Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Beautiful Dreamer

I'm supposed to bring one of my own poems to creative writing class today so the students can critique it and send me off with some possible edits for Thursday. Might as well bring in something new, maybe something based on "Beautiful Dreamer," the Stephen Foster parlour ballad from 1864. Wrote it a few months before his death, the poor bugger, destitute.

Too bad about those lyrics, though. I'm going to need to come up with a contemporary sound so words like "dewdrop" and "steamlet" don't slow me down. Wish me luck!

5 comments:

Brenda Schmidt said...

I dunno, Gerry. If you simply change the throng to thong, the dewdrop would take on a whole new meaning...

Gerald Hill said...

How so?

I look forward to further comment.

Amy said...

Well, I'm not touching the current discussion (!) but I will say that I'm looking forward to reading Gerry's effort (you are planning on posting it, right?).

Gerald Hill said...

It's a bit awkward to post, maybe, but I'll email it to you if you want.

Amy said...

Sure! Preferably with the dance mix tunes cranking in the background.