Ode to a Haiku
There once was a lady I knew
Who had trouble writing Haiku
The first words were fine
But by the last line
The syllables came out too few
She strived to get better and better
She polished each phoneme and letter
They began to arrive
As fine as a scented love letter
She was able to write them so quick
Sophisticated and slick
But never so crude
And painfully lewd
As a well-written limerick
© 2023 David Kuncicky
album "An American In Texas"
Santa Fe Reporter June 2016
reviewed by Alex De Vore
Kudos to Kuncicky for registering the super-apt website domain, “oldfiddleguy.com,”
and double-kudos for absolutely slaying, old fiddle guy or not. An American in Texas
not only weaves in and out of styles so deftly it’s mind-boggling, the entire
production is absolutely perfect. From the Spanish-sounding opener “Old Stoat” and
the oh-so-bluegrass movements of “Snake in the Grass” to the Irish-esque “Bending
the Dragon” and the gorgeous closing title track, the entire album is so jubilant
that Kuncicky’s absolute love of fiddle-driven numbers practically jumps off the
album and hugs you tight. In a sea of emulators, the man has gone all-original amid
an old-timey style of music, and this is no small feat. Like fiddle? You need this.
We Play For Ourselves
In the early evening we
pick up our instruments with real
determination. not always, sometimes cool
The mood changes, we
get comfortable. I shuffle left
in my chair, he stands facing me
with a fiddle, or sometimes a banjo.
I didn’t study music in school
but wished I had. we
play for ourselves.
When it flows it feels like bowling a strike.
Sometimes the tunes are played straight
sometimes, syncopated or swingy. we
play for ourselves. we both sing
at times, we sound rough but it’s not a sin.
Not a sin to use our voices, we
sing out into the thin
air. It used to be happy hour time with margaritas and gin
tonics but we
stopped that and sing straight. the jazz
sounds better, so does June
Apple and Kitchen Girl. we
play for ourselves.
© 2019 Steffie Grow
You would not think to look at him, but he was famous long ago, playing electric violin, on desolation row --Bob Dylan
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