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William Scott Galasso

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Haiku of the Day for July 2023 features Guest Editor William Scott Galasso’s collection on the theme of  the Music and Memory. This is what Scott  has to say by way of introduction to this theme:

For the month of July, I chose to explore the relationship between Music and Memory. In what way does music inspire, leaving its imprint on our brains, hearts, spirituality, thus allowing us to celebrate nature and our place in it? What other art has the capacity to enrich our lives by soothing the “savage beast,” or energizing us to get up and dance? How many of us know of elders who could barely recall what they did on a given morning, yet they knew the lyrics and melodies of songs they heard decades ago? Only music provides the ability to express our deepest feelings and conversely recall what we were doing, when, and how in each moment (the very essence of haiku). Hence, music is more than mere entertainment, it’s an affirmation towards happier, healthier lives. Therefore, wide latitude is given in how the haiku express our connection through music. All of us are informed by what we hear in the natural world, and through the music we create with voice, and the instruments we play. May you all enjoy each day.

—William Scott Galasso

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  1. I remember that song well. one of the few (outside of the U.K.
    Ireland), and Sweden’s pop group Abba to have a hit in the U.S.
    There were a few others Hocus Pocus from the Moving Waves
    by Focus out of the Netherlands, ditto Radar Love from
    Golden Earring and Germany’s hard rockin’ Scorpions.

    scott

  2. nuclear winter
    I only count
    98 red balloons

    Alan Summers
    from the haibun “Coch Rhi Ben”
    Blithe Spirit February 2018

    I remember the song vividly, of a time when it was likely there’d be a nuclear holocaust, and even as recently as a year ago, I expected the UK and Ireland to suffer, and the risk is still high, for those places, and others.

    “99 Luftballons” (German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, “99 balloons”) is an anti-war protest song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons”, with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains somewhat different lyrics.[1]

    [1]
     “99 Red Balloons – interview with the writer, Kevin McAlea”. Eighty-eightynine. Retrieved 17 July 2014:
    http://www.eightyeightynine.com/music/99luftballoons-english.html

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