On Saturday, February 20 at WineStyles in Claremont, Torie Weiston-Serdan sang “Twelve-Bar Blues” for which I wrote the lyrics and Gayle Weiston-Serdan wrote the music. Follow the link to hear this crowd-pleasing performance. Contrary to what Torie says at the end of the video, I do have her and Gayle’s permission to share this with the world. My dream of having my songs performed came true last night for the first time. Thanks, Gayle and Torie.
Here’s a country song for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment:
On Valentine’s I bought you
The largest heart they ship,
But you tossed it in the garbage
To keep it off your hips.
That should have told me, honey,
Your heart was something harmful
Like munching into marzipan,
Hoping that it’s car’mel.
THOUGH FORREST GUMP SEEMED STUPID,
HE DID SAY ONE THING SMART:
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTIN’
WHEN YOU BUY A CANDY HEART.
I hoped that you’d be super sweet
Like a fluffy butter cream,
But you ooze more spite and envy
Than a gossip magazine.
Thought you’d be smooth and nutty
Like a peanut butter cluster,
But like a gumball,you turned out to be
A real chops-buster.
I really hoped that candy heart would make our dreams conplete,
But now my plans are in-the-can, it’s time to beat retreat!
The February 2010 issue of Fresh Ink showcases another of my poems, “Wishing Her Life Away,” a three-stage portrait of a woman’s life from high school student to young mother to working woman. The idea came from an older teaching colleague of mine who overheard me complaining that the week was dragging on and said,”Don’t wish your life away.” That phrase has always resonated in my mind when I wish any tedious activity or dull stage of my life were done. The character’s name, Winnie, was chosen to combine “whiney” with “ninny”—an apt label for such a person. I hope you enjoy it—click on the “Poems” page.