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Poetry Set to Music: “The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks,” by Patricia Lockwood

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May 20, 2017

The text: The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks, by Patricia Lockwood [Source: Poetry (December 2013)] Music for mezzo-soprano and computer: Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano; Jason Charney, music/recording; Poem by Patricia Lockwood

Flamenco: Tomatito Performs “Pa la Pimpi” Live

The amazing flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres (Tomatito) is joined here by his daughter, Mari Ángeles Fernández Torres, on vocals.

Piano Jazz: Vijay Iyer Trio Live in Studio, Playing Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”

Recorded at KPLU Studios, February 2011.  An awesome live performance of the jazz trio’s interpretation of Michael Jackson’s 1983 single, “Human Nature.”

Track of the Day: Poetry by Wisława Szymborska, “The Silence of Plants”

This is one of my (many) favorite poems by the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996.  I found this great reading of the poem out there on SoundCloud a while back.  

Track of the Day: Poetry by W. B. Yeats, “Who Goes With Fergus?”

A little while back I wrote a post on the Fleet Foxes Maida Vale session recording of “The Shrine / An Argument“.  I was thinking back on the little Yeats reference in the song, and that early Romantic and Irish folklore-inspired era of his poetry, so I thought I’d follow it up with this track… Read More ›

Narcissus

Quote of the Day: On the Fear of Narcissism

In this way, Morton argues, our need to get a more immediate, superficial sharing, and to feel good about ourselves as a result, protects us from recognizing our deeper and more threatening sharing, a more terrifying similarity: we’ve done things more like the murderer than we can bear. It’s not a crass relativism, Morton’s idea;… Read More ›

Field of tulips

Track of the Day: Sylvia Plath reads “Tulips”

Sylvia Plath reads her poem “Tulips,” in a rare BBC recording.

Andrea Mantegna, St. Sebastian (Louvre)

Quote of the Day: On Cocteau and Proust

If Proust visited his rituals on Cocteau, friendship with Proust could not be otherwise than ritualistic.  It involved verbal spoofs, labyrinthine excuses, nocturnal happenings, dinners at the Ritz, and whipped chocolate at Larue, recitations from Swann in the cork-lined bedroom, cab rides observing the fixed, hermetic itinerary of a drunk.  Proust’s rare outings by day… Read More ›

Track of the Day: The Statler Brothers, Flowers on the Wall

Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do…  

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