by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 Still in bed, half past seven, I've been sleepless since four Peering through the darkness at my watch With its pale, glowing face and black, blurry hands Tunneling beneath the sunrise and taunting me Soft grey light seeps through the blinds Slowly lifting the … Continue reading A Slow Morning
by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 Thinking briefly that he was dreaming - that he wasn't in that packed theatre after all - Remy leaned forwards in his seat, grasped the sides of his walker, and rose unsteadily. Softly taking her husband's forearm, Anaïs began to stand as well. "I'm … Continue reading The Award Ceremony
by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 Okay! Come on, let's play! Let's play, Bingo. C'mon!! Kisses! C'mon… kisses! That's a boy! That's a boy!... Huggie time!… hrrr..rrr… hrrr… hrrr… C'mon, c'mon, let's play!... Floppy, floppy, puppy kisses! rrrr…! rrrr…! arrr..rrr!... Hug time! Come on! hrrr…! RUFF!! Oh, oh, oh… okay... … Continue reading Floppy Puppy Play
by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ for my son... Happy 23rd Birthday! ~~~ My hand glided over your mother's beautiful, swollen belly Feeling your kicks and taps We sang you lullabies and read you stories while You explored your warm, liquid cocoon Nine months of excitement, anticipation Ah, the miracle! You filled her womb with Life while … Continue reading You!
by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 (for a long-gone girlfriend who tried so hard to set me free) How many? How many ways can I ruin the eggs while you're Warming under the duvet? How many ways can I mangle the notes while I'm Singing your song out of key? How … Continue reading How Many… ?
by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ a tale of hope, for the people of Aleppo ~~~ The four-year war had become especially violent during the Fall. Now the Army was closing in, choking much of eastern Aleppo. Intermittent radio broadcasts featured Alawite songs, propaganda, and Assad’s reviled voice reassuring them that soon the rebel menace would … Continue reading The Birds of Aleppo
by Paul Raworth Bennett Every year, a few musical icons from our formative years will pass away. This year, many rock music greats from the 70s and 80s (David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Leonard Cohen…) have left us to hold them in our memories and hearts. For me, this year has brought an … Continue reading Sunset over Greg Lake
by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 Canadian Federal politics just got a lot hairier after yesterday's landslide victory for the Liberal Party's youthful and telegenic leader, Justin "Selfie" Trudeau. Lock-dreading, tressed-out Tory supporters may just feel like curling up in knots this morning - fit to be dyed, fearing we've just saddled … Continue reading All Hail Canada’s Hair Apparent!
by Paul Raworth Bennett 🙂 click here to listen along 🙂 After decades of fruitless, frantic searching Remy finally found Heart-Kettle's electric cord, and Into a gentle current of warmth and love He finally plugged it, feeling rather chuffed that At long last, he'd conquered himself, And now it was time for tea! But then Electric … Continue reading Remy, the Unwitting Electrified Jedi Army
by Paul Raworth Bennett Feeling philharmonic (classically, at least) and yearning for a shamelessly emotional, musical catharsis? Sergei Rachmaninoff - an undisputed master at filling people's eyes with tears - was so utterly absorbed by his love affair with music that I wouldn't be surprised if while deep in thought, he'd walk into more than his fair share of street … Continue reading Music… our gateway to bliss!