Music Performance on Songmakers CD: “Tune Town”

I joined Songmakers organization in 1987. Music has always been an important part of my life. A multi-instrumentalist, the following link is a fun recording of the cut I made in 2004 accompanied by Vic Brandriff and Steve Durfee on a Songmakers' CD: "Tune Town:" To learn more about the wonderful Songmakers organization, its history, and venues, click…

Memoir Poem: A Letter to My Art Teacher — and Some 6th-8th Grade Artwork

Civilization is social order supporting cultural creativity.Will Durant The picture below elicited the following poem: "A Lyrical-Letter to My Art Teacher." NOTE: As a youngster, I always got an "A" on my Art work. But was worried I would end up with a "B" on the picture you see above, because I had to erase a…

Bio Ballad of a Cult Survivor: My Bio in Verse, for Better or Worse

Circa 1956: My family (I'm 2nd from left, middle row) Bio Ballad of a Cult Survivor:My Bio in Verse, for Better or Worse(by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron) 1-  I was born some time agoWay out in the sticksIn a Mormon cult in Mexico In nineteen forty-sixBy the time I was elevenWe were a family of twelveFor everything…

“Painted Spring:” Take-off from Spanish Traditional Song “De Colores”

A Lesson Too Late In The Learning: Write It or Regret It Recently, at the California Writers Club, a fellow poet and guest speaker, Deborah Edler Brown, advised: "At the moment of inspiration, record it. Don't wait! For it's like babies lost you can never retrieve if you don't record your inspiration when it comes."…

Pt 34-P: Benjamin F. Johnson’s Bro, Joel Johnson: Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

Famous Poet, Pioneer, and Mormon Hymn Writer, my G.G.-Uncle Joel H. Johnson, Brother of BFJ While growing up, Mother talked about her amazing Great-grandfather B.F. Johnson -- amazing not only because he was one of the American West's and Mormondom's early pioneer heroes (he helped forge the last frontier, Utah); but also because he figured…

Review of the California Writers Club Anniversary Anthology, “Cascade of Pearls”

  Ode to The California Writers Club: The California Writers Club is our oyster,  And writers the pearls polished within her. Stephany Spencer  2016   2016 marked the 30th anniversary -- The Pearl Anniversary of The California Writers Club: San Fernando Valley Branch. For thirty years, This club's been our "oyster" ranch,  And we members Pearls growing within her dance, Polishing…

Pretty City Chic: A Bit o’ Bio in Verse

Stephany Spencer-LeBaron, age 38  Pretty City Chic Dearest friends and fans,Please note: This tongue-in-cheek song I wrote  Is half-finished so I don't gloat,But pray my poem won’t get your goat; It's late -- blog's due “mañana;” Check the song later on ... uh ... You'll find it's been “re-wrote”... "Needs work" is my last quote. But please enjoy…

Notes, Quotes, Jokes; Pokes, ‘n’ Anecdotes

Bimbo Weeps:  I'm sittin' alone in the moonlight, At the Heartbreak Hotel Café, Abandoned by women and men; And here's all I have to say: “I’ll never eat garlic nor onions again -- Not till my dying day --They've driven my possible friends away, Kept romance and intimacy at bay!"By Stephany Spencer BIG LOVE Bimbo…

Original Quotes, Notes, ‘n’ Anecdotes on Writing ‘n’ Creativity

Stephany Spencer, age 20, taken off guard Hi! I am Stephany Spencer, Poet, Lyricist, Memoirist, and Musician -- a professional Jackalin-of-many-trades. And a retired teacher on her endless summer. Welcome to my own little corner of the world-wide-web!  As we speak, my fledgling Website continues to grow as I continue to develop the skills of a Webmaster, Blogger, and Photoblogger.…

Website in Metamorphosis

Website in Metamorphosis   Hi: It's now October 17, 2018. Since I started this blog June 27, 2016, my Website continues to metamorph ... to change and develop as I experiment with what speaks to me.  I've decided to concentrate on writing my Memoir, rather than spend time editing and typing my handwritten poetry, prose, quotes, and…

Ode to Chava Chavarin and the Tres Camarones Team

Tres Camarones/Three Shrimp Dr. Luis Alberto Urrea’s audiobook Into the Beautiful North inspired the following lyrics: Ode to Chava Chavarin*and the Tres Camarones Teamby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron Hey!What's in a name?I can't say;but the moniker“Chava Chavarin”rings in my brain today,though I completedthe novel yesterday.Like music in rain,This sonorous name motivated my muse to pen poems for play!So…

Poem: “Advice for Creatives”

"Part of the reason that people don’t become enlightened is because it’s punctuated by intermittent catastrophes."WordToTheWise Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."An axiom DARE, DEAR CREATIVES, DARE!by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."Creatives can onlypresent works to the world... see their originations unfurled,if they dare---dare to fail, in order to dare do…

Essay-Poem: “John Cage and Composing”

Avant-garde composer John Cage said: "The material of music is sound and silence. Integrating these is composing." We could say:The material of poetryis sound and silence;  syllables and silence. Integrating these is composing --albeit poetry.  We could compose music and poems that go together; i.e., compose songs: Songs are poems--lyrics set to music. Now I morph into a poem that…