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October 11, 2008

Rock and Roll Icon Digs Dude Parody!

I often find my poetic inspiration from the works of others, and last December I wrote a piece with humble apologies to Jake Hooker and Alan  Merrill (Listen and enjoy!), hee, hee. ;-D

So you don't have to go to the original post here, in all its glory, is...

I Love to Get on a Bike and Go, Go, Go!

I saw her parked in the store showroom
I was sure her speed must a been at least 17
She looked so sleek and so strong
I knew I could ride her all day long
That feeling inside wasn't wrong
And soon she was with me, yeah me, as I was singin'

I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So let's hit the road, baby!
I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So come on and roll with me!

She gleamed in the sun and I gave her a name
I'll call you Cleopatra, I smiled,
'Cause to not would be a shame

Said, I'll take you on a long trip alone

Next we were movin' down the street
She was with me, yeah me, as I was singin'
I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So let's hit the road, baby!
I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So come on and roll with me!

Said, I'll take you on a long trip alone

And we'll be rollin' on
And I'll be singin' that same old song
Yeah, I'll be singin'

I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So let's hit the road, baby!
I Love to get on a bike and go, Go, GO!
So come on and roll with me!

Lone_blogger

In the time that has passed since I wrote the above I've had one comment.

Long time commentor, friend, and encourager of my creative writing, Jaspar, wrote..."Not bad, but hang on to your day job." ;-D

Last week a 2nd opinion was expressed, and that is what I wish to share with you, dear reader, today...

I awoke, on Monday, October 6th, to the following in my e-mail:

A new comment from “Alan Merrill” was received on the post “I Love to Get on A Bike and Go, Go, Go!” of the weblog “The Cycling Dude”.

Comment:

Funny! Thanks!!

Cheers,

Alan Merrill

Commenter name: Alan Merrill

I sat there, looking at the screen, wondering if I was still asleep, and imagining things, but a check of the website convinced me this was legit.

So I wrote a thank you, and included a couple of questions:

Dear Mr. Merrill,

Thank You so very, very, much!!

Your kind compliment absolutely made my day, hell, my week! ;-D

A few years ago I re- discovered a talent for creative writing not tapped for a couple of decades, since my school days, and discovered a talent for poetry/song, as well.

From time to time I find my inspiration in the wonderful works of others, and that day, last December, it was the turn of you and Mr. Hooker. ;-D

On my BikeBlog, and my other Blog, Musings of a Mad Macedonian, for 6 years now, these pieces find a home for others to discover and enjoy.

The creators of the pieces that inspire me are either long since dead or, I figured, until your note arrived, leading busy lives that would in no way lead them to discover what had been done by little ol' me, with my miniscule readerships.

Getting reactions from either camps, under those circumstances, is something one hardly expects, hee, hee! ;-D

So that begs 2 questions:

1. How in the heck DID you find me, anyway?

2. What is it about my little piece that makes it funny in your eyes?

As a budding writer, I am always open to constructive criticism, and praise, for my humble efforts, but have rarely gotten either. ;-D

Sincerely yours,

Kiril

That evening I received a response:

Hi Kiril,

Well it might be my regional heritage (mid-south-Europe) being close to yours, and a resulting similar sense of humour!

How I found you?

I simply look for any cover versions of "I love rock n roll" that my publisher might have overlooked, and your piece came up.

I thought it was clever and wanted to thank you for taking the time to write a parody to my olde tune.

I thought it was very inventive!

Cheers,

Alan

Now, just how very cool was that? ;-D

LOL!

Imagine that, an, um, 70's era Rock and Roller having a similar sense of humor to someone who played the Violin for 8 years in school, in the 70's and, as a result loves Classical, Big Band, Swing, and Instrumental Jazz over the music his peers went bonkers over (Such as the music of said Rock and Roller, um, hee, hee!). ;-D

Will wonders never cease? Hee, hee! ;-D

As I wrote him back I find interesting his explanation for finding me.

It makes perfect sense, and I can imagine other performers, and song writers, being just as interested in such things.

Anyway I thanked him again for the compliments, and taking the time to write to me.

It truly means a lot to me.

Some have looked askance at me for my blogging all these years ( 3 blogs over 6 years, 1 retired after 5 1/2 ).

I love to write, what can I say, whether its about bicycling or, on my other blog, my opinions, or on genealogy, cats, books, movies, and TV, and on a whole host of other interests, including writing poetry, and fiction.

My traffic may be miniscule, but I've built a reputation of sorts, especially with the Dude, and developed some interesting friendships, and had some amazing correspondences, over the years.

The friendships, correspondences, being interviewed by a local weekly, consulted by an author of a book, then quoted in the finished product, being invited to be a part of the new "Citizen Press Corp" of the Orange County Pacific Symphony (Unpaid! I get free tickets to concerts I want to attend, then I blog about them!)...all make this hobby interesting, and well worthwhile for me, even if I make little money from it (My 1ST payment from Google Adsense FINALLY came in, last week, hee, hee! $101 whoo hoo!!!).

I plan to print a copy of my December Post, and his comments about it, and get a frame later in the month.

That frame will then go on my wall with pride.

There are millions of bloggers, world-wide, who plug away, daily, or weekly, in obscurity, on every subject under the sun, and it is my hope that this story will encourage them to keep it up because there are interesting, and interested, people out there, unknown to you, who are reading your work...

And one day you might hear from someone...and who knows where that contact may lead? ;-D

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yea...

last night as I rode home from work I tried to modify the song "The Freaks Come Out at Night"
it is an 80's Rap Classic

my song was "The Assholes Come Out at RUSH HOUR"
it did not work our so well because those were the only lyrics I knew

Posted by: gwadzilla | Jan 16, 2009 4:43:18 PM

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