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Poetry and dance

What songs fuse poetry or spoken word with music? The closest I can think of are Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" and Poe's "Hey Pretty". I'd be especially interested in mashups that do this.
posted by divabat on Jul 22, 2013 - 31 answers

Poetry in Song

A song request: occasionally when listening to (new to me) music I notice that I recognise a song and not because it's a cover but a poem! For example Yeat's 'Song of Wandering Aengus' seems to have been set to music by various artists (Waterboys, Donovan) or more recently I heard King Charles' album and suddenly realised I was listening to 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. I rather like it when this happens but I've found it a hard thing to search for, so what else is there? Interested in pretty much any genre or age - and mainly curious about more 'literary' poetry, although good versions of traditional ballads are definitely welcome!
posted by an opinicus on Apr 26, 2013 - 37 answers

positive ugly art

Is there any art that you find ugly, but still admire or value? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 4, 2013 - 39 answers

The Great Re-Education

I realized recently that as a college graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy, i know absolutely nothing. I want to educate myself in classic literature, great music (folk, jazz, classical), philosophy, poetry, and art. Where should i begin? The project seems overwhelming to me. I'm throwing out the TV and i want to occupy my time with material that will help me grow as an individual. Any ideas? Suggestions?
posted by hiddenknives on Nov 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Did I really hear this weird bit of surreal poetry by (I think) Peter Gabriel on the radio years ago?

When I was about 15 (circa 1994), I remember listening to some sort of radio program (on NPR or similar) wherein they played an extremely bizarre bit of surreal spoken-word verse by a very young Peter Gabriel. Or at least I *think* it was Peter Gabriel. In any case, I would love to hear it again and actually learn what album/collection it came from. Presuming I didn't imagine this weird thing involving a train and a golden rod... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

What are your interpretations of Broken Social Scene's "Market Fresh"?

Again moved by the shimmery beauty of Broken Social Scene's "Market Fresh", after not listening to it for a long time, I decided to look up the song lyrics. I'm interested in people's interpretation of them.. [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Mar 6, 2011 - 4 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

Like to the lark at break of day arising

Recommend literature/poetry set to (classical) music for my mix! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Feb 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me with poetic devices....

In "Thunder Road", the lyric "Roy Orbison singing for the lonely, hey that's me and I want you only, don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again" can be interpreted differently depending on where you break the line, before or after the word "only". Is there a name for this particular poetic device? Do you know of other examples? [more inside]
posted by griffey on Mar 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Avantgarde Operatics in London

Avantgarde London: I want to take my girlfriend out to a biggish music/sound performance/event. I want it to be avantgarde, unexpected and unique - the kind of night that would send most music lovers screaming into the distance. I am thinking maybe opera, but I know NOTHING about it. And, as I said, I want avantgarde opera in London. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Who put the Rang in the ... oh, never mind.

Persian music aficionados, tell me what you know about Golhaye Rangarang. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Zoom Out, Literally?

Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

What's that poem on "Slit of Cloud"?

Can anyone help me locate the poem that is read on By Akira Sakata on the DJ Krush album Jaku? (The track name is "Slit of Cloud") [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Oct 18, 2007 - 6 answers

There's pop in my poetry! There's poetry in my pop!

Help me find other artists who combine poetry and music in interesting ways? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Oct 11, 2007 - 31 answers

On the Coast of Coromandel / Where the early pumpkins blow...

I'm looking for a recording of Edward Lear's song The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Sep 21, 2007 - 3 answers

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