In 1970 The Beatles released their penultimate studio Album Let it Be  shortly after the group announced that they would no longer make music together . One of the songs that appeared on the album was John Lennon’s I Dig a Pony.  Lennon, who was know for often saying disparaging things about his compositions, said he thought his song was  “a piece of garbage”.

I Dig a Pony
Well you can celebrate anything you want
Yes you can celebrate anything you want
Ooh
I do a road hog
Well you can penetrate any place you go
Yes you can penetrate any place you go
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because-

I pick a moon dog
Well you can radiate everything you are
Yes you can radiate everything you are
Oh now
I roll a stoney
Well you can imitate everyone you know
Yes you can imitate everyone you know
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because-

I feel the wind blow
Well you can indicate everything you see
Yes you can indicate everything you see
Oh now
I load a lorry
Well you can syndicate any boat you row
Yes you can syndicate any boat you row
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because-

I was a young man entering high school when Let It Be was released.  Today I see these lyrics and the song itself  as an effective metaphor for the poetic potential in art. The guitar and bass introduction sounds like the bridge or the middle of the song rather than the beginning, suggesting that it doesn’t matter where anything begins, any spot will do.  The opening line “I dig a pony”  is ridiculous but ripe with promise. For me the song is a call for expansion, to push outward, and it makes me want to go into my studio and do something.

Through making and looking at art, any kind of art, we can “celebrate”, “penetrate”, “radiate”, “Imitate”, “indicate”, and “syndicate”, anything we want to know or be or do.
I Dig a Pony  is a good starting point and title for this new collection of writings, which I write, hoping to do some of my own penetrating and radiating.