Typewriter Rodeo: Texas Music

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By David FruchterNovember 24, 2017 10:45 am,

To make the kinds of music that gets made in Texas, someone must write it. That’s where it all starts. Could be heartfelt words of love, longing or anger. Or it could be a great tune that gets the people moving on the dance floor.

Texas Music

a state as wide as anything

space to become lost

to travel down a lonesome road

and never count the cost

maybe that’s why musicians

dot the land like stars

each a burning beacon

of solitude and scars

it takes time and loneliness

to truly court the Muse

to make yourself a vessel

for the Great What Is to use

but that’s just the beginning

a song is like a seed

for it to grow and blossom

it’s people that you need

with open hearts and open ears

and time to listen close

that’s the bread that music needs

to feed the hungry ghost

and we have plenty…

in Texas


Produced by Laura Rice.