Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

It's April again and while that means different things for all of us, one of the delights we share is the Kidslistophere Progressive Poem. Each year, this crazy poem takes on a life of its own as it meanders from blog to blog. This year Matt Forest started us off with the challenge to use song lyrics. So far no one has ventured off the set course. I have to tell you, though, that I seriously considered it. The thing that makes lyrics so hard in my opinion is that most songs tell a story of something that happened in the past and the focus is often on feeling not doing.

Well, I'm inclined to believe that it's high time our main character in this poem decided to DO SOMETHING! You'd be surprised how hard it is to find lyrics for action. Hence, my temptation to jump ship. However, I tried harder and landed on this one. There is a hint of action with at least a goal in mind.

And Carole King was a favorite back in the day. Enjoy the song down below if you don't know it.

Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.

You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,

make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.

Gonna get me a piece o' the sky.

Found Lines:

L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/ Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns
L13 Carole King, "Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)"

Links for the next few lines:
14 Christie @ Wondering and Wandering
16 Carol @ Beyond LiteracyLink

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