Margo Roby gives us a musical challenge for her Tuesday Tryouts, http://margoroby.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/tympani-tambourines-and-toots-tuesday-tryouts/. She asks for whatever comes off the quill while listening to music, and as a courtesy, she provided four potential music samples—and for those not familiar with classical music, what samples they are.

Vienna Horns

Fur Elise — Beethoven

Vivaldi Four Seasons — Winter

Brandenburg Concertos — Bach 

Roughly one half of my soul is made of music. It goes with me everywhere. Anytime I hear music, that musical side of my soul inserts lyrics. It is something beyond my ability to control. Sometimes, the lyrics make sense—other times, not so much—often those lyrics change each time I hear a specific piece of music. I thought this would be pretty easy, especially since Für Elise is one of my favorite pieces of all time. Unfortunately, what came out didn’t come out much like lyrics or a poem. Standing alone, it looks pretty silly, but it fits fairly well with the music. I encourage you to read it while listening to the music (a click on the link by pressing down on the center wheel on my mouse opens the music in another tab so it can be heard while reading along). I did not finish the whole thing. I simply can’t type fast enough to keep up with the music and replaying it over and over, as enjoyable as I find it, is keeping me from working on my novel. So here it is. Not a poem generated by the music, but the lyrics the music speaks to me. If news comes out of Ludwig Von Beethoven spinning in his grave, it’s my fault.


O—– how I feel,
I feel
all the love,
O—– how I feel,
I feel
all the love.

O—– how I need,
I need
all those times,
O—– how I need,
I need
all those times,

when you are here,
when you are here,
I can breathe.
I can live.

O——- But now I find,
I find,
you are gone
O—– But now I find,
I find
you are gone

And when you’re gone
my world ends
my heart cries
my heart dies.

O—– what can I do?
Oh no
oh my God,
O—– what can I do?
How can
I call you back?

But here you are
here forever
right beside me
holding me so tightly
What did you do
to ever need
me like this?

My heart,
it flies so lightly.

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8 Responses to FÜR ELISE

  1. vivinfrance says:

    That deserves a big wow. I certainly couldn ‘t sing along, but you’ve given us a fascinating insight into the world of Mike.

  2. Janet says:

    Mike, this is so tender and lovely. What a musical treat today. I really liked this exercise, and hope to try a few more of the songs. With my first attempt I also chose this piece. One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed!

    I’m looking forward to buying your novel someday;) Happy writing.

  3. earlybird says:

    Yes! Love this. Brilliant, Mike.

  4. margo roby says:

    I am fascinated with the diversity of responses to the prompt. I will always be fascinated. Thank goodness you did not scrap this. Your poem is so other that you cannot compare it to others. And, what have you learned about not scrapping work? Ever? Even if it hides in a file somewhere [This is where I’m not sure that a computer works, but that’s another conversation]. Now, just change fly’s in the last line to flies [yes, I know you know better].

    Remind me to send you a prompt I have that is difficult for most people [I certainly can’t do it] but with what you say about music and lyrics should suit you and I think you will enjoy playing with it.


  5. tmhHoover says:

    I took your advice and opened the music in another tab and read along as it played. My husband is away for the month of November. And now I an all sniffy and need a kleenex – damn leaky eyes. Your words go seamlessly into the song and left me wishing my husband was home.

    • Mike Patrick says:

      Thank you for going the extra mile. The poem looks so silly there by itself, but in context, it’s what the notes say to me.

  6. Wow, Mike, the music spoke to you in such a beautiful way. Nice one.


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