Modern Poetry Edition #41, (It's a Theme Theme #2)


Oh boy, what a week.  The ole TV Theme Theme is losing steam.  Down from many votes last week, this week's themes gathered "only" 16, darn respectable in a normal week.

Now that the pollsters are researching everything about the MP, we have these facts: 

1 vote each for Three's Company and Facts of Life.  Only female voters went for Mary Tyler Moore theme "Love is All Around"  and only male voters (plus Lindsey) voted for Married With Children theme "Love and Marriage."  Hmmm.  So which poem is the crossover smash, able to curry favor with moderate voters of both genders?  You know it.  It's Chico and the Man by Jose Feliciano.  Four ladies and two fellas marked it up for Chico.  Holly J., I mean Holly M., I hope you have a renewed faith in the MP masses. 

Yes way, Jose!  Welcome to the Modern Poetry's highest honor, the MPulitzer, our 41st awarded prize.  No, there is no cash prize to go with it.  But we're glad to have you.

Congrats to all the worthy nominations and thanks to the voters.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Be sure to acknowledge your thankfulness for the free poetry you have received this year.

One Final Note.  Our annual pledge drive is starting soon.  Did I say pledge drive?  I meant membership drive.  If you know a person of questionable taste, twisted insight, a short attention span, and ample idle time on their hands, then chances are good you know the next contestant on the Modern Poetry.  Or at least a potential voter.  Anyway, just send me the name and email address of any new members you'd like to nominate.  The qualifications are few and the hazing ritual has been toned down quite a bit in recent months.  Someone needs to send me Stephanie and Alan's emails.  Or if it is easier for you, just write the names and addy's on the back of an authentic 60's or 70's Van Morrison concert poster and drop it by Club 466.

--Sean

Modern Poetry #41 {Themes is the Theme #2}
[11/10/05]
The Facts of Life by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring
   & Al Burton (The Facts of Life)
Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
   (w/b Cahn and Van Heusen) (Married With Children)
**Chico and the Man by Jose Feliciano (Chico and the Man)
Love is All Around by Paul Williams (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
Three's Company by Don Nicholl and Joe Raposo (Three's Company)

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See, it's like this...

Seven votes are in and that ain't enough.

First, look here: http://www.macdart.com/mp/mp_041.htm 

Then, vote it up, flip it, rub it down...

By Thursday or so, if you please, Sat. at latest.

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Steve, isn't that a little over-harsh? 3's Company and the Facts of Life are a wee bit better'n *awful*, and MTM, Chico and Frank's entry are really pretty good, IMO. Steve you might not be old enough (in MP years) to remember, but this selection below got many votes once (in MP#3):

Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue
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La la la
La la la la la
La la la
la la la la la

I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy it`s more than I dare 2 think about

La la la
La la la la la

I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy it`s more than I dare 2 think about
Every nite
Every day
Just 2 B there in your arms
Won`t U stay
Won`t U lay
Stay 4ever and ever and ever and ever

La la la
La la la la la
La la la
La la la la la

I just can't get U out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can't get U out of my head
Boy it's more than I dare 2 think about
There's a dark secret in me
Don't leave me locked in your heart
Set me free
Feel the need in me
Set me free
Stay 4ever and ever and ever and ever

La la la
La la la la la
La la la
La la la la la

I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can`t get U out of my head
boy it`s more than I dare 2 think about
I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy your loving is all I think about
I just can`t get U out of my head
Boy it`s more than I dare 2 think about

-----Original Message-----
From: steve [mailto:steve@corlews.com]
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 3:26 PM
To: Sean MacDermant; et al
Subject: Re: Modern Poetry Edition #41, (It's a Theme Theme #2)

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Sean MacDermant <seanmac@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 10:24:22 -0600

>OK, TV Babies, how 'bout a little votin'?
> Steve, Jay, Jason, Traci of the hobbled email, Dan, Kim, etc. what say ye?

I'm voting "none of the above" - not from apathy and not from thinking that my vote doesn't count, but from the intensely held belief that all of these are awful. I thought perhaps reading them aloud might improve my opinion, but now my ears hurt.

Can you please subtract one vote from each of these choices? How many would then end with a negative total?

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Hello Lads and Lassies,

You are in for a treat. I am going to shut up, and just bring the Modern Poetry. Just a few salient facts before I let you to this here Modern Poetry, the 41st in the series.

Joe Raposo of the 3's Company theme, has already penned one nomination, the strong, "Bein' Green" by Kermit the Frog and sung by VTM (that's Van The Man Morrison, if you don't know). And Paul "Love is all around" Williams has been in once too. He was one of Buddy Holly's Crickets!

Chico was played by Freddie Prinze Sr., who, for you youngsters, started the latin invasion back in '73 or something. And that was so long ago that "The Man" was kind of cool back then.

Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring became TV stars in their own rights. Alan on some really crappy 80's shows and Gloria on Days of Our Lives. Like sands through the hourglass...

Read, react, enjoy, and vote. You've got about a week or so.

--Sean



The Facts of Life by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring
& Al Burton (The Facts of Life)
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You take the good, you take the bad,
you take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

There's a time you got to go and show
You're growin' now you know about
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

When the world never seems
to be livin up to your dreams
And suddenly you're finding out
the Facts of Life are all about you, you.

It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning the Facts of Life. (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life.

Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
(w/b Cahn and Van Heusen) (Married With Children)
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Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You canít have one without the other

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Itís an institute you canít disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say itís elementary

Try, try, try to separate them
Itís an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You canít have one without the other

Chico and the Man by Jose Feliciano (Chico and the Man)
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Chico, don't be discouraged,
The Man he ain't so hard to understand.
Chico, if you try now,
I know that you can lend a helping hand.

Because there's good in everyone
And a new day has begun
You can see the morning sun if you try.

And I know, things will be better
Oh yes they will for Chico and the Man
Yes they will for Chico and the Man.

Love is All Around by Paul Williams (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
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Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you're all alone
But it's time you started living
It's time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all

Three's Company by Don Nicholl and Joe Raposo (Three's Company)
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Come and knock on our door.....
We've been waiting for you......
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
Three's company too.

Come and dance on on our floor......
Take a step that is new.....
We've a loveable space that needs your face,
Three's company too.

You'll see that life is a frolic and laughter is calling for you......
Down at our rendez-vous,
Three's company, too!!!!!!