Praise already abounds for the poet that created this volume, so I won't bother adding to that - or taking away from it either! This book is an enigma; the cover catches your eye, with a backwards colored "manhole cover in a street" theme that seems to be metallic (gold) where it should be matte black and vice versa. Hmmm. Then picking up the slim volume, you find that the back cover listed the tracks,er...excuse me, the contents...and is headed with an invitation to visit a website to listen to the songs...I mean poems...Whatever!
This isn't a book jacket; it's a CD - but with opening the cover, you discover that it indeed is composed of words; there is not a note of melody to be heard. Now is the hard part. Reading these small gems of alphabetic construction before giving in to the temptation to just head directly to the website for a quick listen!
And reading the lyrics (After all, the title proclaims that it is "Rock Lyrics.") first is the correct thing to do, prior to heading for the computer or other magical device to access the website and the performed version of the written words. To be sure, I feel that the music, standing on its own would be very nice. But "The Word On The Street" manages to be something this is fresh and delightful. Ultimately, whether you enjoy the lyrics, or you enjoy the sound of the performance online, or you think either or both of them to be a waste of time, you have been drawn into a special place and you have, by your own volition, become a part of the creative process.
You have, in a way, become a poet or a creator of music lyrics and are now vastly more influential than you were just a few moments ago. A "Grammy" must surely follow! I have some experience in this very field, having been involved with "Rock "N' Roll" many, many years ago, as a studio musician, songwriter, music arranger, and, at times, singer. Even, more recently and briefly, a part-time costume and stage set designer and player of the synthesizer and the operator of the mixing board. And, I might add, a reviewer of records, tapes and CD's for many more years. Paul Muldoon has led you into a universe where you have become something that you were not before picking up this book!