There is a joke, not much of a joke really, but a saying that describes a point of view we too often have in the United States:

Question:

What do you call it when you speak two languages?

Answer:

Bi-lingual.

Question:

What do you call it when you speak several languages?

Answer:

Multi-lingual.

Question:

What do you call it if you speak one language?

Answer:

American.

As you can see it is not really funny and not really a joke, but I use this often to remind myself how different our decisions and thoughts can be depending on perspective or point of view.  I was delighted with the response to my recent poem entitled “Hearts of Stone“.  (…..Actually, I initially titled it “Where You Live”.  As mentioned before I am not good at naming my own songs.  My daughter Alisa – and partner in the success of this blog – correctly suggested I change the title).  I wanted to give you a bit of history to this poem as it was actually inspired by follower comments.  All of which I read and respond to – not as quickly as I like but I try to get to them all as I truly appreciate the time and thoughts from so many people.

I have often mentioned that I am thankful for access and exposure to thoughts and feedback around the globe.  It helps open my eyes to things I would not normally consider.  Creative people all over the world are represented here and it is amazing what an impact you have had on me and my writings.  A while back I posted a question about what was your first concert.  While many responses were very cool, some responded they were not allowed to have huge concerts in their country.  This struck me deeply.  First; as a callous question from an arrogant blogger who takes life for granted.  We often complain about politics or taxes and a million other things in the US and other countries but we have a choice.  We may not get our way but we can voice our opinion and discuss our thoughts openly.  This is not true everywhere.  Secondly: it drove this arrogant blogger to think about how many things we take for granted every day.  So I tried to look around my little piece of the world from another point of view.

The first line is kind of an inside joke and would easily be understood by people that live in places line my town.  We often have cloudy – hazy skies most of the time and it gets so bad that the traffic reports have to remind us what that big bright thing in the sky is on sunny days!  Often at night we do not see stars and frequently miss the experiences of full moons or eclipses.  The rest of the poem tries to reflect the things humans might notice looking at their world.  Some are glorious and beautiful and worth celebrating while other things are tragic and unimaginable to ‘outsiders’.

I have read the words in this poem many times since posting the poem on MIDIMike and a melody keeps creeping into my subconscious when I repeat them.  In the same line as the global inspiration for the lyrics, the melody and arrangement is not my ‘normal’ style.  I may be the only one that likes it, but I cannot get rid of it.  I will be finished putting this poem to music soon, but to be forewarned it is not a replica of my past works and musical pieces.  It is my thanks to all of you.  It is a sharing.  It is an apology for not keeping my mind open to others.  It is a simple reflection from deep inside.  It is an invitation to continuing communications that will bring different cultures and peoples together.  If we cannot communicate we are doomed.

I will post as a song as soon as I have a decent recording of what has been spiraling inside my head.

Click Here to read the original poem.

Comments
  1. niasunset says:

    I am excited to hear the song. The poem is wonderful. Good Luck dear Michael, Thanks and Love, nia

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  2. It’s a beautiful thought. Can’t wait for the finished product!

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  3. Nicole says:

    I absolutely loved the poem and can’t wait to hear the song! This is a lovely thought, the story behind the poem (and soon to be song) with many layers. As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts, writings and music with us all.

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    • midimike says:

      Thank you so much. Many people can have a similar experience and endure totally different outcomes or intensities. Globally we have so many different cultures, environments and political systems that we cannot have a similar experience. It is almost impossible to imagine some of them. Many layers as you mention.
      It is truly my pleasure and I am grateful for the comments!

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      • Nicole says:

        I completely agree. It blows my mind that two people can experience the exact same thing and come away with different thoughts and feelings. And even we can not have the same experience twice. The outcome is, usually, always different. You’re right, there are so many different cultures in the world and if we are willing to open our eyes then we can learn something from each of them. I’m equally grateful for the comments and enjoy our sharing of thoughts!

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      • midimike says:

        I appreciate your comments. In many ways this reminds me of the – think globally, act locally – idea. (Or is it the other way around? LOL) If we cannot open to our neighbors that may be different from us how could we understand those from other countries and cultures? We need to practice opening our eyes to those with varying cultural backgrounds in order to discover they are not that different. If we understand why they feel a particular way or are passionate about something we will better know their actions when taken in context and what they mean…..
        Then we can begin true conversations.

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      • Nicole says:

        Very well said. And, honestly, at the end of the day, deep down, we’re all the same. We’re all flesh and bone with a beating heart. What makes us unique is how we think, feel, act, believe – our culture.

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  4. tmezpoetry says:

    Oh there you are 😉 I hope life is going well. Cant wait to hear the song Mike. I agree we take many things for granted but also glad that we are all here to remind each other of it and spur transitions. Hugs~

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  5. cote8050 says:

    I look forward to hearing that poem as a song… it is very moving…. and so very true, Michelle

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