rain
Comes down
Golden leaves fall
Onto the ground

New Testament

My fifth song with Cello. Its a challenge, but the more I play Cello, the more I love it.

This a New Testament
Religious, in a pagan way
Worshipping Nature
What God hath made

No need for text
Prose or sermons
Just open your eyes
Your soul is yearning

Gentle thoughts
Relaxing and kind
Opens your soul
Opens your mind

The Minds Eye

The Eye has a better lens than a camera
It's fantastic
What we humans see
When our eyes are open
Internally

The Internal
Affects the External
When our eyes are open
Autumnal or Vernal

The External
Influences our brain
Bringing pleasure
Or pain

Autumn's paradox
Such color in death
Vernal is green
A baby's first breath

Images beget moods
Color the minds eye
Accentuate the positive
Or scare us deep inside

Take the moon
You'll either sing
Clair de Lune
Or songs filled with doom

You get to choose
Decide what you see
Darkness and sadness or
Light and Beauty

Radio Ghost Train

My second song with Cello.

All aboard
The Ghost Train Special
Pulling out of Station Zero
Morse Code Tapping
Pistons Rapping
Guess it's time for us to go

Destination
Is the future
We will get there when we do
Morse Code Tapping
Pistons Slapping
The night air is cool

Band aboard
This Haunted Train
Playing sad songs from the past
Morse Code Tapping
Pistons Rattling
Through a tunnel in the mountain pass

There's no light
At the end of the tunnel
Or in this long dark shaft
Morse Code Tapping
Pistons Cracking
A loud ghosts shrieking laugh



Two Sheriffs

Its taken me 6 years to get over the horror of the Political Stain on America. While it still wreaks of that subhuman filth ex President, I realize in many ways it just doesn’t matter – that we have been here before, it just has seemed worse than ever. Time has – and is – showing us that like all other real and wannabe dictators who rise on a platform of hate – that the platform is like a bullies – all mouth and very weak. Look at how it ended for ALL dictators – they ALL collapsed under their own “hate weight”. Love will conquer the hate and haters. Accentuate the positive!

This song is a fairy tale – a modern day Grimms?

This song has my first Cello parts. I’m a total Cello neophyte.

All my children
Gather around
I'm going to tell you
'Bout the new sheriff in town

One, a hard worker
Quiet and humble
Two, a spoiled brat
A fool and a bumbler

One, tall and thin
And quite debonaire
Two, a fat oaf
Donkey straw for hair

One, an honest man
Who tells us the truth
Two, a rotten crook
Only lies through his tooth

One, a good husband
Who loves his family
Two, a philanderer
Only cares about He

One, a kind leader
Vaccinated The People
Two, a virus spreader
A real Grim Reaper

One, a Catholic
Who is devout
Two, a charlatan
Jesus threw out

One, a kind giver
Who overcame grief
Two, constant taker
Grifter and thief

One, empathetic
Open and kind
Two, narcissist
Out of his mind

One, plays it careful
Saves everything
Two, spendthrift fool
Bankruptcy King

One, wouldn't be sheriff
If Two weren't so awful
Two, he is his own worst enemy
Crooked, unrepentent, unlawful

That is the story
Please tell your friends
Selfish people fail
Its a means to and end