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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -