Author Archives: John Paul McNeil

About John Paul McNeil

New to blogging. New to being retired (my daughter says I retired too early). I say not soon enough, as so much music was waiting to come out. Thoughts which turn to poems which turn to songs. The Earth is one rich theme. But also want to theme this search for where the Music, and the Words, and the Songs come from. And go.

Where To Now

Pretty much let this Blog thing go. As many of us do with many things. But like a boomerang (fascinated by ’em, but always a bit afraid it would come back and hit me in the head). Kinda like this … Continue reading

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The Flag, The Family, The Light

John “Paul” McNeil, passed on July 4, 2013.  Among the cherished memories, is something he would often say, “God first, family second, job third.”  Not idle words, for he lived his life by them. The flag he served was our … Continue reading

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Semper Fi

My 93 year old father is in Hospice.  He has been there about a week, longer than the family expected.  But as I said to my brother Mark tonight, not surprising, really.  For he is a fighter, still.  Never defeated … Continue reading

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Distant Heart, Memorial Day

Distant Heart II Note: I posted this a month ago, and am reposting for Memorial Day.  I also just found this sweet picture of my Mom and Dad from 1942, on his graduation from UMd.  They had just married.  He was commissioned a 2nd … Continue reading

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Distant Heart

Note: I posted this a month ago, and am reposting for Memorial Day.  I also just found this sweet picture of my Mom and Dad from 1942, on his graduation from UMd.  They had just married.  He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in … Continue reading

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Together

“Hi, are you the John Paul McNeil that taught at Sanville Elementary  in the ’70’s?”  That was the message on FB I got not too long ago from Betty , one of my former students, now a mother, and grandmother. … Continue reading

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My Hallelujah

The day before Easter Sunday, I was cleaning the house, and found a small wooden cross I made when I was a kid, in Methodist Youth Fellowship.  I had a live music gathering that evening (called a “jam”), and we had a … Continue reading

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Song of the Week – Old Newport Waltz

The robins are telling me it’s Spring.  I believe them.  Birds do not lie. They asked me to post a song I wrote years ago, about spring in the Virginia mountains. It was sweet.  Newport, a tiny old mountain town … Continue reading

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Mer

What if you could sing a song in a foreign tongue, unknown to you? Impossible!  It thought so too, until it happened.  A few years ago, I “felt” a song coming in.  This usually happens when I sit with my … Continue reading

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Eve, Come Home

It is International Women’s Day, in this International Women’s Month.  So here is a poem dedicated to the Woman of us All.  And the song, “Come Home”, which inspired this poem (and the song is its own poem).  A lot of … Continue reading

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