Hello friends and welcome back to Word Garden Word List after our collective Christmas break! Let other prompt sites continue to slumber and laze, we are ready to write!
As the old year wanes, my mind turned to thoughts of the many marvelous people we lost in 2022. One of these was Procol Harum lead man Gary Brooker, famous for the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale.' The song is unique in many respects, not least of which are its Bach-like organ lines, Gary Brooker's weathered, weary-sounding singing, and the intelligent, poetic lyrics by this week's featured writer, lyricist Keith Reid.
I had not realized that Gary Brooker didn't write the intriguing lyrics for his band's songs; this was done by Keith Reid, who--like poet Peter Brown with Cream--was not a playing member of the band he wrote lyrics for, but whose words left an indelible impression when heard. As regards the famous "Whiter Shade of Pale", Reid has said that he heard someone saying to another person at a party, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale." The rest, as they, say, is history. Furthermore, name me another pop song that references Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale." Bubblegum this is not.
What we do here is to take at least 3 of the 20 words I've taken from the lyrics of Keith Reid and use them in a new original poem of your own. Then link up, visit others, and bask in a smug feeling of stellar accomplishment!
And now, your list!