Thursday, January 24, 2008

Your Musical Score

You couldn't imagine Easy Rider set to Beach Boys music now could you? A good musical score simulates and/or forms a symbiotic relationship with a visual series of images. A musical backdrop can of course also be used effectively with the spoken word.

If you were to liken your poetry to a musical genre and match it in its intrinsic elements of poetry to a specific form of music, artist or even song(s) what might that (those) be? So let's say for the sake of comparison that if you were to choose 5 songs; pieces and/or artists which would best approximate your poetic sensibilities and style which would they be? If possible post them in You Tube form.


Socially Conscious




Obviously, I've limited myself to Rock & Folk as genres. You might explore other musical forms of expression. Anybody else want to take a shot at this be my guest.

Addendum: I had originally tagged - Sam, Collin, Brent, Robert, Shann & Justin (whenever he comes back from hiatus) just to name a few - but I'd like to see quite a few bloggers' response to this. Too many to list actually.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)

Bobby Fischer died on Thursday at 64, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest chess players the world has ever seen.

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mona Lisa's True Identity Revealed

The real identity of the Mona Lisa has been revealed, a group of German academics says. Experts at the Heidelberg University library found notes scribbled in the margins of a book, dated October 1503, that they say confirm what many art historians have long thought to be true: Lisa Gherardini, the wife of the wealthy Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo, was the model for Leonardo da Vinci's legendary portrait, Reuters reports. According to the experts, Agostino Vespucci, a Florentine official and an acquaintance of Leonardo, wrote the comments, which mention that the artist was working on three paintings at the time, one of them Lisa del Giocondo's portrait. Art historians are hailing the discovery as a breakthrough. "There is no reason for any lingering doubts that this is another woman," Leipzig University art historian Frank Zoellner told German radio. "One could even say that books written about all this in the past few years were unnecessary, had we known." (Artinfo, January 15, 2008)

source NY Art Magazine

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Monday, January 07, 2008


Those of you that read this blog on a regular basis may have noted that I have been posting an inordinate amount of classic rock lately. It has been my experience to have music & the writing of literature creatively intertwined. Glad that some of you have noticed and enjoyed this retrospective of some of the music that I first listened to in my formative years. I have of course just touched the peak of the iceberg.

As a teenager I had a considerable vinyl collection which has been depleted over time by trade-offs for books etc... with friends, lovers & other strangers. However, I still have a decent 33 LP collection that I am transferring to mp3 format with this gizmo:

Ion USB Turntable

Product Features & Specifications
  • Professional quality turntable connects to your PC via USB
  • Classic styling with included smoked plastic dust cover
  • Rip your vinyl directly to MP3 or WAV format
  • Easily move your recordings to iPod or burn them to CD (Free iTunes software download required)
  • Ships with Audacity software (compatible with PC and Mac) for removing clicks, pops, and other undesirable characteristics of vinyl
  • Audacity supports high-speed recording, then returns music to original playback speed
  • Audacity software includes ability to export to WAV and MP3
  • 33.33 and 45 RPM playback speeds
  • Supports the recording of 78 RPM records through the included software
  • RCA line outputs with built-in pre-amp allow direct connection to your existing audio system.
  • Plug and Play USB compatibility with both Windows (XP, 2000, Vista) and Mac OS X
  • Packaged with all necessary cables to interconnect with both a computer and stereo playback system

So I will be incorporating in my blog a series of posts high-lighting these albums and some of the tracks on them.

Saturday, January 05, 2008