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You've Changed

March 2nd at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, I'll do my first full-length public reading performance. In preparation, this week on The Byrd Word I read extensively from 'You've Changed,' my new book of poetry from Mezcalita Press. You can purchase your own copy of 'You've Changed' at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

I mention my friend and great poet Eva HD in this podcast. Here's a good place to read a few of her poems http://michaeldennispoet.blogspot.com/2015/07/rotten-perfect-mouth-eva-hd-mansfield.html and here's a good place to buy them https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1771260815/

I also mention my friend Corin Raymond, a musical poet and spoken word artist. For all things Corin, and there is a whole kingdom of beautiful things, https://corinraymond.com/

You can find me these places with my musical partner Johnny Waken (Austin McCall joins us on drums every Wednesday night):

WED FEB 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eno River Rats

WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford

FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'

WED MAR 7 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eric Bannan

WED MAR 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Kyshona Armstrong

FRI MAR 16 - Journey Church - Nisswa, MN

SAT MAR 17 - The Warming House - Minneapolis, MN

WED MAR 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Jim Watson

FRI MAR 23 - Red Bicycle Hall - Madison, IN

SAT MAR 24 - Open Prairie Church (Princeton Coffeehouse) - Princeton, IL

 

Your fan,

JByrd

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Wild Ponies with Rowan

This week, my son Rowan asked if we could talk about my song Wild Ponies, which we used in the first podcast. We listen to an early demo version of the song and break down the lyrics, which I'll share below.

We'll be on WCOM, Carrboro's local radio station, at 10am tomorrow. Tune in to https://wcomfm.org/ and listen live. Catch a show this month:

WED FEB 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - Valentines Day!

THURS FEB 15 - Carolina Theater - Durham NC - opening for The Earls Of Leicester

WED FEB 21 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Eno River Rats

WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford

FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'

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Wild Ponies

She had legs like daggers and eyes like oceans
and her heart locked up in a hard combination.
I took her to the island, to see the wild ponies.

See, I had a friend who had a concrete boat, -
it don't take as much as you might think to float-
and he lived out on the island with the wild ponies.

We made a fire in the live oak trees,
and listened to the pirate breeze blowing.
And wondered how a man could be
so far from home, and still know where he's going.

She drifted down from a shipwrecked town
and landed here on the Pamlico sound.
She'd heard out on the islands, there were wild ponies.

I gave all I could give to her:
a chance to see what she had heard
and a night out on the island with the wild ponies.

But she didn't stay here, like she didn't stay there,
always looking for somewhere a little greener.
Every time I see the ponies run-
scared and hungry, wild and young- I see her.

I heard somebody say she died
drinking one night on the ocean side,
swimming to freedom, like a wild pony.

I wish her well. I wish her peace.
It's got to be lonely to be so free,
always running, like a wild pony,
living your life like a wild pony.

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Wild Ponies is on an album called Cackalack, available from the store.

Your fan,

JByrd

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I Love You Guys

Today we're joined by New Folk award-winning songwriter Wes Collins, who will also be playing with us Wednesday February 7th at The Kraken, a little roadhouse on Highway 54 west of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We'll listen to and talk about Wes's song 'I Love You Guys,' how it got started, and how it got finished. We'll also hear a cut from Wes's album 'One Layer Down,' a summery story-song called Diana.

You can find Wes Collins and his lyrics online at https://www.wescollins.com/ , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wescollinsmusic/ and at https://www.reverbnation.com/wescollins

You can also listen to 'I Love You Guys' on Youtube at https://youtu.be/wBnuLBbAZyw

Thanks for tuning in to The Byrd Word in your podcast app, iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Leave us a review and share the podcast with your friends online. If you're local, join us every Wednesday night from 7-10pm at The Kraken. I love you guys. Your fan,

JByrd

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Super Blue Blood Moon Horse

Today, my son Rowan and I discussed the super blue blood moon, and I read a poem about the moon that was inspired by something he said to me a few days ago.

Moon Horse

I heard of a language with no words for colors.
They must have seen my moon horse running,
a cloud of light rising from the black page of the sky.

Is a half moon a golden bowl?
Silver is silver. Gold is gold.

Moon is moon.

In a moon house,
my mother: the moon-haired lady- the ashes of time turning everything moon.

Winter-white moon,
alabaster dogtooth. The dark-half dove like the skin of a porpoise.

Wood smoke moon,
a fawn-spotted sand dollar, oyster biscuits and a sandcastle tan.

Lemon butter moon,
pineapple blonde. Daffodil medallion of a dijon underneath the lid.

Blood orange moon,
ginger-fire tangerine, apricot rustbelt cantaloupe cider.

I heard of a language with no words for colors.
They must have seen my moon horse running,
a cloud of light rising from the black page of the sky.

You can see me every Wednesday from 7-10pm at a little roadhouse on highway 54 outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina called The Kraken. This Friday, February 2nd, I’ll be doing my first full-length reading performance at a private residence in Carrboro, North Carolina. You can email me or private message me on facebook or twitter, and I’ll give you the directions and details.

You can purchase a book of my poetry called ‘You’ve Changed,’ available from my web store jonathanbyrd.com/the-store. If you like the podcast, subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. Follow me on facebook, instagram, youtube, and twitter, and now on my own Apple News channel called simply Jonathan Byrd. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions for future shows. Until next time, I’m your fan,

Jonathan Byrd

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Travelin' Woman

On The Byrd Word podcast today, ‘Travelin’ Woman’ Jess Klein, who is also our special guest tonight at The Kraken on Highway 54 outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I play with my band every Wednesday. I’ve known Jess for a long time, but I had never heard this song until I discovered it by accident yesterday putting some promo together for our show.

We begin with a live performance from youtube channel Music Fog. Find them at https://www.youtube.com/user/MusicFog. Jess has two other songs on Music Fog along with her own youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/msjessklein

You can find more of Jess Klein’s music and tour dates on jessklein.com. Join her email list to stay up-to-date. Also listen to and download her entire catalogue on jessklein.bandcamp.com. We’re playing tonight at a roadhouse called The Kraken on a two-lane highway outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can find them at thekrakenbar.com

Thanks for listening. Subscribe to The Byrd Word podcast to stay updated, share it with your friends online, and leave us a review on iTunes. Until next time, I’m your fan, Jonathan Byrd.

Travelin' Woman - © Jess Klein

And what's a travelin' woman to do
I'm in Chicago it's a quarter to two
Can't go out walkin' on the streets alone
But there's nobody here to make me at home
And in the morning I'll be movin' along anyway

I got no money but I got no disease
I got a good heart and a body to please
I heard your story bout the Virgin Queen
But that ain't really quite the same as me
I need a lover to put my mind at ease
I need someone to take the weight off me

Show me someone who will bring me to his town
Take me out and twirl me all around
Tell me he's so glad for what he's found
But don't ever make me put my suitcase down

He said he loved me and I should be his kin
But that my travelin' would do him in
The next one told me I could travel a lot
But when I came back, another girl he'd got
They make me feel like I can't keep time
Or my timin's just too sublime

Then there was Jimmy with his black cross tattoos
But he was busy with his own set of blues
The way my heart felt between Joey and Mike
Is what the desert between oceans feels like
In certain ways I been around the world
In others I'm just a baby girl

So people tell me if I'm tellin' the truth
Talk to me clearly now and don't dilute
This ain't no suitcase full of trinkets and clothes
Or any other thing the world could impose
It's only full of what's pure as gold
To keep it safe from a world as cold
So when it opens it's sure as bold

Show me someone who will bring me to his town
Take me out and twirl me all around
Tell me he's so glad for what he's found
But don't ever make me put my suitcase down

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rapid I movement

In our first ever Byrd Word podcast, I read a poem to my son that was partially inspired by our bedtime reading and conversations. He has a lot to say about it.

You can share the podcast on twitter, facebook, email and more by sharing this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-byrd-word/id1337844620?mt=2&i=1000400263206

The links mentioned in the podcast are:

1) You've Changed, my first book of poetry, which can be found here: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/youve-changed-1

2) the fantastic and imaginative photography of National Geographic Award-winner Rodney Bursiel, which can be found here: https://rodneybursielphotography.com/

3) my song, Wild Ponies, from the album Cackalack. I recommend ordering the CD, which includes lyrics and a beautiful design by John Dixon; available here: http://www.waterbug.com/wordpress/product/cackalack/

You can listen to the song and download the album in the format of your choice, including full-quality WAVs, here: https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/cackalack

While you're on Bandcamp, you can browse my entire catalog including live shows and out-of-print records, and even order my life's work - 18 albums! - for $79.99.

You can read the poem 'rapid I movement' at http://typishly.com/2018/01/18/rapid-i-movement/ Thanks to typishly.com for featuring me this week.

Thanks so much for listening. See you next week. Your fan,

 

JByrd

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