the ASCAP blues

the ASCAP blues

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

the ASCAP blues

 

 

 

 

i'm a too long song

trying to break onto your chart

a heart playing taps

as winter's mood revises itself

into a spring reveille

 

if only you could pretend

that a heart's sales are good enough

i would spin you into forever

 

the "B" side just as willing.

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

2/3/19 


© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto



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The "B" side is sometimes the real us in a relationship. We may try to get someone to play that "A" side, the thing we "think" they want to hear . . . when all along we are too full of fear of rejection to just be ourselves. How many relationships fail to climb the "charts" because we dress ourselves up in the trappings of the "A" side?
Great poem, J.
Tom

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

love your insights, Tom...thank you for visiting and sharing them...
j.
Great music references here. Do today's teens even know what a "B" side is? There is a bit of romance sneaking in here too. Good one. Lydi**

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

probably not record-wise, or romance-wise---:)))
thanks, Lydi.
j.
Lydia

2 Months Ago

Smiling here....I think you are right!
Ironically true Jacob, people normally did buy the records for the " A side". But the majority of the times the "B side" was even better. But alas a lot of people never even took the opportunity to listen to the b side at all. So missed out on the experience and enjoyment.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Dawn.
j.
Those B sides were often something else, I kind of lost track of the times after one or two plays, I found more meaning and gained more from them, than the track I purchased in the first place... and having arrived at this point of opinion, I can now see certain emerging parallels in a whole range situations life throws at us.... N

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Neville,
j.
Neville Pettitt

2 Months Ago

........... :) N
I like this, found it intriguing. Nicely done & said

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you again, Ryanna.
j.
Ryanna

2 Months Ago

not a problem again 😉😁
Like John, I had no idea of ASCAP and I’m not sure of the meaning intended behind this one other than music trying to break into the charts and how the singles and radio play had to be around 3minutes. No long plays allowed! Maybe that’s all the time one has to impress someone special on the dance floor before the music stops.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

i like your take on this one, andrew...thank you.
j.
A (single) heart's sales are rarely good enough--both sides have to be sold.
Apparently, willin' ain't gonna do it.
Old number; brilliant new jacket!



Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, Jimmy,
j.
What a clever theme you've placed amongst your words, j. There's always a wake-up call to be found when reading your poems. I knew/know absolutely nothing about ASCAP! Seems ok to have an extra chapter added to a book.. far longer than a musical work of art, yet overlong songs are considered - wrong or misjudged or - just might it be that an unusually long song is/was diluting sales of two shorter ones?!

The fact that you've used past goings-on in such a poetic way is very clever, plus, of course, your writing has its usual sharp definition, j. Thank you so much for showing me how!

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

appreciate your kind words, and insights, em.

thank you,

j.
A wonderful reflection on the highs and lows of being a member of ASCAP; it is also worth noting (for anyone reading this review). The ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community. (There statement - not mine) ... great share my friend... :-)

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your insights and kind review, Phill...
j.
Didn't know the first thing about The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, so this made me look it up to get this poem in context despite its allogoric designs. Of course both versions are equally appropriate and written with your usual Mastery Jacob.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you, John,
j.

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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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