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by Gyppo
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Posting poems online
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Posting poems online

The bottom line here is that their magazine or forum is their playground, so they set the rules.  If you want to play there... It's a bit like 'house rules'.  You can say things in an Uncle's or Aunt's house that you wouldn't think of saying to your parents.  Sometimes these rules can be strange and...
by Gyppo
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Brigit Pegeen Kelly (not from my collection)
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Brigit Pegeen Kelly (not from my collection)

It depends on what you really want this to be.  On what purpose you have in mind.  If you want a praise poem or a simple yet moving epitaph for a dead and much-missed friend, all you really need are the first and last stanzas.  Like this... The Celtic goddess of poetry other poets adored. A goddess ...
by Gyppo
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Carling with Cathy: Written and spoken.
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: Carling with Cathy: Written and spoken.

In answer to your questions...  Although Colm has more or less covered it. 1)  Carling was a well known lager back then in the UK. 2)  Smooth git:  Git is short for illegitimate, therefore a smooth git was a smooth bastard.  Like a lot of British slang an insult can become almost a term of endearmen...
by Gyppo
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Driving out Daisies
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: Driving out Daisies

As they say in sale adverts.  "When it's gone, it's gone." Here's the same message in a different form from 1968.  I was a little surprised how easy it was to find this song after all the years since I first heard a purely acoustic version of it at a folk club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB_O3J...
by Gyppo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Some thoughts/suggestions about recording software/hardware.
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Some thoughts/suggestions about recording software/hardware.

    What have I learned during my recent experiments with recording my own voice?        1)  You need a reasonable microphone.  Mine cost £25 and it seems to do a fair job.     2)  It would be really helpful if it had a light to tell you it was on.  Mine hasn't.  As a result I've occasionally tried ...
by Gyppo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: I shouldn't be here: Written and spoken.
Replies: 3
Views: 460

I shouldn't be here: Written and spoken.

Here's the soundcloud link... https://soundcloud.com/user-593821894/i-shouldnt-be-here/s-cOjku And here's the words... I shouldn't be here. I shouldn't be here, I don't belong in this century  or any other if the truth be told. But I'm here despite the odds and I'm not going away yet. I'll paddle my...
by Gyppo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Carling with Cathy: Written and spoken.
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Carling with Cathy: Written and spoken.

Here's the soundcloud link https://soundcloud.com/user-593821894/carling-with-cathy-best And here's the words.  (A few more words crept in because they seemed to improve the flow when spoken. Carling with Cathy Sitting on my Gran's gate in the sunshine, sharing a can of Carling. Black label no less,...
by Gyppo
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: The rock
Replies: 11
Views: 1217

Re: The rock

Colm, I'm a bit late to the party, but I really like this.  It seems to me that you have quietly imbued the rock with a kind of personality, rather like the way Jack London made weather conditions and terrain into active players in his tales of the frozen north. Minor nit pick.  Shouldn't there be a...
by Gyppo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: One Night in June. (The spoken experiment continues.)
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: One Night in June. (The spoken experiment continues.)

A troubadour?  A compliment indeed.  [Doffs his plumed hat and delivers a sweeping bow to the Lady.]

Maybe in a previous life I was.  Or a wandering storyteller.

I can be as shy and nervous as the next man before I get started, but once I'm 'performing' a different personality takes over.

Gyppo
by Gyppo
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: One Night in June. (The spoken experiment continues.)
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: One Night in June. (The spoken experiment continues.)

Is that a plus or a minus? ;-)  Or just at odds with what you've always heard in your own head when reading my written words?

Gyppo