Mixed Genres: The True Tale of Two Star-Crossover Lovers



we were mixing genres
from the first note

Joni and Jazz were on the piano
and I was on my way
Into the Wild
with a ukulele
and a rock and roll heart

i was warned
not to play
with this one

but we pressed play
on a trickster
for an (r)evolution



i just wanted
to jam
not be in a band

but we had already
planted a bass line steady
mixed with a purple melody
some sorta cross-genre medley

got in a fast car
and drove slow
melodically meandering
on rivers and roads

redwood fairy lullabies (original)
ukulele love surprise
under hot full moon skies
and mama creek sunrise

no more waiting
or hesitating
we did the black mountain hop
to a fall harvest crop
can’t stop
a surprise reprise
under October skies
on Pine Mountain top

everything was afire
in the valley
her hair was the least of it
forest and feelings
fueling the flames
of/for this carol

in a gift of rain
while I drummed
and she danced
i gave up my can’ts
and gave it a chance:

sure, i’ll form a band with her
sign a contract with
a record label
you know, to be stable.

what a fable.


“wait, wait, wait!
stop, what kind of song is this?
what key are we in?
where’s the rhythm?
i don’t even recognize that instrument.
what’s a shadow note?”

as soon as we tried to make it
a top 40 pop hit
we went off key
it sounded like shit

half way through the song
we started singin’ out of tune
maybe it was time to prune
if we were creating wounds
so soon

there were simply too many notes
to note, so,
like an emperor, I spoke:
“i have the antidote:
Just cut a few.
it will be perfect,” to quote.

But there are just as many notes,
as are required.
Neither more nor less.

could she sing all the notes
that she has?
could my ears even hear
all that jazz?

which notes did we
have in mind
to make it more refined?

were they outta my range
or did we need to rearrange?
and if so, how do you change
mid-song? that’s strange (confusion)

discordant chord
on the keyboard
upside-down sounds
causing frowns
perhaps we needed
to become unbound

let our songs
be their own thing
this time around

so we put away our music stands
and disbanded the band
with melancholy hearts in our hands

we walked away
from the dock of the bay
perhaps our last chance
was lost that day

my feet beat a quick retreat
my heavy heart halfway
to a mountain seat
before i even crossed the street

i walked outta town
to be both lost and found
into the woods
with the should nots and shoulds

whistling a tune so wrong
it had no place in a song (countermelody)


INTERLUDE: A Meditation on Music Theory

there are different
ways to get lost
in the music

but it’s okay
to lose one’s way
in order for mystery
to come out and play (chorus)

you’ll never find it
if you only go halfway

how do you end
a song at the bridge?
how do you stop the growing corn?
can you mourn
music unborn?

conventional formula goes,
“this is how you compose”:

chorus, first
chorus, last

you might have a hit
real fast

easy to sing along to
catchy, but shallow
and can’t contain
all the deep notes

if you wanna write a song
you gotta know the genre (certainty)

or do you?



sometimes you have to
mix genres and crossover
break out of your rusty cage
with a man in black and go with it
get out your
heavy metal harpsichord
put Bach on banjo
your girls on violin
and Inspector Gadget on beatbox flute
and bring the noise
with a boy named sue
better boogie woogie
and for god’s sake, play some S&M
or folk punk or rock and roll flamenco
doesn’t have to be black and white

CHAOS: Breakdown/up/through/out

sometimes you lose
the melody
by accident
or by design

like the part of the song
where all the instruments

at the same time

with Suerte
a good song can resolve the discord
and rediscover a major chord
and sing: le ro lo le lo le

but if we don’t know what to sing,
and feel under pressure
let’s just say:
Um ba ba be
De day da
Ee day da
that’s okay

if it doesn’t work,
well, could just be the music’s over
or a different song
than we hoped for all along

It may or may not be true
that a true song will find you in the end (satirical cover)

So just sing:
Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!

ob-la-di ob-la-da
life goes on

oh well,
coo coo ka choo



not sure if the band
will release a new album
or tour again

if we’re able, it’ll be with a
different record label
infused with different hues

perhaps a rainbow

a creative collaboration
perhaps a new iteration
is in gestation?

a sequel song for inspiration?
a tiny gig for titallation?
or just a trickster track
in preparation?

an instrumental?

or just enjoy the silence?

regardless, no expectation

still learning
to write a song right.

but there is no right
there’s only:

feeling into the main melodies
respecting the rhythm
being curious about the cadence
letting it be its own genre

freedom and form
form the song

but in what amounts?

Isn’t it the space
in between the notes
that makes the music possible? (curiosity)


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