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today: THE COWBOY SINGS:
THERE'S SOMETHING I HAVE TO SAY

Elsa's Creativity Space - Update
swirl - creativity emporium   Hello again,   Elsa of Elsa's creativity space 

Poetry, songs, music - those have been uppermost this past while. Love Songs. Anger Pieces. Mellow Moments.

I woke up a few mornings ago with a cowboy singing, loud and clear in my ear, "There's Something I Have to Say."

I almost turned over and went back to sleep, but instead, though sleepy, I followed the words. I dragged myself to my computer, did my best to sing the melody. I opened Word and started typing:

there's moon rise
there's star rise
then sun rise
and honey
there's something I have to say    
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My father loved country and western, opera, Edith Piaf, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley - big emotion, not cool and laidback, but intensely full of feeling.

That's the kind of song the cowboy was singing. The last time I got a cowboy song that loud and clear, it was "It hurts when you break a leg or a heart." I rolled my eyes, and yet respected the words enough to write the song down.

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My thinking side hasn't kept quiet. It's been busy wondering about the very different ways anger is seen when you call it anger poetry and when you call it rap. I googled "anger poetry" - and got all kinds of messages about how bad anger is, how destructive. Then I googled rap, and came to a celebration of anger. I even came across a (tongue-in-cheek) recipe for a rap break-up song. Central: insult your girlfriend for being such a loser as to break up with you. None of the crying cry-baby stuff. Anger - the armor of invulnerability. Ultra coolness.

If you like the thinking stuff, I wrote a piece on attitudes to emotion, States of Mind. It starts: "All emotions are not considered equal." MORE

I've just realized another huge divide in attitudes to emotion: between those in the country music world and the rap world. The country world - you wear your heart on your sleeve. You go "Walking After Midnight" searching for the one who has left you. You have an Achy-Breaky Heart. That's far away from the rap world. In that world, it's dangerous to walk at any time.

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I've dipped into all those worlds of emotion, and more.

Here's something not too far from the rap world (in a minor way):
Escape Velocity

Then, LOVE:
The Warmth Within
Stop Wait Go On

LOVE TROUBLE:
(on the angry side)
Terms of Endearment are Cheap
(on the hurt side)
The Echo of the Echo.

I'll end back where I started, with the cowboy with something to say:
There's Something I Have to Say

There's more and more - loneliness, longing, wanting help, peacefulness, relaxed waiting, fed-up waiting, grief, joy.    MORE

Maybe I will give the last word to the thinking side: it's good to feel fully - and poetry and songs, at their best, bring us more alive to many emotions. The thinking side also helps me in another way. Sometimes I cringe, when the words in my head are ultra corny - "it hurts when you break a leg or a heart." So what, my thinking side goes, in her prim and proper way, emotions are sometimes ultra corny. Yes, they are.

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The light now is golden. Late afternoon. Early evening. The leaves on the trees are a lush vivid green. It's full summer. Outside are fields with huge bales of hay.

May your summer be full and wonderful.

All the best,

Elsa
July 6, 2008

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New! Elsas Creativity Space Update. I woke up to a cowboy singing.
Now I explore: country love song lyrics, rap poetry, emotion poems,
love poems and songs, anger poems, break up songs.


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Elsas creativity space is
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Gertrude Stein said, almost a century ago, a rose is a rose is a rose.

Much easier to say that, than to say
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space.

But just as a rose is a rose is a rose,
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space.

One could even go on to say that
a rose is a rose by any other name.

Likewise, one could hold that
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space
by any other name.

And many humans might not even notice if,
instead of
Elsas creativity space
I wrote
Elsas creativity place
or
Elsas creativity site.

Most humans would just register that it's
Elsas creativity something or other.

And it is.
But there's more.

The name is a signal.

This is
Elsas creativity place
Elsas creativity space.

i am not calling mayday. This is not a distress signal.

It's a hello signal, come see me, notice me.

Hello,
it's Elsas creativity space
Elsas creativity place
calling all search engines
to find me on my island
deserted but fertile
enchanted but isolated
creative and creating but too too alone.

Who will help me through my dark?
Who will help me make my mark?
Who will help me build my ark?
I cannot do it alone.

I'm calling to people
but strangely it's not people
I am turning to for help.

It's the web
the world wide web.

I'm calling hoping the web will hear that
Elsas creativity place
Elsas creativity space
is calling, calling, calling with longing and hope.

signed,

Elsa

Zee

Not-me

Sexe-Tete

All of me

including my early childhood self, Dely,
who took the name Elsa

July 9 , 2006
somewhat revised, February 6, 2007

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