This poem was written and performed for the benefit of the Rosser family in Asheville, NC
Long before a people could sing
There were winds
Long before the first harmony plucked a string
Gusts resounded through canyons
Before there were ears to hear it, Earthsong was such a thing.
Can you imagine the first band jamming a million years ago?
Music exuding from fossil throats now studied under glass
Feathery folktunes, gorilla gospel, amphibian ambient
The rhythm, the movement, begat our bloodlines, down to the first vibrato.
Along we come, toe tappin’
, vocal chord rattlin’,
Hollowing gourds for drums, primordial shouts and hoots,
Finding… our… VOICES! Refining reeds for flutes-
Circle dances around fires, lutes and lyres, sacred village incantations,
Orchestras, wandering minstrels, choirs.
Even now, the music still finds itself in everything-
And the musician found in everyone,
Even with the hand quavering over the eager piano key;
With the throat quivering with the permission to sing FREE!
“I got the music in me, I got the music in me, I got the music in me…”*
Here’s to those who uplift music from the heart;
To those who summon up vibrations for this art;
To those who struggle so others may upon this path, start;
To those whose hearts feel broken, the love they reflect surrounds;
With many hands, broken hearts are mended, sweet music forever abounds.
*”I’ve got the music in me” (c) 1974 Bias Boshell, performed by Kiki Dee