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Music Performance Pleasures Poetry

Riff

Riff

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Right about now

in music classrooms in high schools up and down the land

four piece bands are being formed and

fret boards are taking a hammering

Repeated notes

in ordered formation

fill empty spaces on the musical page

forming a foundation to create something magical

Rythum and Blues follow guitar

in concert halls up and down the land

following the familiar formation

followed by the star playing the guitar strings

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Acrostic Leisure Life Performance Time

Interest

Interest

In the great scheme of things,

new or old alike

take great attention to something that

engages them – and fills the time that they call “Free”

Reading good books, or taking part in sport –

equal in weight to

somebody who decides

to undertake the activity

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Acrostic Performance

Trance

Trance

The music and the lasers are rounded on you

Reality is – they’ve got you in their spell

As you dance around the disco following the haze

Not knowing when to stop

Creating mayhem on the floor chasing the lights – no

Exception – you’ll dance till you drop

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Acrostic Performance Poetry Sports Winter

Photo Challenge : Graceful

Graceful

graceful

Gliding across the ice like a top ballerina

rotating circles into blue ice with her blade

audiences applaud this brilliant ice dancer as she

circles around creating patterns on the ground

everyone appreciating each light move –

floating in the air as she spins

until the time comes for her to

land delicately on the ice…to receive her flowers

 

 

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Industrial Performance Photography Places Travel

Ostentatious

Ostentatious

Definition of Ostentatious

Characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.

There are many places that meet this criteria, but you could say the refurbished Manchester Waterside comes close.

Firstly they cleaned up the basins, and placed lots of fancy housing around where the dockside warehouses are…whilst that was going on, they built a hotel on the dock 6, the nearest to the Trafford road bridge, built the bridge a sister and turned Trafford road into a dual carriageway

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Wildlife made its way onto the Dockside, whilst a line of trees followed a walkway commemorating the areas past and transformation, as office blocks, hotels and shopping malls made their way onto space where industrial and ship repair warehouses once stood

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The Office workers were given modern housing set by the waterside, and the owners paid a fortune to get the water in the basins cleaned up.  Old Bridges were given a lick of paint, and the Gem in the crown of the transformation – An Arts centre – the Lowry was placed in a prominent position on the canalside

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Detroit Bridge Salford Quays

The latest piece of the Jigsaw ?  arrived when BBC Manchester were considering a new base for their broadcast HQ.  This led to the development on the furthest part of the quayside adjacent to the Lowry by Erie Basin.  They called the development “Mediacity:UK” and hosts broadcasting facilities for BBC TV and Radio and ITV…as well as several production houses

Definitely a change from the Old Dockside…..

Ostentatious ? I’ll let you be the judge of that !

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Character Performance Poetry

Piano

An acrostic poem written to a Photo Challenge on Allpoetry.com

(played around a little with the photo in photoshop!)

piano

Sitting in a dusty hallway
The old grand master sits alone
Expecting someone to play him
In his time – he was a legend
Nobody could beat him for a tune
When his black and white keys played – people listened
As they waited in the lounge – waiting for their room
Years went by, the hotel closed, and he sits there alone

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Arts Music Performance Poetry

A choral thing

Sing

a literary response to the Manchester Voices Volunteer Choir

Let the people sing aloud,

for those in the audience are justly proud…

of those gathered together in a mere few weeks –

the music director needed some tweaks…

as they sorted the tenors from the bass baritone

with a couple of sopranos sometimes singing alone.

but joining as one, they’ve sung their songs

(and sometimes , their audience have been singing along)

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Arts Drama Musicals Performance Theatre

The Musical Place

The Lowry in Salford - Topic of the poem
The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

A poem dedicated to the Millennium Landmark of the Arts – based right in my home city, by the banks of the Manchester ship canal.

There’s a place by Pier Eight,

at the end of the quay –

where people go looking for things to see.

I’m talking of Art from Present and Past,

and Shows and plays with memories that’ll last

And people they come from near and from far

drinking a coffee from the pre-show bar

as thespians make some last pre-show checks

behind the curtain, like some nervous wrecks

And paintings from famous painters they’ll see

like that one known as simply “Lowry”

and curators look on with a smile as they pass

looking at paintings from artist amassed

So, by day people look at the things on display

by night they take in a show or a play

And each night the performers prepare for the boards

behind the stage curtain – in front of the hoards.

And after the show,

for coffee they go ’bout

agreeing that they’ve had

One grand day out