The poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the academic work of Dr Donda West, and how Kanye was inspired by his late mother’s literal voice on ‘DONDA’.
No more can be written of Sappho without assuming a certain reality that may or may not have existed, and really this is the nature of her mythology. That every element of her music is music-less is part of the Sapphic music. That Sappho’s lyre will never produce a tone again, stimulates the continuity of her music, the listening for what can’t be heard.
The tension between hope and despair that we all find ourselves in in 2021 was perfectly captured by 22 year-old Amanda Gorman’s stirring inauguration poem, ‘The Hill We Cilmb’.
Gil Scott-Heron may not be a familiar name to many, but you can feel the impact of his poetry and music from the work of Kanye West to the protest cries of Black Lives Matter. If you see yourself as a citizen of conscience, he is an artist you need to know. Born in ChicagoContinue reading ““Who Will Survive in America?” // A Jazz Prophet’s Story”