I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

A Musical Poem

I have taken another one of my poems - The Captured Rainbow - and set it to some original piano music and images I filmed in New Zealand. Put your feet up, turn up the volume, and click twice on the play button! It's only 2.5 minutes long! I hope you enjoy it. (NB: It's normal that the music doesn't play straight away!)

If you like this, please feel free to link to it or embed it on your own blog.


Susan Abraham said...

Loved it Shameless!
Super video quality & very creative.
I think any number of romantic descriptions would fit this beauty.
And ...thinking of your favourite gran...
So the poem was about you...
Top-class! :-)

Shameless said...

I'm glad you liked the video ... it seems a bit shaky in this large window, but it would be a shame to reduce it too much into a smaller window!:)
I had to change the poem at the end to fit the location as well.

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Shameless. It was beautiful to watch, to read, to listen to.

Perhaps I am a bit dense, but it was almost too much. My senses concentrate on two things really well but with three, I lose my focus. I was reading the poetry and was pulled by the visual images. I wanted to really enjoy each part of this. I had to watch it twice to really get it all, and I wanted to get it all. The images, the words, the music were beautiful.

Your talents, good sir, seem endless.

Shameless said...

Thanks. Yes, I was thinking of voicing up the poem, but then thought it might take away from the piano. Anyway, good that you went back for a second dose, which is always a good thing! :)

Susan Abraham said...

Hi again Shameless,
The dissolving of pictures, all lapsing one into another, poetry layout and especially the colour key (sharp & clear)I thought were of a super quality.
A lot better in production value than even a fair bit of professional videos already on the internet. :-)

Look, you paint, ski, write poetry, write novels, compose music and can even make a decent short film. Shameless, as long as you don't tell me you're a sculptor as well... oh I really will swoon! :-)

Shameless said...

Now, that is something I have never done: sculpting. Well, I'm sure I squeezed gunky stuff together as a kid, but not as an adult! :)

Minx said...

This is such a lovely way to present poetry. It gives another, more personal aspect to your words and an insight into how you yourself have interpreted your vision. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

An original composition! Very cool. The recording quality sounded good too.

I'm really looking forward to exploring this medium more myself.

Shameless said...

It's really satisfying to be able to mix all of these things together. There's pleasure, for me, on all levels. Hopefully that gets passed on. I imagine people need to play it a few times to really catch all the elements, as Goodthomas said. There's nothing like pulling out all the stops!

Thanks. I look forward to checking out your creations too. There's so much scope out there, in terms of sending out our words! :)

Atyllah said...

Lovely interpretation an display of the abalone shell :-) (Images remind me of "home" :-) )
Looking at some of the comments - one way of handling the presentation would be to drop down the sound of the music as you read out the poem - you'd obviously need two recording tracks - and then as you end the poem, bring up the music volume again. I've heard it done really effectively with a Pablo Neruda poem.

Shameless said...


I'm glad you liked it. I may just try a spoken poem next time around, to add some variety to what senses are being tickled.
I'm keen to do something with my Saint Antoine market poem, which is already in the pipeline.

But I think reading the poem and hearing it are different experiences, and I will probably keep doing both. :)

Shameless said...

Someone emailed to ask for the name of the beach in NZ. So, for anyone else who wants to know:

It's Little Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the North Island! :)

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