Song 102 – Thoughtlets

By April 7, 2018Songs

This song was used as the music for Psalm 108. I love The Engines of Our Ingenuity, a NPR (National Public Radio) program started by Dr. John Lienhard at the University of Houston in 1988. Each program is a 5-minute summary of an innovation presented at 7:30 AM. So, I copied the format. My first effort was a poem, Prime Words, which was actually started before Engines on December 12th 1985 on a flight from Calgary to Houston. There were 19 copies of a 260-page book printed on March 1st of 1997. Page iii describes this work as “Thoughts about 979 entities (nouns), and their place as a foundation of language. A set of 791 (7*113) four-line stanzas, amateur poetry written for our children. Shared to demonstrate a portable electronic replacement for books: Eldo (Electronic Document) a solar-powered electronic hyperjournal.” There is a print of an original Ken Turner painting, words to several of my songs, as well as the 4-line stanzas in each chapter. Thus the concept of a hyperjournal. ELDO is also short for the word (DO or Document) of God (El or Elohim). Organized in seven chapters, the poem describes ways in which words, and their source, thoughts, affect our individual lives, mankind, and the universe. Few, if any of the ideas in the poem are original. I continue to capture stanzas from what people around me say, and typically add 3-10 stanzas to the collected work after a particularly touching sacrament meeting. There are 335 pages of 4-line stanzas in the active document put together after the first printing of Prime Words. Then on February 29th of 1995 I started the first of 566 daily Lovelets, or what was intended to be little love notes for Marti, in an unsuccessful attempt to convince her to stop talking about divorce. When it was obvious this effort was not accomplishing the goal, I started daily Thoughtlets for the kids. I continue to make notes summarizing each day on my daily swallow counting sheet – with the intention to go back and catch up or add to the Thoughtlets someday. This song is a singing of the titles of 621 weekly Thoughtlets to 2 guitar chord progressions. The length of the recording is 1 hour 21 minutes and 54 seconds, which was recorded in 1 setting on the second take. I do love my kids.

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