whatever works

Pete Townshend
Who’s Who from The Who
Way Back When..

You know – Tommy?
1969?

The dude wasted some vinyl in the 80’s..

Let My Love Open the Door
Let My Love Open the Door
Let My Love Open the Door
Let My Love Open the Door

To Your Heart.

(And those are the best of the lyrics…)

When people keep repeating
That you’ll never fall in love
When everybody keeps retreating
But you can’t seem to get enough…

Let my love…

REALLY?

Maybe he was going for a
Lennon & McCartney
“All You Need is Love”… vibe
(though he’d never admit it)

Wrong.

Funky synth and a classic rock beat
Didn’t cut it for me,
But somehow…
It reached the Top Ten.

Oh, 1980.

I still don’t know
if any hearts were opened.
But he asked…
Quite insistently.
Repeatedly.

Let My Love Open the DAMN DOOR
To Your Heart.

Perhaps, what was needed

Was an Allen Wrench
Or a Phillips Screwdriver

Inventions so revolutionary
That you know the tools,
but not the men.

1909
W.G. Allen
patented his Hex Key.

I have a set of 8, from small to large
And 8 more
ALL THE SAME SIZE
From IKEA.

A kingdom built on someone else’s fiefdom.

Not theft –

Just Opportunity,
Timing,
And Some Swedish Sagacity.

The Phillips screw head
and later (????) the Phillips screwdriver
was invented by John P. Thompson in 1932

But was unable to sell it…

Let My Screw Fasten the Wood
Let My Screw Fasten the Wood
Let My Screw Fasten the Wood
Let My Screw Fasten the Wood

Nope.

Sold his idea…
His ingenuity…
to Phillips.

Sometimes that’s just how life goes.

If your love won’t open the door,

Sell the screw to someone smarter,
Or try a different tool.

Feel free to try some of mine.

I have a drawer full.


Finally, here’s our daily prompt (optional, of course!). It’s called “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen.

  • First, find a song with which you are familiar – it could be a favorite song of yours, or one that just evokes memories of your past. Listen to the song and take notes as you do, without overthinking it or worrying about your notes making sense.
  • Next, rifle through the objects in your junk drawer – or wherever you keep loose odds and ends that don’t have a place otherwise. (Mine contains picture-hanging wire, stamps, rubber bands, and two unfinished wooden spoons I started whittling four years ago after taking a spoon-making class). On a separate page from your song-notes page, write about the objects in the drawer, for as long as you care to.
  • Now, bring your two pages of notes together and write a poem that weaves together your ideas and observations from both pages.

My song choice was “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend, best known from the 60’s and 70’s as frontman for the British rock group, The Who. The song was an unfortunate solo release in 1980.

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