On Music: Ode to Dolores

These stay-at-home days offer lagoons of time to hang out together and to reflect.  Music has been a big part of many people’s home-based, pandemic days.

Grooves connect us.  The classical radio station, for some, may soothe. Listening to the radio can enlarge.  For me, many mornings begin again with jazz favorites, like Cookin’ by Miles Davis, Whisper Not by Keith Jarrett, and of course, Coltrane’s Love Supreme, which opens with a trumpet waking up.

What music means: Imagine a flower with a million petals.  Each petal is someone’s taste, boogie-down, dreamy escape, vibe.

In 2018— was it really three years ago! — rock singer Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries died from unknown causes.  She’d not been well, it appears.  For me, she was an iconic and brave singer, fierce with honesty.

Simultaneous Revolutions is a forthcoming poetry pamphlet from PM Press, by myself and Marcus Colasurdo, set for 2021.  This sequence dances with music as a recurrent subject and theme.  It has a poem dedicated to Dolores O’Riordan, which celebrates her music and its power.  I share:


Can a woman loosen what’s hoped

so our hearts jam out in the open? 

Can she sing past what’s spoken

in the humdrum until

it’s unbroken

so our best intent’s

again in motion

like Dolores O’Riordan

of The Cranberries,

and how she shared

her emotions, a pugnacious Aphrodite

from some island hamlet

onto the world stage

until fate reclaimed its minute.

Yes, an emerald dazzler

who strutted and solo’d

to where conscience dares

and took us with her

so our pulses merged

into mirrors and made

a second family. 

G. H. Mosson and Marcus Colasurdo are the authors of Heart X-rays (PM Press 2018) and of several books in their individual names.  Their next collaboration of lyric poems is forthcoming from PM Press in 2021, Simultaneous Revolutions.  For more, click here.

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