Well, I finished this lyric dedicated to Roy this morning, up until 5:30 am, then finishing it around 9.30-11am. A few lyrics were written months ago to go with an acoustic guitar piece I've been working on even longer, the rest fell together quickly. Arranging -- and especially recording this 7-10+minute song -- will probably take months. I'm not jinxing myself, just trying to commit. It may still change (and if I'm truly inspired by Roy it will probably grow even longer), but after years of trying to write some sort of musical homage to Roy, I finally have something I really like and can see bringing me a lot of satisfaction to work on. I hope you will ALL leave me your comments and encouragement. I have two VERY positive local responses already, and I don't care to keep it a secret from anyone, even ROY. He deserves far more praise than he's gotten! (BTW, podmaster Paul, I'm still thinking about possible Stormcock designs, have downloaded several photos, and begun sketching studies based upon photos and ideas. I need to do several more sketches before I can begin to sketch this strictly un-American bird freehand. Any ideas for poses, anyone?) What Is ODE To Roy? written by Jack W. Cramer © 2014 Listen with your ears! What do you see? Coincidence, or Conspiracy! The Best things in life are Free... But not children or Marriage or Security. What do you think, Mr. Harper? How do we be We? Preserving Truth Life and Liberty Working together The Humanities Seven Billion More and More (and even More?) Individualities You are the Muse of Truth and Inspiration In Politics you don't belong Please take out your frustration Mighty Orpheus, sing your song What happens to Earth When we are Gone? Or worse, What happens If we stay too long? Roil the Waters Roil the Seas Roil the Oceans If you please Roy'll bring you to your knees For all of your Hypocrisies Roy's voice is mightier Than your discord Seeing the world as it is Is its own reward Spreading Dissent and Joy From Tashkent to Illinois Heaven sent, Hell bent Angels and Demons, Dear Boy They've got NOTHING on Roy! Roil the Waters Roil the Seas Roil the Oceans of Hypocrisies Roy'll bring us all to our knees If we can't -- alone or together -- learn to live in Peace Democratically Deficient Socially Inept Republican Humiliation If only we looked before we leapt Commune Incommunicado National Pride before the Fall The Winter of our Discontent We don't take Dictation at all! Tyrannies, On your knees! Government and Religion Different edges of the same sword It may not be Politician But Almighty Profit is our Lord Divide and Conquer 'Til the end of Time Wars and rumors and Horrors Buried under Lime Congress is the Opposite of Progress Striking every sour chord Parliament can't make a dent And the Kremlin's getting Bored Mullah's with their Mandates are Misguided and Outdated It's not just Women but, Everyone they hated Percy Bysshe Shelley had Blasphemy and Sedition Francisco Goya persecuted The Spanish Inquisition Roy Harper's cursed with Freedom of Expression but Unbridled Greed is the way to Succeed With Executive Ambition Roil the Waters Roil the Seas Roil the Oceans of Insanities Roy'll bring us all to our knees If we can't learn to live in Peace... -jwc And I get a twisted pleasure out of rhyming Roy with Joy, Boy and my home state of Illinois ('cause I didn't think it could actually be done without making me cringe). I haven't worked in enough of a reference to Roy's huge cache of romantic love songs, or mentions of Miles or Che or Stormcocks or The Prisoner -- had to leave something for the other contributors to a Roy tribute album (I can dream, can't I?). Get to work, people!