*Photo from World Poetry Canada International Advisor and beloved friend Dr. Hadaa Sendoo from Mongolia. He writes beautiful poetry in a yurt in the summer.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on June 28, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO 100.5 FM with the team of Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and host, Victor Swartzman , super tech and Sharon Rowe , special volunteer welcomed an e-Poem by Ahmad Al-Khatat.
He was born in Baghdad on May 8th. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of 10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem and Md Khalilur Rahman, a published poet from Dhaka, Bangladesh with a love poem. We also welcomed the wonderful and talented creators from three disciplines, animated poetry, Nick Curl, Jazz musician and educator, Scott Reeves with his new CD Jazz Orchestra’s Without a Trace . Media courtesy of Braitwaite and Katz .T he amazing actress Niketa Calame with her words of wisdom and answer to a young actor from Nigeria .
I am featuring each guest separately on this site to give them more exposure.
Earned a BSEE degree from University of Michigan in 1983.
Earned a MSEE degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.
Earned a MBA degree from Georgia State University in 1998.
After graduating from high school in 1975 I enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army I began to learn how to play the guitar. I never took music lessons so for a long time I didn’t understand how a songwriter wrote a song.
In 1978 I received an Honorable Discharge from the Army. I attended various universities and built a career in computer hardware/software design and test and held employment in various industries including Aeronautical, Telecommunications and Consumer Products. During this time my guitar remained mostly in its case but it was always in the back of my mind that writing songs was something I wanted to do.
I retired from engineering in 2014 and began to dabble in poetry and music. I began creating animated poems. Some of the poems may be useful for teaching children about relational concepts such as empathy, friendship and helping those in need.
I was able to find information on the internet about music theory. I downloaded diagrams that showed the guitar chords and notes for songs that I liked. I used the diagrams to play the songs and it sounded like it does on the radio. By studing the diagrams, I began to understand how songwriters used music theory to create their songs.
I now spend most of my free time creating music and animated poetry. I upload the poems and songs to my YouTube channel called nik-Vidz:
Still very much an amateur in both songwriting and poetry, I continue to seek out opportunities to connect with other like-minded people who share my interests in animation and music – two enjoyable areas of entertainment.”
They chirp and tweet, it’s their routine, like clockwork every morn.
It seems to me a symphony of whistles, flutes, and horns.
The songs they sing are quite unique, the tunes they play divine.
There’s something new, a twist or two, it’s different every time.
First one, then two, they all join in. Who orchestrates this band?
It’s what they say in their musical way that makes it all so grand.