Writing

The “Have You Never Been Mellow” Jumble

Artist Statement
by Jason Larsen

Samuel Corales, the instructor of the current Interactive Creative Writing class, asked us to take a song and then jumble them up in spoken word form in a way that means something to us. This is mine.

Have you never been happy
Just to hear your song?
Have you never let someone else be strong?

Have you never been mellow?
Have you never tried
To find a comfort from inside you?

There was a time
When I was in a hurry as you are
I was like you
There was a day
When I just had to tell my point of view
I was like you

Running around as you do
With your head up in the clouds
I was like you
Never had time to lay back
Kick your shoes off, close your eyes
I was like you

Now I don’t mean to make you frown
No, I just want you to slow down

Now you’re not hard to understand
You need someone to take your hand, hey

Have you never been mellow?
Have you never tried
To find a comfort from inside you?

Have you never been happy
Just to hear your song?
Have you never let someone else be strong?

The song was originally sung by Olivia Newton-John on an album of the same name. Credit goes to John Farrar, who wrote it.

In The News · Music

The world’s first public orchestra

“Backed by a $700,000 Pew grant, the Philadelphia Public Orchestra ambitiously seeks to redefine just what an orchestra is — and what it plays.”

Pricey tickets. WASPy galas. The Philadelphia Public Orchestra is set to overturn all of those notions.

The Philadelphia Public Orchestra’s manifesto makes it quite clear that the musicians themselves will eventually and collectively steer the ship: “After the orchestra has been established for at least one season, the orchestra members ideally take control of all decision-making.”

“The orchestra should take over and let the musicians, the performers, think of who they might like to ask for a commission, what themes are interesting to them. We’re coming together to create a kind of work of art, and there is a radical power in that. Interesting things can happen.”