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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: All You Fascists Bound to Lose | Resistance Revival Chorus

“I’m gonna tell you fascists/You may be surprised,” Woody sings. “The people in this world/Are getting organized.”

October 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Mike Schneider: Bob Dylan’s Ballads of Murder, Drowning & Other Songs of Love

If one of the defining tendencies of post-modernism is breaking down borders between high and low culture—such as between Beethoven and Elvis, Dylan is a supreme post-modernist. The cultural compass inscribed by his work is huge, flattering us by the depth of his learning and song awareness. We can follow or not—the songs don’t care.

October 18, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: The Lost Words Blessing

Enter the wild with care, my love
And speak the things you see

September 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Listening to Bill Evans Play Stella By Starlight

. “I listen to Stella by Starlight and shiver deep in a nameless place.” – Gary Lemons     Side tracked, hijacked, The words unnecessary, but Each syncopated  Lyric, each … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Why do whales sing?

This short animated film, produced by Stephanie Sardelis of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

August 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Oscar Peterson | Hymn To Freedom

Live in Denmark, 1964. Oscar Peterson on Piano. Ray Brown on Bass. Ed Thigpen on Drums.

August 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Pokey LaFarge "Garbage Man Blues"

Pokey LaFarge performing “Garbage Man Blues” at Music City Roots from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville.

August 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo Music

Australian indigenous music has existed for 40,000 years and is still widely performed.

July 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: John Prine as Tender Poet

“If his songs were allowed to exist in the world—so simply written, so profoundly beautiful —surely there was room for other good, decent things, too.”

July 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Gail Langstroth | firegarden / jardín-de-fuego

About this short film, Gail Langstroth writes: One hot, summer afternoon in New York City, the poet Anne Marie Macari and I met at the Bouchon Café, Time Warner Center, … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

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