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Livingston Taylor Live

by Jean L. Kreiling

(Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, MA, July 2010)

As lean and blameless as a farm boy, wearing
a plain white shirt and khakis, his guitar
held close but lightly, he might just be sharing
a tale or two with old pals at a bar.
But no, he’s on a stage; he sings to us,
a crowd drawn by our hunger for a fix
of laid-back Livingston. Just Liv — no fuss,
no needless noise, no pyrotechnic tricks,
just casually agile fretwork paired
with that brushed-denim voice. A bit of patter,
then songs of ease and trouble, love declared
and lost, old friends and other things that matter —
and while he sings, no blame or trouble weighs
more than the air of Carolina Days.

Jean L. Kreiling is a Professor of Music at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Her poems have been published in The Evansville Review, The Formalist, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Mezzo Cammin, Think, and elsewhere; she has twice been a finalist for both the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the Dogwood Poetry Prize. Her interdisciplinary essays on music and poetry have appeared in academic journals including Ars Lyrica  and Mosaic.

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Pat Jones
Published 23 August 2011