Song of Ron

Poetry - General
42 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2020
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Author Biography

This book is an artifact of songs I had written between 1976-1983, commemorated as this book of poetry entitled Song of Ron. The epilogue and poem Life is But a Dream were written in 2019. The photos are from 1982, 1981, and 2016 respectively. And so, 45 years have come and passed, and although I have forgotten how to play the guitar after setting it down since that time so long ago to focus on what was in front of me; of building a business, a family, and negotiating a life with my wife Cheri. I came back to music eventually to sing once again in another time and place, which became a saving grace. I am so glad I lived in a musical world to express myself and bask in its sea of emotions, feelings, and sensations. I knew right from the start that music and I were meant to be companions, resonating together throughout time. In my mind, Singers are born, and I was born to sing among other species of our world in the Animal Kingdom. It is what comes most naturally to me. There are memories and anecdotal reports of me singing at the very young age of 2 and 3. Ron is diminutive of the male given name Ronald, of Hebrew origin meaning "Song of Joy". So then Song of Ron is aptly named, for these are the lyrics from the songs that I wrote and sang with my guitar, a valued friend and trusty companion throughout those years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Song of Ron by Ronald Steven Kaplan is a collection of poems, or songs as the poet puts it, that give glimpses of the poet's views on love lost, love celebrated, love sought, humor, and humanity. Since many of the poems are lyrics, they have a good rhythm and beat and they express the poet's emotions, thoughts, feelings, sensations, vibrations, and imagery in an entertaining and lyrical way. The poems showcase his immense love for music, love, and humanity, and they will take readers on an engaging ride where his words will make them ponder and reflect on love and mankind. The language of love is universal and many of the poems are relatable to readers.

There are many poems in the book that fascinated me and made me think. One would be 'All and All'; I thought it was thought-provoking and deep. The other poem that struck a chord within me would be 'Life is but a Dream.' 'Fifty Years' is another favorite poem of mine that beautifully captures the poet's love for his wife in the most basic and charming way. The poet's ability to use simple language yet capture emotions and feelings in depth is quite amazing and that is what makes the poems and lyrics in this book appealing. Every song and every poem in this collection connects well with readers and I would definitely recommend Song of Ron by Ronald Steven Kaplan to all song and poetry lovers to have in their personal collection.