Pop Haiku

Hello loyal fans. Frankly, pop music is horrible. But, it is so simple (albeit annoying) that it may provide the perfect inspiration for haiku. If nothing else, the haikuization of pop music can only make it better.

On a quasi-related note, today’s Dinosaur Comics is stellar and amazing! Even though Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are doing their best to increase America’s stupidity, there are still dinosaurs out there encouraging young Americans to vote. Huzzah for dinosaurs!

So, without further adieu:


Quote of the Day:

“Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.” – Allan Bloom

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Haikuin’ To The Oldies

Hello loyal fans. Today’s series of haiku will be drawn from the golden oldies. The rock of the mid 50s and early 60s is simply great. Sure, it is all stolen from Southern black blues (and naturally no credit was given), but that only sort of matters. What does matter is that early rock ‘n’ roll has just what it takes to make me want to do The Twist and other such dances whose moves are described by the name (The Hand Jive, The Mashed Potato, The Jerk) and make one look as silly as the name would imply. Of course, there are some great slow dance songs in there as well. Sadly, any sort of real dancing has long been supplanted by”freaking”…for those unfamiliar, it is basically sex with clothes on. That is right…I implied it…teenagers are sex crazed maniacs. In retrospect, that sounds about like the contemporary commentary on the 50s youth dance scene. Nothing changes.


I reiterate, 50s rock is great. I acknowledge that, at times, the aural depth we see in contemporary music is lacking. What is never lacking is the spirit, the passion, and the joy. Most bands were simply three or four guys with an electric guitar or two, a drum set, and a bass (be it string or electric) playing music they loved. One thing which was certain was that none of these artists were “sell outs”. Most people did not get rich making rock music. Elvis is one of the exceptions and I would argue that his music declined noticeably as he became increasingly wealthy. But, I digress. As time progressed, these early rock bands expanded and the style changed, but that original rock ‘n’ roll is some of the greatest ever made; it is shameful that it is so infrequently heard and so infrequently given the recognition it is due. Virtually all contemporary music derives, in one way or another, from the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s.


And now, on to the poetry…

Splish Splash – Bobby Darin

Bathtub, I was wet.

A party. Rock and rolling.

Golly Miss Molly.


Jailhouse RockElvis Presley

Party in the jail.

Every prisoner dance.

Will you dance with me?


Sea Of LovePhil Phillips

Visit the ocean.

Visit the ocean with me.

The sea and my love.


Monster MashBobby “Boris” Pickett

The lab; a late night.

Monster Mash? Some party ghouls!

This mash is for you.


Love Potion No.9The Searchers

Golden toothed Ruth.

Turpentine. I kissed a cop.

Still a flop with chicks.


Quote of the Day:

“Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world” – Peter York

Published in: on July 3, 2007 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Journey Through Haiku

Hello loyal fans. Today I bring you the music of Journey via haiku. If you are not familiar with Journey, here is a bit of background for you: Journey formed in the early 70s as a prog-rock band. Over time the band became more mainstream and, by the late 70s with front man Steve Perry, was consistently producing hit songs. Now for a little visual inspiration; first, the “Separate Ways” video and then a fun filled Family Guy karaoke version of “Don’t Stop Believin'”:

And now, on to the poetry…

Separate Ways – Journey

We remain alone.

Love is a cherry blossom…

Black and pink tank top.


Wheel In The Sky – Journey

Seasons change slowly,

Far from you I still remain.

Zephyrs blow my heart.


Any Way You Want It – Journey

As you so wish it,

Then so shall it indeed be.

We sing like spring birds.


Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Fallen leaves. A girl.

Snow. A boy of the city.

Strangers. They bring warmth.

With luck, sunflowers.

Cold light splashes on pavement,

Alone, and yet not.

Quote of the Day:

“It’s only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.” – P.D. Ouspensky

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Haiku, Haiku, Rap! Haiku, Haiku, Rap! Go, Go, Go!

Hello loyal fans. As I was sitting around this evening contemplating how much BTSA I really wanted to work on I decided to “bust out some phatty rhymez” from when I was a younger man. When thinking about the simple beauty of such classics as “Too Legit To Quit” by M.C. Hammer and “911 is a Joke” by Public Enemy it struck me that much popular music (not just rap) could be summarized in simple Haiku. Today I shall endeavor to transform several rap songs into Haiku. I have selected Haiku as it is my favorite style of poem (though limericks run a close second…hooray for Edward Lear).

Look for future editions of this brilliant idea which will incorporate music from other genres. Somewhere Vanilla Ice is cringing…of course that may be more a result of his failed career than anything else; hopefully he still has a 5.0 to roll in with the ragtop down so his hair can blow…though I doubt any of the girlies are still on standby. I suppose, however, that is a topic for another day.

And now, a little visual inspiration for you all:

And now, on to the poetry…

Too Legit To Quit – M.C. Hammer

Heat, sweat, do not quit;

You are weak, Hammer is strong.

Mine it all shall be!


911 Is A Joke – Public Enemy

Siren far away.

Hey cabbie, are you quite fast?

Ambulance is death.


Walk This Way – Run DMC & Aerosmith

Spring. School gym locker.

A school girl ready to play?

Hey diddle diddle!


Nothin’ But A G Thing – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

Young Gs like wasps dart:

Compton, Long Beach, harmony.

Like cherry blossoms.


Changes – Tupac

Winter to each other;

Winter of our discontent.

Societies limbs

Weighed down by the snow.

Killing, crack heads, poverty.

Where is Huey now?


F*** Tha Police – N.W.A.

Police like vultures

Prey just on mice of color:

Guns give libido.


Some closing thoughts: I really believe in rap as a form of social commentary and protest. Rap really began as a means for members of the black community to express the social problems they faced in a white dominated society. Men like Grandmaster Flash transformed funk into the earliest examples of rap. His themes, and those of his contemporaries, focused on social issues. I find it interesting the changes rap has undergone over time. The focus of the music, in my opinion, has shifted away from social protest and more towards a glorification of what has been dubbed “Hip Hop Culture” (a euphemism for gang life). It is satisfying to see artists like Talib Kweli and Kanye West take an active role in promoting social and political change.

Quote of the Day:

“Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.” – Kurt Cobain

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment