17 Jul 2016

Chancing it

I’ve taken risks before and I will keep taking them after thorough contemplation.

I’m not one to hurtle myself down a path on a whim. This has not to do with any misplaced or inflated sense of entitlement. It relates to opportunity, ability and justification. I’ve rode on the crest of waves, descended into the chaos of uncertainty and traversed the turbid paths of fluctuating eddies. They certainly did keep us on our feet and preoccupied. However if it is what I’m made for, the prospects good and the rewards equitable, then it is time to ride on the cusp of change and revel to the edges of fortune’s wide grin.

Enquire within, “ What have I got to lose?” If it is “Nothing” or "Little", then why not immerse in it as long as you’re able. Even so, keep the back-up plan and provisions on standby. 

10 Jul 2016

Vouch for your own work by rendering it

For compositions involving rendering of written material such as text meant as part of a video voice-over, the composition of text communication is such that the work will have to adhere to the arrangement of a another medium, such as graphical display, musical score and time frame allocated for a particular sequence. For spoken communication, the best form of a test run is the author rendering the written work within the said time frame. From test runs, editing performed wherever applicable, ensures a smoother enunciation of syllables and words from the perspective of the party that is supposed to render the item for the final version. That is a practical method to vouch for your own work. Often just between the four walls and myself, the conclusion is obvious. It is I who had to determine the suitability and practical aspects of my own compositions by rendering it myself before turning it over to the client, which I’ve done so.

Private to public

The platform that enables us to present our works and our thoughts to the world is a matter that has to be considered carefully. When you’re working on an item, poring over it, polishing it until you’re totally satisfied with the outcome, it is a private endeavour. Whatever that happened hitherto is confined to yourself or perhaps a limited number of witnesses if at all.

However, when it is released and made known to the world, it is a very public spectacle. When you make a mistake in private, it remains so. When it remains undetected, for some reason, and ends up being posted to the outside world, it becomes a very public mistake. Do not take it lightly even if it is your private weblog or website. It is still accessible by almost anyone and everyone. We’ve all made mistakes. Even so, let us minimise them as best as we can. 

1 Jul 2016

Heart of poetry

Poetry in its purest sense is when subject matter is presented through a tight arrangement celebrating rhyme, rhythm, syllable count and expression of subject matter by utilising a fitting display of word choice and placement. For critical appreciation of poetry, the basics such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, assonance and rhythm are considered. Others such as twist of speech, symbolism, literary and figurative meanings are also considered even though not every element mentioned is necessarily incorporated in every poem.

It is the competent poet who composes with a musical ear for words and in well framed verses.  That is the celebrated heights of poetry. Should that poetry be turned into song depends on its suitability with a piece of music should one exist as the ideal match. The very idea that poetry should mainly be expressed in rhyme form is expressed in rhyme through my own composition.

Bring back the Rhyme

Have we lost our taste for rhyme?
Woven lines succinct, sublime?
Reduced to moving the heart
With words & sounds formed apart?

How ought are we to preserve?
Wherein we do not observe?
Has rhyme being consigned…
Outlaw, outcast, crime?

Times they have greatly turned
Left us fragments of bridges burned
Have we lost the hallowed heart?
That forms the soul of our art?

Composed by Dominae Primus. 
All rights reserved.
Published in Daily Doses & Vital Verses
ISBN 978-967-5785-030

Free verse and relations

Almost anyone can write free verse if they are indeed inspired put words on paper. 
When you string the very best free verses together, you get beautiful prose or prose with poetic overtones.
I’ve written prose. I then broke them into selected fragments and thereby transforming the composition into free verse. Perhaps what I’ve done was extreme but it did reinforce my point. Conversely, I’ve also composed free verse without prior composition of prose. Free verse is closer in style to prose or in its simpler, direct form, closer to spoken communication.

Chicken and egg, lyrics and music

Lyrics and music is like a chicken and egg question. For some the music comes before words. For others, words before music. There is no definite formula that works for everyone. It doesn’t matter which comes first. As long the as final result is a captivating piece of music and words, the composition has achieved its intention.

28 Jun 2016

Making the best out of what we are given.

Would I say that I go where the wind takes me? If that is so I wouldn’t have progressed to this point.
I was not dealt the most ideal of circumstances or the pick of opportunities. It’s making the best of situations that have enabled me to survive, eating lots of humble pie and sweating to make a living in the process. There isn’t much that anyone can tell me about suffering for art or anything else that drives you. 

I’ve made the best of what was dished out to me by making do, then expanding more than what was expected, sometimes even surprising myself.
I’m here now reaching out to readers and communicating to them in a language that they understand even though we come from diverse geographical regions and also having a track record of work that can be cross referenced in my name. The nature of work that I could only dream about when I was starting to appreciate words on magical pages years ago. That’s a decent haul by any standards.

Ethnicity has nothing to do with it.

Stop equating ethnicity with abilities or propensities. It is discriminatory, presumptuous and pandering to badly constructed clich├ęs. Worse still is the practice of reinforcing those ill conceived beliefs. 

Perhaps those who think so come from tightly regulated, homogeneous and highly insular communities, where contact and exposure to diversity had been minimal.

Why should our abilities be dictated by ethnicity?
Why should our interests be dictated by ethnicity?
Why should patterns of thought be dictated by ethnicity? 

If humanity were to be so easily measured, then we’d all turn out according to a scripted and predetermined outcome. However, existing and existence is a lot more unpredictable and far more complex than that.