Instagram…a musical lament

Lyrics by Robert McBryde

Music by Andy McClelland

I’m a fledgling pseudo writer,
Just a flash in the pan,
A decrepit low tech geezer,
But I’m told I need Instagram.

My book has very few readers,
I’m an also-ran,
But young folks say that the solution,
Is a presence on Instagram.

They say my pictures aren’t sexy,
Sometimes foolish, but mostly bland,
The attraction is elsewhere,
Especially on Instagram.

A publisher said, ”I’m sorry,
You’re just a funny old man,
But your writing doesn’t even matter;
What matters is Instagram.”

“Get rid of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Goodreads,
They’re basically a scam,
Start taking a whole bunch of selfies,
And post them on Instagram.”

She noted that I have few followers,
Some are friends; some more on the lam.
One is a dog named Fiona,
The cutest on Instagram.

What I need is an agent, a life coach,
A mentor, who isn’t a sham,
A role model with a bevy of readers,
A master of Instagram

Robert McBryde Author: IndieReader approved, adolescence, hippies, pop music, 1960s, 1970s, blogging, social media,  CBC radio, literary non-fiction, tales, short stories, vignettes, immigrant experience, sports, Quebec anglos, living in France,  childhood and animal stories, creative memoirs, satire, autobiography, family relations, fathers, raising children, aging, facing death, fear of death, travel, social commentary, love and marriage, translation: English-French; French-English

Publisher’s Note:  Funny, manic, and wistful… self-deprecating creative nonfiction…The author, Robert McBryde, a professional translator, has been compared to David Sedaris for the sometimes-snarky autobiographical satire characterizing his literary sketches. Many of the stories in his new book, titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, have been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio network.

Author’s Note:

I’ve written a new book of creative non-fiction titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, recently published and now on the market. The book is based on stories that I told over the years as a writer/ broadcaster and host on CBC radio based in Quebec City, Canada.

The book is available via my website. The purchase links are at the bottom of the home page.

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Here is an excerpt from my IndieReader review:

“[This] memoir is… an enjoyable and touching read. Radio listeners in Quebec are already familiar with the wit and wisdom of Robert McBryde. The non-fiction collection, MY TIME WITH YOU HAS BEEN SHORT BUT VERY FUNNY, gives the rest of the world access to the author’s inimitable style.”

“Please note that [this] book received a rating of 4 stars or above, making it “IndieReader Approved”, a designation we created to make it easier for readers and booksellers to identify quality indie titles. Post the sticker proudly, knowing that your title was judged by top industry professionals—not as merely a great indie book—but as great book, period.”

Here is a link to a cool group book review blog:

My Time With You Has Been Short But Very Funny, a review by Di


And this is a link to Goodreads. A great place to learn about new books and to read reviews.

Di’s review of My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny

And, finally, a review from Amazon…


A Spirited Dive into Life’s Laughter and Tears (


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