Aim Was Song
Theron Aiken has been a teacher for thirty five years teaching literature and composition and in his spare time writing songs. All of the music for the poems was written by Theron Aiken and arranged by Don Cameron. Don has national credits with The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Sheehan, Joe Vitale, Steve Morse, Melanie, and more. Don did the drum sequencing and keyboards on this CD. Robert Frost is perhaps the most recognizable American poet. From 1913, with the appearance of his first book, A Boy's Will, till his death in 1963, two years after he delivered his poem 'The Gift Outright,' at John F. Kennedy's Inauguration, Frost wrote poems that have become an integral part of Americana. In fact, the mood and tone of these poems expresses what America and Americans are all about. The slightly fatalistic yet hopefully optimistic view of life, our closeness to nature and our fierce independence seem to be views with which many Americans can relate. The poems chosen here are, of course, the poems that show the musical side of Robert Frost's poetry. The regular rhythm and rhyme, the stanza form and even the hint of chorus and refrain all suggest the song as a natural conveyance of Frost's words. As he suggests in the poem, 'The Aim Was Song,' music is in the air all around us, but man, 'by measure,' puts it into song. This CD was not an attempt to improve on Frost's poetry; rather, it was made as a testimonial to Frost's poetic genius and as a celebration of his 'music.'