Music meets Poetry … “Motel Chronicles” & “Lines Written Under the Influence”

“Motel Chronicles,” a song of mine, is the opening track on Show Yourself by Radio On (Sam Rasnake & Ryan Rasnake). I wrote the poem “Lines Written under the Influence,” based on Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas, and the piece was published in MiPOesias Companion 2012. When Ryan and I began working on the Show Yourself sessions, I adapted my poem to music. The soundscape at the beginning of the track was created by Stephen Schoenecker. Cover art for the cd version, by Cheryl Dodds.

First the poem…

Lines Written under the Influence

       –Ry Cooder’s soundtrack, Paris, Texas

The beginning middle and end don’t fit
our lives anymore. The shadows are real.
Too much road, I think. Everywhere,
too much away from and nothing toward.
Signs and buildings and plate glass neon.
You don’t act the words. Just say them –
The rhythm of bone and soup and wind,
a hawk landing on rocks, newspaper
along asphalt, the whistle of fence line
and railroad tracks to divide the waking
from the dream and a seamless blue
over desert high country. This is
the solitude of happy. The right car
and music, the highway. No borders.

       –originally published in MiPOesias Companion 2012, and later included in Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press)

…then the music…

“Motel Chronicles” from Show Yourself by Radio On



~ by samofthetenthousandthings on December 16, 2017.

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