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"What Is A Song?"
A song is exactly like life...
except that in a song you don't brush your teeth
or go to the bathroom
or drop things
or watch a duck
or go to the store and they don't put the donuts you paid for in the bag
or tell somebody "bite me"
or look at a hole in your sock
or wonder if there's a monkey under your bed
or get bored or watch too much TV.
In a song people talk in rhyme,
and funny or sad things happen,
and there is often a point to it.
A song lasts three minutes.
Life lasts longer than three minutes.
In life you can listen to songs
but in a song you probably can't
unless it's about listening to some dumb song
that you can't get out of your head
like Teddy Bears' Picnic
when you're trying to watch Judge Judy.
Otherwise life is like a song.
Man is the only animal that can sing a song,
A song is life distilled
and then whittled down
until it's small enough to get in your ear.
Copyright © November 15, 2006 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission.