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Mighty Wurlitzer

The music played the voice of yesterday,
old silent films of black and white.
When dialogue replaced by score;
the “Mighty Wurlitzer” delights.
The Maestro armed with paper photoplay;
piano, organ, and cue sheet.
Told us effects and moods to feel –
stage movie actors felt complete.
Composed original scores proudly sang,
strong epic music to enhance.
The lover’s build-up ‘till the kiss,
film’s end finality sweet embrace.
As Hollywood of silent era roars;
employment of musicians soars.
The “talkies” popularized film –
creating music by the scores!
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
Image source: Mighty Wurlitzer
Google image – Gish and Barthelmess – Broken Blossoms
submitted to dVerse prompt for Silent  Movie Era

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  1. September 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    smiles. so much emphasis was put on just the right music as it certainly set the tone and mood of the film…like another unseen actor on the stage….nice write…

    • September 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Even today, the music can make a movie or documentary. I always am aware of the music being played. Especially when impeding doom approaches. :)
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  2. September 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Love the photos and the epic music showcased in your poem. It’s wonderful to see all the original directions that people take the prompt – a testament to the interesting prompt and the great poets that join in at dVerse.

    • September 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Anna! dVerse is filled with wonderful writers as yourself. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  3. September 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Are you a film-maker, film buff or cinema expert?

    • September 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      zongrik, I grew up in the industry, Surrounded by people on and off screen. I could see the Hollywood sign going to school.
      Funny you should ask.

  4. September 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    A lovely poem about a fabulous era, the beginning of mass entertainment. I do like your rhyming verse, but sometimes wonder if the rhyme is wagging the dog – the 4th line of your first stanza: ‘ played right ‘ – you have used right to rhyme with white, even though it is ungrammatical (right is an adjective and played, being a verb, needs an adverb) I hope you don’t mind my saying what I feel.

    • September 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Viv, I am always welcoming comments such as this~! I took a look and changed the word. Thank you for your interest! Much love!

  5. September 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    music elicits such emotion. I started playing meditation music as background noise in my house and all of the sudden my kids were playing quietly, not fighting, not bugging me – it was quite amazing as it is in both silent films and modern day films. I enjoyed your take on the prompt, thanks!

  6. September 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Ohhh YES! YES! I had forgotten all about these!
    Didn’t the musician play live in the theaters while
    the movie played silently, until they put the sound
    in the films? IDK. Great write and descriptive I
    thought I was there. Plus love the pic at the
    end quite a perfect ending!

  7. September 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love the poem and the photos are perfect to accent the poem’s message.

    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  8. September 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    A nostalgic look at the beginning of the marriage between movies and music. I once went to a silent movie revue where there was a pianist playing along. It was marvelous. Once immersed into the movie, I forgot there was a musician working up a sweat to keep the audience in sync with the action.

    • September 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      The power of music! It has become a science now. When watching movies, pay attention to the music and what is being played, then imagine no music…rather full then.

      Good to see you Mike

  9. September 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I love the poem, it sings, to a nice music too.

  10. September 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Yes, music is important to the movie production. Without it, the emotional undertones and mood are not so vividly felt. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. September 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    hi… nice to meet you here. I always thought it was funny to call them silent movies when they weren’t… because the music was doing so much of the talking. Music/conductor “Told us effects and moods to feel .” Like that one… and thanks for your kind words. =)

  12. September 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Love the poem, love the photos…both took me on a trip back in time :)

  13. Laurie Kolp
    September 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

    You lured me in with the rhythm/music and held my attention throughout…

  14. September 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This poem has a classical air about it, so fitting for the subject matter – great reminder of a time when movies were a form of theatre, an art.

  15. Leona
    September 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Music did give the emotions on the screen and played with our hearts and feelings. I liked this one. Taking us back in time, to the good old black and white.

  16. September 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    You did something wonderful with a subject that I have never given a thought to … and this means you brought a bright spot to my day. Thank you!

  17. September 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

    they certainly did tell us moods to feel. your simple, playful energy reflected the ‘silent’ movie drama very well.

  18. September 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh I really loved this one. there are so many beautiful moments in it – where do I start. The photos fit perfectly. Love it :)

  19. September 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    So true of the silent era. The music told them what to feel. A wonderful write. Visiting you from both ‘dVerse’ and ‘Imaginary Toads.’

  20. September 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    there’s my Gish!! :)

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