Have you heard the one about the pheasant plucker?
The poem where it’s very important not to confuse the start of different words!
There was a peacock plucker around today. And I was reminded of the pheasant plucker, because no more than getting the start of each word right in the above poem, as you can see the male peacock’s image depends very much on getting the start and the end of his feathers right.
And it was by switching the start of a Barbara Streisand song that got multi Grammy Award–winning composer and producer David Foster his big break. He knew that Streisand wasn’t happy with the intro she had for the tune they were recording that day, so Foster deliberately spent his lunch hour noodling on the electric piano in the hope that Streisand was listening in the control room.
And she was. She loved Foster’s newly-composed intro, and the rest is history. Foster was on the way to a career working with iconic vocalists such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé.
Tús maith leath na hoibre, my Irish teacher used to say.
A good start is half the job.