I was inspired to create a video poem while looking out the window yesterday morning. The scene spoke to me.
I had my first official live reading on Wednesday, February 4th at Cafe Lift titled “10 Minutes of Poetry” where I joined a group of talented performers for the night.
Here, you can get a glimpse of my reading =)
Please note that you may need to be a follower of Cafe Lift on Facebook to properly see some of the videos.
My introduction poem Like No Other was under the theme “The Body & The Senses” and seemed to be a favorite among the crowd.
My second poem Ominous was under the theme “Dark Poetry” and is always a fun, psychological poem to read.
My third poem 30 Days of Beard was a memory from work and written based on testimonials from my male colleagues. The theme, of course, is “A Different Perspective.”
My fourth poem Forever Creating is a blank verse piece written in Creative Writing class. It falls under the theme “Inspiration & Creativity.”
The fifth and last poem of the night was Flying, based on a childhood memory. This poem falls under the theme of “Telling a Story.”
I never envisioned that my poetry would inspire someone else to create a piece of art, so I was surprised when a talented friend of mine (Patrick Lydon) decided to write some music based on a poem I had written. Both the poem and the music were created in 2009.
The two musical creations:
The original poem:
It’s relaxing to drive
under the sprinkles,
listening to the radio
as you watch the rainbow
come out of the golden-vanilla sky
and you think to yourself,
“what a wonderful life.”
A road full of strangers
with one common goal,
the desire, the need, the want
to go some place,
to belong somewhere.
As they move forward,
spurts of water
splash your window,
blocking your vision,
leaving you behind.
The sky becomes grayer.
Life becomes bluer
as you stare at the massive freeways
looming above your head,
realizing how beautiful,
strong and solid they are,
how small and fragile you are,
sitting in your stylish little car.
And The Fray comes on,
“You found me, you found me …
lost and insecure.”
I visited Cafe Lift for the first time last Wednesday and read my poems Frozen in Time, The Beat Goes On and The Last Goodbye. This is also the first time I was recorded live. Lucky me, I had to go first since that was the only slot left. I was very nervous and not as animated as I could have been, but I think I did OK overall. What do you think? I had a blast at Cafe Lift. There were so many talented performers. I definitely recommended checking out their FB page, and if you are in the San Jose, CA Bay Area, you should also check out the venue!
Please note that you may need to be a follower of Cafe Lift on Facebook to properly see the video below.