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I'll write a poem every day, might be tiny but it'll be complete.


The scratch band's practising 'Rio', dry Mike Nesmith's swingingest song. Maka wants it calypso, Dave can you syncopate the cajon? That bass is relentless, she grumbles but Alan scowls, refuses to change the groove: the original's perfection – dancing funky lines through a nonstop party, luscious backing vocals and a plaintive slide, through silly flight announcement snippets, clinking glasses, laughing, yells, a jokey video, sublime sweet 70s delight. A winter chill's on the Saturday morning market, coffee, muffin, mandarin scents mingle with our ragged version's sunny chords and a few smiling people sing along: tonight I probably won't fly down to Rio but then again, I just might.

Day 16 Sonnet for a 40-year-old song

It's taken me a long time to appreciate this song. Plus, it's time I went to Rio.