Treasure Island

Vincent Kuo

(04 April 1989)

Bossa Nova


Tak ts ts tak- ts tek
ts tak ts ts tak

Ting ting ts-tak
ting ts shk shk shk

The quiet tread, the peaceful walk
Of the Bossa Nova percussion talk
It seduces me!
The rhythmic maracas in no way rash
Softly shakes, and to a molten mash
It reduces me!

Tak ts ts tak- ts tek
ts tak ts ts tak
ting ting dum-ta-ratata

Shababaaaaaaam
ya yada yala baaaam
Shubibum baaam ya yada daaa...

My spine seems to melt as the voices sing
Melodic phrases with the gentle ting ting
It mesmerizes me!
The flute and piano decides to merge
With the ensemble soprano they converge
It appetizes me!

My heart yearns, the elusive desire!
The craving to have this inciting fire
It amazes me!
Then in a sudden jolt of syncopation
Begins a subdued-solo of vocal provocation
It dazes me!

Tahhn tuhhn bubaahn- tehhn tehhn

Emerges the nasal sound of Jobim, pulsating so duckishly
Beside the flawless chorale of Lady Astrud, so puckishly
It stirs me!
The nylon chords on the guitar to improvise
Vibrates and resonates in fuzzy reprise
It blurs me!

Chum Chum ChaChum
Shk ting shk ratata...

It blurs me…

It blurs me away...

It chauffeurs me away...

Submitted: Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Being a great fan of Bossa Nova music, I cannot help but attempt to share the magical experience, of listening to the Masters of Bossa Nova. I have employed lots of onomatopoeias in the poem as an attempt to generate the rhythms and sounds of Bossa Nova. I'd like to create and inspire some sense of appreciation once again for this exquisite, somewhat elusive, Jazz genre, which regrettably has nowadays been diminished to nothing more than elevator music. To say the least, Bossa Nova is absolute ecstasy for me to play and listen. I only hope this poem does the music justice. Perhaps it would help to read the poem with some beautiful Bossa Nova:

http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=sHpWeaEIIC4
http: //www.sky.fm/play/bossanova

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  • Adeline Foster (7/3/2012 4:14:00 PM)

    I too tried to write to the musical chant of Danny Boy. No way did I do it justice as this peice. Read mine - O Dearse Love -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Pheko Motaung (6/6/2012 12:23:00 PM)

    Marvelous outstanding musical descriptions are beautifully strewn all over this soulful fantastic poem! You're out of this world! Very impressive.Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (5/24/2012 5:34:00 PM)

    Wow, you must have a musical soul, so much described, I can almost hear the music, a lovely poem. (Report) Reply

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