About spindoctorusa

American poet, songwriter, and novelist; publishing poetry and short stories in print and online since 1998. As native of Houston, Texas, and former Marine (although there is no such thing as a former Marine). His family roots reach back to Mexico, Spain, Native America, France and Ireland. This promotes a worldview rich in family love, emotion, storytelling, and truth finding. Really enjoy well-written and well thought out verse, and back away from over-used common and vulgar expressions. Words are music - just find the best "beat" and it will "sing" for you. Knowledge may be power, while power certainly is love, but love is knowledge. Know who you are.

Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – Honorable Mention

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Hi,
I was recently inspired to examine modern music as an expression of depression in mental health. In pop, rock, and rhythm & blues music the themes are troubled relationships and separation, among a host of others. A song’s melody evokes feeling, too. For the next few weeks I will rank the saddest songs of the rock and roll genre.

I gave weight to the tune, chord progression, melancholy overtones, and the agony in which the singers performed a sorrowful rendition. For some listeners this is a way of acknowledging a depressed state, while others identify with the lyrics or situation.

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The first will be last in 2045

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

  The first will be last in 2045 for then we will say “long dead and gone” are
  the svengali masters of blood contracts and casting couch management

  Yes, the runts, the hapless, the nerdy undersized
  have taken over Commerce.

  The allergic, shot taking sissies and hypersensitive mouth breathers
  now dictate Fashion and the fabrics we wear.

  Book worms who made lists of all the places they would travel
  and who loved poetry are the Moguls in Film and TV.

 “Long dead and gone” are the mesmerizing masters of secret societies
  and back-door transactions

 Those quiet, soft spoken faint of heart, the listeners of song birds
 and nature freaks now control the Music Industry.

  All athletes who prefer to jog and walk in the evenings 
  have redesigned Auto Industry manufacturing.

  So many slow to get coordinated, the ones afraid of cars and cycles
  surely own and dominate the Energy corridors.

 “Long dead and gone” are the hypnotizing masters of stealthy media
  and clandestine relations

  The anorexic, the obese, the children with no appreciation for gourmet
  govern our Farm, Fish and Game and decide what is nutritious

 

There is no legacy for the 7 deadly sins. The spoils have been abandoned
by their moneyed vainglorious carcasses. Today the Last are now First. 

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

Moody Blues – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Ever since 1964 when Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, Denny Laine,
Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick first performed as the Moody Blues,
the “marriage of classical and rock” has opened creative doors
and inspired musicians and music lovers on every shore.

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Pathways of Peace

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

There is no substitute for peace in a world of conflict.
The universe will eventually come to rest and then
the Creator will declare peace for all time.

But for now, we mostly just talk about it.

Enjoy this breakdown of how we weave “peace” in and out of our daily conversations:

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Continual reminder

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Plans are never easy
when contending with the soul.
Success is always worth the price
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An ancient act of forgiveness

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many great stories have been told and written
which describe people of good moral character.

Some in the face of temptation
and others in the face of anger and death
are tested from the point of heartbreak  to the point of extinction.

If we as believers are called to be forgiving,
surely our actions will appear as defiant to some
because many of today’s “authoritarians”
do not understand the concept of forgiveness.

Can an argument over an interpretation be good cause to end a relationship?

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