When two songs fit together when played at the same time, music benders call it a “mash up.”  A simple form would be singing Amazing Grace to the tune of Gilligan’s Island.  It works, try it, you will be laughing by the time you’re done singing.  I love this kind of innovation, and I also love the fusion of different styles of music, like the orchestral arrangements of Michael Kamen, performed with the band Metallica in the recording S(ymphony) & M(etal).  

I’ve just heard a rumor that a limerick can be written as a pair of haiku.  I’m going to try this and see 1) if it’s true and 2) if I can do a work that respects both traditional forms.  So I would need both the humor of a limerick and the disciplined, ethereal respectfulness of the haiku.  Who else is brave enough to try with me?!



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