Friday, June 7, 2013

Amazing! Amazing Grace...

Marian has introduced a singer she admires to the poets at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Wikipedia photo
Tim Eriksen, playing banjo and singing, in the same landscape where Emily Dickenson found inspiration, has shown us there is more than one way to enjoy words that have been a lifelong favourite, with this one in the old Western Massachusetts style.

Marian asks us to write a new poem inspired in any way by her “Hardcore Americana” post, and this is mine.


amazing grace, how new the sound
that comes from lips like these—
we have to listen carefully
to every word 'til we
know it’s the same old hymn made new
by the rare voice of Tim E.

he takes it to some places where
the angels fear to tread
then brings it back that
we recognize amazing grace
(despite the banjo on his face)*

* watch the whole video, it's fascinating


Marian said...

yay! how sweet the sound :)

Maggie Grace said...

Nice poetry to match the prompt. I never made it past the banjo intro to the actual singing for Amazing Grace. A song, IMO, should only sound angelic. You were brave and expressed part of my thought...took it to where angels fear to tread. Good job! said...

Amazing Grace is such a deep song, and our band has done it to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun," so there goes the angelic part of which Maggie spoke, ha ha.

Your emphasis of this song, your take on a bit of loving parody, was so satisfying. I really loved this, Kay. Amy

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Amy — I would love to hear it to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun"! Wow. I've been trying to figure out how to do it but can only go so far, and then I'm confused, because I am not at all musical even though I love to listen.

Margaret said...

I thought this was brilliant and funny and respectful. His creativity with Amazing Grace, I thought, made it fresh again.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I was very moved by his singing of Amazing Grace. I felt the words took on new meaning, which was most particular to the singer.

Hannah said...

So poetically stated...I love that first part especially, Kay!! :)

Susan said...

Sweet! Neat and clever commentary. I enjoyed Eriksen's howlish version, though it was at first a shock. When you think that the man who wrote the song was a reformed slaver, this version can open a new dimension.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love how you went to his version of Amazing Grace and responded in verse a review of his work. A unique approach!

Helen said...

Yes, the video is mesmerizing.

I enjoyed the way you captured the feel of Tim's Amazing Grace.

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

How great to hear this new take on Amazing Grace. The banjo gives it a new sound. Like your words that go with it! :)