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February 12, 2011 / John Sieger

Shakespeare III

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Tonight I’m scheduled to sing a few songs at “Play On,” a fundraiser for for Shakespeare In The Park sponored by Optimist Theater. Even a Shakespeare illiterate like me would be familiar with the quote, “If music be the food of love, play on!” I expect to be the only performer with a song that might be considered bard-related. My song poses the question, “Is it nature or nurture that produces talent?” If Bill had a son or a grandson inclined to write sonnets and plays, would he even have come close? I guess it was inspired by second generation music stars like Jakob Dylan, Sean and Julian Lennon and Ziggy Marley. All of them are talented and none are destined to surpass their dads in the field of music. Think about this. In the first place, why would you want to put yourself in the position of following a legend? If you have some success, it will always be suspected that some favors were called in. Why not swim in what has to be a massive inherited revenue stream like Scrooge McDuck III? There is no doubt these performers have the charm and charisma genes—just look at them. If they can inherit that, who’s to say the music part wasn’t passed along. It’s odd to think that the positive nurturing influence of a privileged life, might be the very thing that interferes with second-generation dreams. Is it better to slug it out six hours a night, six nights a week in Hamburg or to be raised in the relative wealth and comfort of a rock star home? This song of course, tackles none of these questions seriously. It’s only a song and would have laid in a drawer if I didn’t have this gig. The old demo fell short and when I tried again this week, I kept it simple. Now I kind of like it… hope you do too!

© 2011 John Sieger



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  1. Jill / Feb 13 2011 2:55 pm

    I really enjoyed your performance last night at Play On!

    • John Sieger / Feb 13 2011 4:17 pm

      Thanks, that was really fun!

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