She Wrestled an Angel A song by Entrance Way

She Wrestled an Angel A song by Entrance Way

“Our protagonist wonders if it were possible to physically engage with an angel. Two problems present themselves here: where does one find an angel, and then wouldn’t his strength overpower her? She solves both problems in the song.”

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Two perspectives for the existence of angels in our world would probably answer the two problems in different ways. If you believe in mythological angels or Hollywood angels, then you might believe that anything is possible in the spiritual realm of angels. But, if you look at angels from the faith-based perspective, religions attribute specific characteristics to angels.

Angels are some of the most misunderstood beings in our world. Because of movies and children’s stories, angels have been depicted in many different forms. Angels are mentioned in many of the world religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Angels in all these beliefs carry out the will of God as messengers, protectors, providers, and guides. They serve and worship God.

The Christian Bible describes angels as “beings” without a body. Humans do not die and become angels and angels don’t “get their wings” when someone does something good as in the plot of one very famous Christmas movie. Angels were created by God at the beginning of creation.

Throughout the Bible, angels appear in human form to carry out the will of God. They have a human form, but not a physical form. They speak to humans but rarely interact in other ways, according to scripture. There is little or no physical interaction. Angels cannot be “found” by humans. They might pray for help or guidance, but they cannot simply go out and find an angel.

Would a human be overpowered by an angel? Angels do not have God’s power, but they do have their own strength and power that exceeds human strength. (Psalm 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11). So yes, they could overpower, but probably wouldn’t have need to do so. Heavenly angels of the Bible are in-tune to the will and desires of God. They would not engage in early pursuits or engage in any human endeavors.

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Matty Groves Brings Us Matt Groves & Rich Jane Song

Matty Groves Brings Us Matt Groves & Rich Jane Song

“Matty Groves” is a Border ballad probably originating in Northern England that describes an adulterous tryst between a man and a woman that is ended when the woman’s husband discovers and kills them. This song exists in many textual variants and has several variant names. The song dates to at least the 17th century, and under the title Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard is one of the Child Ballads collected by 19th-century American scholar Francis James Child.  Source: Wikipedia

Matt Groves & Rich Jane Song

Matt and Jane engage in a fateful tryst. We borrowed the plot of this song from Fairport Convention’s “Mattie Groves” who, in turn, borrowed their plot from an old English folk song. The idea was to produce a modern version of Mattie’s fate.

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Matty Groves" is a Border ballad probably originating in Northern England that describes an adulterous tryst between a man and a woman that is ended when the woman's husband discovers and kills them. This song exists in many textual variants and has several variant names. The song dates to at least the 17th century, and under the title Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard is one of the Child Ballads collected by 19th-century American scholar Francis James Child.

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Faith Must Stay Alive  Doc Holliday Poem

Faith Must Stay Alive Doc Holliday Poem

Faith Must Stay Alive

I saw it as a proof, an odd, awkward
proof, one as disabled as I myself became, but

but proof all the same, this odds-defying
fact that I am still alive after all my attempts

to un-cheat death, if you will.
Your faith in me has proved out,

as if all recipients of faith
must stay alive long enough to either
confirm or at last disprove the merits

of this trust . . . so now I can see it, this trust
you placed in me . . . and I finally realized

if I truly want to die, I must now admit
to myself what you have known
since our childhood.

Artist’s note:

John Henry Holliday (1851-1887), known throughout the West as Doc Holliday,was born in Georgia and educated as a dentist in Pennsylvania.  Diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1873 and given only a half-year to live, he moved west, hoping to extend his life a few months in the dry climate.  Already condemned to a slow, painful death, Holliday knew no fear in dangerous situations, and his fame grew;  he teamed up with the Earp brothers during the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and many historians place the amount of men he killed in the 30s.  The only fellow Georgian Holliday continued to contact after he went west was his cousin, Mattie Holliday. Shortly after Doc contracted tuberculosis and left Georgia, Mattie too left their childhood world to become a Sister of Charity, entering an Atlanta convent. No correspondence between the two has survived, but it’s safe to say she had a profound impact on Doc, in that even though he had been raised a Presbyterian, it was revealed after his death at Glenwood Springs, Colorado, that he had recently been baptized in the Catholic faith.

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Election Song 2016

Election Song 2016

Wardco Studio came up with a great election song for today. This song to Jango free radio, Anastasia at Ward Kelley website, Ward Kelley Artist, Jamendo among other places.

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With Anastasia’s deep roots in Indiana, we wanted to write a song about the Midwestern state, and while thinking about all the images to describe Indiana – the farmlands, rural towns, basketball, industrialized cities – one overarching thing became clear. There is a powerful, nearly overwhelming, love of country here in the heartland, transcending all else. A quick look at the news, and the verses nearly wrote themselves.

Americana Lyrics

(Shields/Kelley 2016)

Chorus

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

I know the truth runs from Montana

all the way down to Louisiana.

It’s a belief here in Americana . . .

that we love this country . . .

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

Verse 1

Tired of hearing my phone tweet

how a priest just got his throat slit

by someone who believes different from me.

Tired hearing how five cops

just got murdered

by someone who believes different from me.

Chorus

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

I know the truth runs from Montana

all the way down to Louisiana.

It’s a belief here in Americana . . .

that we love this country . . .

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

Verse 2

Tired of hearing about Christians

getting beheaded

by someone who believes different from me.

Tired of politicians

ripping off millions,

because they’re treated quite different from me.

Chorus

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

I know the truth runs from Montana

all the way down to Louisiana.

It’s a belief here in Americana . . .

that we love this country . . .

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

Verse 3

We all have the same God

even though we think

about God quite differently.

Can we ever learn to honor

each human life?

Let’s face it, in the end,

there’s no differently.

Instrumental

Indiana,

Montana,

Louisiana,

Americana,

Love, love, love, love this country!

All across the land.

Chorus

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

I know the truth runs from Montana

all the way down to Louisiana.

It’s a belief here in Americana . . .

that we love this country . . .

I’m just a farm girl from Indiana,

Ordog, Ahriman and the mythological world of Divine Murder

In Divine Murder, “Ordog apparently realized it missed these easy human targets and they weren’t crushed dead under its foot. It spied them running toward a door in the near wall. But before the beast struck again, Ahriman sprinted from the computer area and leaped on the monster’s ankle. “

About Elisha Porat with Interview

Elisha Porat was a Hebrew poet and writer who said he’d never thought about writing poetry until he was a solider in the War of Yom Kippur in 1973. The war and even the death of Porat’s father inspired him to begin writing poetry non-stop.

Poem Inspired by the song “Middles”

Her soul touches me
down to the Middle of my core
Is there more to the Universe
than the middle of her soul?

Her soul is more to me
than I see in the Middle
of Humanity’s combined souls.

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Jesus & the Buddha – Note for the author

As I rummaged through notes I made 15 years ago, I came across some I made about the inventor of the Dewey decimal System. Where this might appear odd coming from a poet, I think you might agree this note overflows with the essence of poetry. See what you think:

Lyricist thoughts on Contessa of the Willows by Entrance Way

Lyricist thoughts on Contessa of the Willows by Entrance Way

In Contessa of the Willows the singer explores the stressed relationship he has with a woman who constantly seeks to find sadness in her otherwise happy circumstances. He loves her greatly, but wants her to see her proclivity for unhappiness flows from imaginary sources, as he attempts to show her his love can overcome her sadness.

This song started off when the line “fourteen thieves broke into your heart” popped in my head. This led to me fleshing out the origins or motivation of the fourteen thieves. I delved into some of my past published poems, finding ideas about this oddly stressed relationship about a man in love with a woman who constantly appeared to snatch unhappiness from a basically happy relationship. – Ward Kelley

Verse 1 Fourteen thieves broke into your heart, stole your peace, and made off with it all, you love best, child, what loves you apart. Love is only a tragic close call.   Chorus Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, you lay your head upon my pillows,   Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, like you’re submitting to our gallows. 

In verse 2 I pivoted off the English poet Stevie Smith’s line, ‘I’m drowning, not waving.’ – Ward Kelley

“Not Waving but Drowning” is a poem by the British poet Stevie Smith. It was published in 1957 as part of a collection of the same title. The most famous of Smith’s poems, it gives an account of a drowned man whose distressed thrashing in the water had been mistaken for waving. The poem was accompanied by one of Smith’s drawings, as was common in her work.

Verse 2 You want to learn how to raise your hand, wave it back and forth, say, “Well, here I am!” But then, child, I could never quite understand, you pull it right back down, and just say, “Damn!” Chorus Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, most souls mimic the arc of these willows,   Oh, my Countessa of the Willows as they bend far into the shallows. 

Verse 3 resolves the nature of the fourteen thieves who are actually fourteen pieces of the woman, parts of her who always seem to steal her peace. – Ward Kelley

Verse 3 Fourteen thieves, fourteen pieces of you; under your breast, child, there’s a throbbing ache . . . all that you do, you quickly undo, all that you make, you’ll soon want to break.   Chorus Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, why have you allowed your lands to go fallow?   Oh, my Countessa of the Willows how can I bring you to just let it go?   Verse 4 Sad people tend to look at themselves, and dwell upon all of their failings. Strong people, child, see the good in themselves; you need to see good traits, not your railings.

In the bridge I referenced the Roman Empire custom of placing a slave in the chariot of a triumphal general being feted by a celebratory parade when entering Rome: always remember you are human too. Anastasia’s part of the duet delivers two clues to the singer. She sings ‘can I ever belong?’ and later, ‘I need love, love, love.’ – Ward Kelley

Bridge You need the slave in your chariot, who whispers to you, “Always remember you are human too!”   You need love, you need love, love, love, here in the land where you can never, never, belong.   Instrumental   Chorus Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, the winds, like smoke, they stream and billow,   Oh, my Countessa of the Willows, pushing us both, oh, to the gallows.

Contessa of the Willows by Stafford/Kelley 2016

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history of souls second edition

history of souls by Ward Kelley.

Author, poet, and lyricist Ward Kelley is now offering a second version of "history of souls". This book offers poetry that encompasses a number of themes:

Magical realism: Literature that looks at fables, myths, and allegory in the rational world.

Reincarnation: The philosophical and/or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after death, can begin a new life in a new body to learn new experiences and gain knowledge.

Metaphysics: A traditional branch of philosophy concerned with nature of being and the world that surrounds it.

Reincarnation Themed Music and Lyrics

Reincarnation Themed Music and Lyrics

Reincarnation Themes in Don Whitaker’s CD Gnarled Bones

There are several songs in Don Whitaker’s CD, Gnarled Bones, which deal with Reincarnation themes. As the lyricist of all the songs on the CD, I must admit I rarely miss a chance to weave Reincarnation references into my lyrics. But three songs in particular deal with Reincarnation directly.

Gnarled Bones

Gnarled Bones, for which the album is named, is a song about a man who knows for certain he has not met his soul mate in this life, but has memories of her from prior lives. He catches a glimpse of her in a sales clerk’s eye or the way a waitress’ wrist tilts. He can’t completely enunciate the sadness this memory of her causes, but he knows he carried a sadness in his gut all his life, like gnarled bones.

There’s no way for him to resolve this sadness, as this is not a life where he was meant to be with her. Perhaps this is how he chose to refine his soul in this present life – by learning how to live with such an emptiness. And in the song’s chorus, he concludes he’s ‘a better man for the journey.’

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Variations On Emily

Variations On Emily, a song where I used lines from Emily Dickinson’s public domain pieces, then answer with lines of my own. Concerning Reincarnation, I’ve never come across any documents where Emily discussed her own belief in it, but I’ve often contemplated her last written sentences from her death bed, a short note to relatives: “Little cousins, Called Back.” She also instructed the words “Called Back” be carved on her grave stone. Now where this is a favorite saying of 19th century Christians, I’ve always entertained the reincarnational hope how if one were called back, it surely means you were there to begin with, before this life.

Canterbury Meditations,

Canterbury Meditations, This song uses the trope of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to muse about the nature of Reincarnation, how we’re all ‘rocks in the rock polisher’ of life. It follows the struggles of four of Chaucer’s characters: The Nun, The Friar, The Merchant and The Knight, including long instrumentals to give the listener spacious time to reflect upon the characters’ travails.

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Conclusion

Where there’s no scientific proof for Reincarnation, or for any other theology for that matter, the Ian Stevenson books come the closest so far as documenting cases of Reincarnation he directly studied. But a scientist to the end, Stevenson can’t bring himself to claim he’s proven the existence of Reincarnation, although his case studies are extremely compelling.

For any religious belief, it requires a faith on the part of the individual, rather than scientific proof, as no religion offers such proof. For myself, I came to Reincarnation through my 40 years of writing serious poetry. Those of us committed to this art, know poetry is a highly intuitive endeavor, and the more the poet disengages the conscious mind, the better the poem will flow in to the poet. Many years ago I became aware of what was flowing in often concerned the ‘circularity of the soul.’ And this led me to seek literature on Reincarnation. Since I already possessed a firm belief in poetry, it became a short journey to embrace Reincarnation.

Where I don’t recommend all individuals begin a regimen of poetry, I do believe it’s incumbent on all individuals to seek their own answers or faiths. As I wrote in a song “The Secret of Life” by one of our other artists, Joan in the Fires, if you search with a good heart, the answer will eventually pop up and shake hands with you. The answer always comes in the long, sincere search.

history of souls second edition

history of souls by Ward Kelley.

Author, poet, and lyricist Ward Kelley is now offering a second version of "history of souls". This book offers poetry that encompasses a number of themes:

Magical realism: Literature that looks at fables, myths, and allegory in the rational world.

Reincarnation: The philosophical and/or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after death, can begin a new life in a new body to learn new experiences and gain knowledge.

Metaphysics: A traditional branch of philosophy concerned with nature of being and the world that surrounds it.

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