Treasure Island

Benjamin Michael Clark

(06/22/90 / Mattydale, NY)

Can You Kick It?


Every dude thinks
They’re a DJ these days-

Scratch the record with their hand-

Play a song on command-

But what do you really know about making beats? 

Try taking a seat on my throne-

Bust a beat on my drum set-
Let me tell you-


You won’t feel like the king after that-

It’s easy to press play & sit back-
Mix songs that sound good together-

But you don’t know about Dynamics-


About when to play heavy
& When to play as light as a feather-

You don’t know how to keep time

While the guitar cries

& The vocalist sings-

Piano keys tippy-toe
Over

The sound of your high hat-

No-You don’t know about that-

About when the room shakes

& The bass is your bride
& You’re its groom-


You don’t know how it really feels

To Make Beats-
Until you take the throne-

& Make groovin' music-


See people movin' their feet
To a beat that you created-

No, You don’t know what it

Really means to kick it-

Submitted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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A young musician's frustration over what is considered 'Good Music' these days. The anger is mostly towards DJ's who just hop on a turntable and learn it in a week. Suddenly, they're famous and they're making a living off of something anyone can do. To really be a great musician you need to spend years working with your instrument and suffering through a lot of negative criticism until you finally make it Big.

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  • Karen Sinclair (5/17/2013 2:52:00 AM)

    Emotion oozes from this piece....it seems as ever its not what you know, its who you know, , , which is total poop (being super polite here...the bride and groom part enforced just how much you feel for your craft...ty karen (Report) Reply

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