I spend a lot of time reading about music and listening to it. I do this because of my daughters’ business but also because I love music. I met Ahi not long ago by way of a blog I read. I have these Emily Dickinson moments when I find a song that just thrusts itself into my heart. I feel the same way when I find a poem that is a real poem instead of the artificial word games so many academics have reduced that genre to. When I found Ahi’s “Breaking Ground,” I got that Emily thing going.
“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”
For me that applies to any form of art, if it meets my definitely picky aesthetic.
Ahi, whose name is pronounced “Eye”, is from Canada. His song expresses a universal message that reaches to antiquity. Throughout history, cultures have been oppressed and exploited, regardless of complexion, creed, or ethnicity. When I hear a song like “Breaking Ground,” it gives me a bit of hope for the music industry.
This song and Ahi’s work brought to mind Florida poet Odd Rod Borisade who not only weaves poetry with words but also with light. Rod does both poetry and photography. In a real meritocracy, Rod would be a household name. His work puts the entire current catalog of dull, “me-centric” poetry to shame.
Rod’s poem “The Professional” explores the same theme Ahi explores in his song, each artist in his own unique way.
Another song that rises far above jingoism to art is Miranda Lambert’s Tin Man.
So this Friday, my recommendation for music is Ahi’s “Breaking Ground.”
Happy Friday, and be safe, y’all.
(Kay B. Day/Aug. 17, 2018)