Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Video: Ama — a short film by Julie Gautier

. JULIE: “Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Arnold Drake World

. Magic from the mundane – paper towels flourish in the hands of a coffeeshop artist. Arnold Drake World works some beguilingly simple magic at a communal table in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Patsy Cline — “Crazy”

. Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley 1932 – 1963) was an American country music singer. Part of the late 1950s/early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully crossed over to pop music and was … Continue reading

April 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Chocolate as an act of resistance

. In Mexico, Chocolate isn’t just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. This is … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Light moves at the Washington National Cathedral

. This time lapse video — part of the exhibition “Scaling Washington” at the National Building Museum — highlights the movement of stained glass light at the Washington National Cathedral. … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: Operatico Politico — NRA Protest Song

. Operatico Politico gives us a new protest song for the March For Our Lives on March 24th! Please like and share widely! Lyrics and guitar chords here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/traditi… Email … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Mississippi John Hurt “I shall not be moved”

. Biography by Bruce Eder No blues singer ever presented a more gentle, genial image than Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966). A guitarist with an extraordinarily lyrical and refined fingerpicking style, he … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Fractal — 4k StormLapse

. In this beautiful montage of moving images collected over ten years, director Chad Cowan and composer Arvo Pärt capture the drama and poetry of weather. About this film, Cowan says: “Big … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: How Does It Feel to Be Loved and All the Other Questions I’ve Ever Wanted to Ask the Armed Cheerleaders of the Corporate State as an Act of Defiance

That night one year ago, after dinner, I was in the dining room talking to my wife Heather when our thirteen-year-old daughter Maggie came in to ask me for help … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: David Byrne performs and directs “Don’t Fence Me In”

. “Don’t Fence Me In” performed and directed by David Byrne. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. Lyrics Oh, give me land, … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Feral

. A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gerald Fleming: Goodnight, Monsieur Yves Faucher, Wherever You Are

On Jazz in Paris  My jazzy heart is broken. After many months away, we’ve returned to find the jazz club we’ve loved for fourteen years on rue Lepic gone. Autour … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · 5 Comments

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait as a Being of Sound and Motion on the Northern Edge of the Southern States

Driving to Winchester the other day Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments comes on the stereo as we head west into the sunset on 66 ready for the curve at the … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment