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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — July 27, 2019 — Sonnet 5, a marriage poem from MacKenzie’s Sonnets for Christ the King, has inspired award-winning producer, composer, and vocalist D.G. Hall to put forth a timeless song in the contemporary pop genre. With its positive vibe, soaring vocal lines, and beautifully textured orchestration, Hall’s setting combines classic style with the best of today’s popular sound.

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The remarkable collaboration of a traditional lyric poet with a genius producer has resulted in the creation of MacKenzie & Hall, a partnership operating under the PoemSongs.com label committed to producing beautiful songs based on MacKenzie poems. MacKenzie is a member of the prestigious Society of Classical Poets and has appeared in Trinacria (New York), America’s top review of formal verse.

The relationship is groundbreaking in that so-called “lyrics,” created by committees and serving only to set up a chorus, have become shopworn and conventional in today’s industry. Only exquisite, traditionally-crafted poems, composed by authentic men of letters with humanistic backgrounds, are able to convey a classic sense of timelessness. MacKenzie & Hall have thus confirmed a truth of songwriting first demonstrated by David Gilmour’s setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18: The 400-year old English sonnet continues to stand the test of time.



For Elizabeth

If charm were a country, then you would be
Its capital of many domes and spires
Gilded and gleaming off a crystal sea,
And graced with every art that love inspires.

If beauty a nation, then you, its queen,
Would wield the scepter of love’s dazzling power
Beguiling all thy subjects with serene
And regal allure from a silver tower.

Alas, the fairest flow’rs remain unknown
Behind the garden walls of married life;
And thou, the loveliest, shouldst not bemoan
The humble title of a poet’s wife:

To capitals yet made these lines proclaim
Eternal love, and gild thy beauty’s fame.



©Joseph Charles MacKenzie



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