My Musical Muse – Poem reading set to music that inspired it

This is a reading set to the music that inspired the poem. It started as an experiment on my blog here. I heard the music and decided to open MS Word to a blank page, play the music again and write a poem. The Musical piece is long and it seemed odd to have the user play the piece and try to read the poem because the poem would likely be read faster than the song. So I decided to read the poem to the music and allow the readers to just sit back and listen if they want or, they can follow along with the words. I did have some fun with the words trying to use their positioning to paint certain objects from the poem or to ride with the music. I hope you enjoy this, the music is amazing! This is another one I’d like to redo, maybe try for a lower voice. Or get someone with a much lower voice to read it.

There are some long spots with no words, just close your eyes and enjoy the music 😀


I hope you enjoyed!

Stephen Kellogg – 2012

About Stephen Kellogg

Poetry, Ponderings, Prose, Photos & Pounding out the Pathways All at my blog... I hope you'll take a few minutes to wander around the site. Not all of what you read there will be happy or sad etc. but I trust my writings, photos etc will encourage, touch, inspire or just make you think…. I really appreciate feedback!! Thanks and enjoy Peace! Stephen Kellogg All of my writings, pictures etc are original works, unless otherwise noted, and should be considered copyrighted.
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13 Responses to My Musical Muse – Poem reading set to music that inspired it

  1. sonofwalt says:

    STEPHEN!! OMG, I want to hug you! This is just wonderful, the poetry and jazz chords… Ah, man I loved it. Your tone, the speaker trying to not care, to be cool about it all, and he is, as he just waits, but inside he is also not. Your tone of voice, and inflections were perfect. You’ve got a better voice for this than you think you do. Again, Stephen, just wonderful.

    • David,
      Wow, Thanks! I appreciate the insights and encouragement. The music is just amazing and I had fun hitting the play button and letting the music inspire the writing of the poem. I’m glad it worked well enough. I was frustrated that there were long black / blank spots but in the end, they seem to build “the wait” if that makes sense. I was also a little nervous about posting this one as my last video (though not directly poetry related) got no feedback.
      But being a little nervous won’t keep me from posting and I’ve learned that there are times when I post things I really like and they get no response and times when I throw something quick up there and end up with several comments and likes.
      I did enjoy doing this little project, though I will say that putting the text in the video took a lot longer than putting in the photos on the other one.
      Did you pick out any of the images I tried to build with the text?
      Cig with smoke rising
      Taking a d r a g on the cig
      Putting out the cig in the tray
      “I” standing on “Stage”
      The stool
      Exploding word

      Did any of those jump out?

      Suffice it to say that I enjoyed it enough that after NaPoWriMo I’ll look to do more reading / videos

      Thanks again for the wonderful encouragement!!


      • sonofwalt says:

        I know that feeling, about posting things you like and not getting feedback. Sometimes it takes a while, and then you get surprised. I think I missed one or two of yours. With this poetry thing I’ve missed a lot of who I follow lately, especially this week. So after May 1 I will be doing a lot of catching up, and making very late comments, I am sure.

        And yes, the music without speaking for long periods did build on the wait, and that worked well, I think. It was enjoyable.

      • David,
        So true. I know that getting behind on NaPoWriMo not only puts me behind on writing, but on giving feedback to others as well. So, I too will be catching up on that during May. It is a funderful (ha used it again) surprise to get feedback on things you’ve posted in the past.
        Don’t forget to breathe… we’re nearing the end of NaPoWriMo 😀
        Thanks for the continued encouragement



      • sonofwalt says:

        Same to you, comrade! 🙂

  2. Kiddo, you’re talent!1 So beautifully polished! I loved every nuance and melancholy chord~a wonderful piece of soul! Applause Stephen ~Sincerely Deb

    • Deb,
      Thank you… I felt it far from “polished” but I appreciate the encouraging words. I also haven’t been called kiddo in quite a while but I admit, it did make me smile. I guess it goes along with someone telling me a couple of days ago that they didn’t think I was old enough to have a 17 year old kid and that they thought I was in my 30’s. Maybe dropping these 18 or so lbs is paying off 😉 (just 20 or so more to go).

      Thanks again!


  3. Ian Moone says:

    Very nicely done captivating even

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