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. 

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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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Daddy Whipped Cream

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Every time he sings, it’s the blues;
so incredible.
Emotions take a walk in his shoes;
its infallible.

Melody and lyrics a sledge-hammer –
impassible.
Try to push him over the edge?
He ain’t irascible.
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Her soul, her beauty

By Lawrence J. J. Leonard

In English here
 with the Spanish translation is below.

There is some type of voice inside her head.
It is unique and it learns to talk with nurturing grace.

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Looking back at her

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

At dawn she stands up in a princess’s room
takes three first steps 
to speak a nursery rhyme, then
dreams of loving grandparents who are
looking back at her.
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Silver Road

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

We opened our hearts
 as the shaman spoke

Telling us the future where
strange creatures walk the Earth
right into our town and our lives.

Their blue eyes
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