The Art of Music, a poem written by Mike Turner at

The Art of Music

The Art of Music

written by: Mike Turner


Heartache and despair
Give rise to the blues
Longing gives us country
With its three chords and the truth

Add some gospel phrasing
You get R&B and soul
Set it to a backbeat
And it’s birthed as rock and roll

Play the notes discordant
It’ll come to us as jazz
Pluck banjo, bass, and fiddle
And it’s lonesome, high bluegrass

Brass with strings and woodwinds
Will combine in symphony
Stripped down to acoustic
Then folk is its pedigree

Hip-hop, rap, and reggae
Instrumentals, song
Each has its place amongst us
And to all of us belong

They say that the world’s music
Is perhaps our oldest art
But no matter genre, music
Is the language of our hearts

Mike Turner

Mike Turner

Mike Turner is a songwriter and poet living on the US Gulf Coast. Named 2017 Male Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the North America Country Music Associations International, Mike’s original songs have received airplay in the US, UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and on the US Armed Forces Radio Network. He is co-founder of Music For World Peace Records, an indie record label specializing in original songs that promote world peace and oppose war. Mike’s poetry has been published in numerous print and on-line journals and anthologies; his first published poem was placed with Spillwords in 2019. Mike’s debut poetry collection, “Visions and Memories,” was published in July 2021 by Sweetycat Press and is available in select bookstores and on Amazon.
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