NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Facing The Music”

Hello my fun loving friends! (Boy, am I about to burst your bubble…”Hush Penfold! Don’t give the game away!” “Cripes, sorry chief!”)

So it is Day 9 of NaPoWriMo (yeah we know David – National Poetry Writing Month, you’ve told us like a million times already. No! Only nine, so get off your high horse! I do enjoy these fun little fantasy debates we have) and you can find the prompt by clicking on the link belowski:-

NaPoWriMo – Day 9

Today’s prompt involves listening to a musical playlist (on your Ipod, MP3 player, local radio station, local bus stop flyer, elevator muzak, etc) and using five random songs to construct your own poetic Frankenstein musical monsterpiece.

To be fair, the one I have written this time round is pretty dark, so as the say in Games of Thrones – brace yourselves, there’s a poetic storm coming!

Also, feel free to comment on the bands I constructed this sucker with or tell me about your own favourite bands too because to be frank, I could always do with listening to more music under the hands of your expert tutelage.

I’m a fan of indie bands and hard rock more than anything. Oh and electro too! So go crazy and let me know. Thanks for reading. Ciao for now!

Dark Chocolate by John Loo

“Facing The Music” by David Ellis

You know my name
The way it is displayed
Blood on parched lips
Scars that seldom heal
Heartache for weeks
Drinking the homeland dry
The pain still desecrates

This is our perfect crime
Committed with practiced ease
Wiping our sleeves
On mediocrity
Ashes to ashes
Reputations to dust

Here we go again
The drama continues
Jumping from one thing
To the next
Without a care in the world

Nothing to hold us back
Feeling free but still caged
Unable to stop, to get off
From this inevitable slump

Who likes to party?
Let’s do it all night
The rivers running rampantly red
A lack of restraint

Killing ourselves
One day at a time
Getting away with murder
We’re our own victims
If we let the darkness in
There are no fresh starts
Or hopeful new beginnings

Redemption could be
Just around the corner yet
We feast on indulgence
Robbing life of romance
Playing a game we cannot win
Don’t let excess consume everything

With special thanks to the following artists whose song titles were used in this piece:-

Chris Cornell (You Know My Name – Casino Royale)
Faith No More (Ashes To Ashes)
Pixie Lott (Here We Go Again)
Kevin MacLeod (Who Likes To Party)
The Von Bondies (This Is Our Perfect Crime)

For more blog posts on musical tastes and what affects music had on people growing up, why not check out some of these posts by my fellow bloggers below:-

1. Moon-rock | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
2. Rhythm | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
3. Music, Food and a Dash of Wild | Rose-tinted Rambles
4. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo- How a Song Could Brings Back Beautiful Memories | Journeyman
5. Hey, Hey Good Lookin’ & Divine Providence | The Jittery Goat
6. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
7. A Whole Other Selection | Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | likereadingontrains
8. Great Music Never Dies | Musings | WANGSGARD
9. My Musical Memory Set List (Volume Two) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
10. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves… | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
11. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves KISS | My Outlook on the World
12. punk | yi-ching lin photography
13. A Taste Of Honey | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
14. Sabbatical Songs: growing up in Oxford | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
15. One Crazy Mom » Growing Up With Music
16. Papa Loves Dylan | The Magic Black Book
17. To Run in a Dream | The Nameless One
18. Hats, spurs and belts | Kate Murray
19. The One That Could Have Been [Ndifreke’s Story] | She Writes
20. Songs Of Yesterday | Awake & Dreaming
21. Wednesday’s Run | Oldman
22. A Dream: An Open Letter to Air Supply | Kosher Adobo
23. Punk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
24. Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?! | Life Confusions
25. 281. Hee Haw and Soap Bubbles | Barely Right of Center
26. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Basically Beyond Basic
27. Do The Diversity Dance. | Asta’s Space
28. The Greatest Generation Had The Best Music | Just Visiting This Planet
29. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | A Mixed Bag
30. Minutely Infinite | Rewinding the mixtape
31. Let’s Not Go to the Beach | Green Embers
32. My Score ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
34. The Origin of My Musical Taste | wisskko’s blog
35. Girls’ Studies: Oh, How I Miss the Mix Tape | The Bookshelf of Emily J.
36. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | MythRider
37. “Papa Loves Mambo” | Relax
38. the music man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
39. Daily Prompt:Papa Loves Mambo | Love your dog
40. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo « cognitive reflection
41. Music – A Flash Fiction | My Little Avalon
42. “My generation”…when did I grow up? | Brandtastic’s daily ramblings
43. Forgotten Music | Flowers and Breezes
44. We Forgot How To Music | Knowledge Addiction
45. Daily Prompt: The Music of Yesteryear | Rolbos ©
46. DP Daily Prompt : PAPA LOVES MAMBO | Sabethville
47. Momma loved country! | Active Army Wife
48. Songs of the Heart | snapshotsofawanderingheart
49. From Classical to Pop, 20.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
50. Ain’t nothing but a Hound | Secrets from the Hound Cave!
51. Mama Loves Mambo: Daily Post | Destino
52. Daily Prompt: Music became my coping mechanism. | Willow Blackbird
53. I Love A Little Bit Of Mambo | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
54. Life is Hard
55. Among the Whispers
56. Mama Can’t Rap | (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish
57. Growing up to Moms Music | mskirian
58. Music in the house | Emovere
59. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
60. Daily Prompt: Papa Love Mambo | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
61. Music Is What Life Sounds Like | westlifebunny
62. Blame It On The Bluegrass | Cass’s Useless Opinions
63. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
64. Living to a different beat | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
65. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | GoKittenGo
66. Daily Prompt: Music To My Ears | Morrighan’s Muse
67. Music Moves Me | Step Into My Head
68. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo « LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS
69. Papa loves Mambo | fromdublintoparis
70. Manly music | Trucker Turning Write
71. The Fabric of Music | In So Many Words
72. Music! | My Author-itis
73. B.Kaotic
74. Days Of Music Passed | Edward Hotspur
75. Daily Prompt challenge: What music played in your home growing up and what effect did it have on your music taste? | A cup of noodle soup
76. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | That Montreal Girl
77. Music In My Life | 365 Days of Thank You
78. Is your playlist up-to-date? | Random & Real
79. My Fab Four. | Simple Heart Girl
80. Playing Second Fiddle | Wiley’s Wisdom
81. Daily Prompt: Mainly Country but also quite eclectic. | cockatooscreeching
82. A Sinfonietta of Five | When the Door Closes
83. Papa Loves Mambo | Laughing Through Life
84. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo – Sound of Music | SA:ME (사메)
85. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo but Mama – Mama is a Different Story – Mama is a Big Bands Kinda Gal | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
86. The Breakfast Soundtrack – Compass & Quill
87. Friday, I’m In Love! | Hey, Miss Adventures!
88. Earth, Wind &…Mariah? (The Daily Post: Papa Loves Mambo) | The Polka Dot Penguin
89. Records My Parents Played | Polymathically
90. Papa Loves Mambo (Not really) | Alexia Jones
91. Papa Loves Mambo | reyoflight
92. [M.M.X.I.V. 80] Change it! | Never A Worry
93. Music Magic | Imaginative Inklings
94. Silent music | vic briggs
95. Music Raised Me | The Uncustomary Housewife
96. From the Sounds of Silence to the Wall of Sound | Trent’s World Blog
97. WARPED VINYL | meditationsofacynic
98. Music to my ears | Mindful Digressions
99. the barren page
100. Tijuana Taxi | It keeps me wondering
101. Haiku: The First Day Of Spring… | Mirth and Motivation
102. Music Speaks | Longish Staves of Prose
103. Reviews From an English Major
104. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Your Daily Dose
105. Daily Prompt: Being Musical! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
106. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | adorablyobnoxious


3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Facing The Music”

  1. Hey thanks for including a link to my post! I will be checking out some of the others you’ve linked to there since stories related to music are a favourite topic of mine. I’m not familiar with any of the songs you used to create your own lyrics, but you appear to have done a mighty good job of the task at hand!

    • You’re very welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my poem, I appreciate it very much. It was one of my favourite prompts, since music and poetry go hand in hand after all 🙂

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