Thursday, August 13, 2015

John McDonald

This evening I would like to welcome the Scottish poet John McDonald to The Song Is... and to thank Angelee Deodhar for directing him here.  She also created the visual setting for his words.

Let's start with John's haibun and Angelee's image for Miles Davis.  It is better to click on these visuals so that you can read John's words more easily.

Enjoy some "Bad Penny Blues," a haibun about jazz in Glasgow.

Let's shift gears with "Wrapped in the West Wind" and the other poems below.

One of my husband's friends from Purdue was an advocate of Hemingway's writing.  I wonder what he would make of this haibun.

This is the time to think of the ocean.

I'll conclude with John's haiku.

wind through
the refugee camp  -
orchestra of bones

Let's play some Miles Davis here.

My husband plays the recording of "Green Dolphin Street" quite often:

This is the Miles Davis Quintet's version of Monk's "Well You Needn't":

His "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" starts off Steamin':

It's time to be Relaxin' with "If I Were a Bell":

I'll finish with "It Never Entered My Mind" from Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet:


  1. Dear John and Angelee,

    What a amazing creative experience. Thank you for sharing your talents for this collaborative venture. Congratulations on your publication!


  2. Thank you so much Karen,love and light,angelee

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    1. Dear Angelee and John,

      My pleasure! Keep your creative gifts shining.


  4. Awesome writing....such powerful expressions - my congratulations to the talented John Mcdonald & dear Angelee. As Karen says, "Keep your creative gifts shining" - they bring much joy!