One Man, One Mouth

Gene Shinozaki

Gene Shinozaki

The prompt at OctPoWriMo today took me down one of my favorite creative pathways. While I may not be entirely “spot on” with my interpretation, a suggestion to use sound to inspire poetry immediately took me into the world of music. With the recent rise in popularity of a cappella vocal groups, I’ve become fascinated by the rhythms behind the sounds. Yes, I am speaking of the human beatbox. My favorite example of amazing rhythms behind incredible vocals is the winner of season 3 of The Sing Off – Pentatonix. Their bass Avi Kaplan and their beatbox Kevin Olusola are incredible talents. Here’s their most recent video release:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9XQ2MdNgKY

This Australian man is worth checking out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZBSZD16cY

But I digress. We’re here for a poem today, aren’t we? Ok. Fine. Focus, Amy… This is the beatboxer that I wanted to feature and my poem is inspired by the performance of Gene Shinozaki in the video below. My apologies in advance for the guaranteed rhythmical errors. This is merely an interpretation. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeV2eIgCUz8

LEVEL ONE

Kick bass b-b-b-b

High hat ts-ts-ts-ts

Snare drum pf-pf-pf-pf

In rhythm now

b-b-pf-b-b-b-pf-ts

b-b-pf-b-b-b-pf-ts

b-b-pf-b-b-b-pf-ts

b-b-pf-b-b-b-pf-ts

LEVEL 2

Try this puh-puh-puh-puh

Now add pf-pf-pf-pf

Mix in ish-ish-ish-ish

In rhythm now

b-b-puh-pf-ish-pf-b-b-b-puh-puh-pf-pf-ish-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-pf-ish-pf-b-b-b-puh-puh-pf-pf-ish-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-pf-ish-pf-b-b-b-puh-puh-pf-pf-ish-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-pf-ish-pf-b-b-b-puh-puh-pf-pf-ish-ish-pf-ts

LEVEL THREE

Just add click-click-click-click

In rhythm now

b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-click-b-b-b-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-click-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-click-b-b-b-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-click-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-click-b-b-b-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-click-ish-pf-ts

b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-click-b-b-b-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-click-ish-pf-ts

LEVEL 4

Drop the bass oof-oof-oof-oof

In rhythm now

oof-b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-oof-click-b-b-b-oof-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-oof-click-b-b-b-oof-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-oof-click-b-b-b-oof-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-b-puh-click-pf-ish-pf-oof-click-b-b-b-oof-click-puh-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-click-ish-pf-ts

LEVEL FIVE

One more thing ah-ah-ah-ah

In rhythm now

oof-b-ah-b-puh-ah-click-pf-ish-ah-pf-oof–ah-click-b-ah-b-b-oof-ah-click-puh-ah-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-ah-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-ah-b-puh-ah-click-pf-ish-ah-pf-oof–ah-click-b-ah-b-b-oof-ah-click-puh-ah-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-ah-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-ah-b-puh-ah-click-pf-ish-ah-pf-oof–ah-click-b-ah-b-b-oof-ah-click-puh-ah-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-ah-click-ish-pf-ts

oof-b-ah-b-puh-ah-click-pf-ish-ah-pf-oof–ah-click-b-ah-b-b-oof-ah-click-puh-ah-puh-pf-click-pf-ish-oof-ah-click-ish-pf-ts

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5 thoughts on “One Man, One Mouth

  1. Holy crap this was OFF THA CHAIN! Ok, I seriously tried to “read” it out loud and my dogs left the room. I suppose I will never be a rapper 🙂 You are my beatboxing hero.

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