Music for a Friday: Meet Ahi, if you haven’t already

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.  Continue reading “Music for a Friday: Meet Ahi, if you haven’t already”

When was the last time you read a poem?

In the mid-nineties, Americans began to celebrate April as National Poetry Month, courtesy of the Academy of American Poets. The celebration is observed by those who still love what is arguably the most difficult art to do well.

When was the last time you read a poem? Maybe it’s time.  Continue reading “When was the last time you read a poem?”

Early blues singer Lizzie Miles sang to us, not for herself

Lizzie Miles
Portrait of Lizzie Miles from Know Lousiana, Lousiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Not long ago, Florida poet Odd Rod Borisade, whom I often refer to as ‘America’s Poet,’ said something on Facebook that stuck with me because it’s applicable to any artist.  Continue reading “Early blues singer Lizzie Miles sang to us, not for herself”

America’s poet does it again: Mindblown2 variety show announced

Odd Rod Mindblown2
Florida poet Odd Rod Borisade has announced Mindblown 2.

Odd Rod Borisade deserves the moniker ‘America’s Poet’ for many reasons. An astounding talent for presenting well-crafted poetry in spoken word has landed Rod on stages across the United States. Borisade also has a talent for putting a great event together. After last year’s success with ‘Mindblown’, Borisade is again bringing a variety-style show to Jacksonville.

Borisade’s lineup for Mindblown2 includes poetry, musical renderings in soul-pop-rock, and magic.   Continue reading “America’s poet does it again: Mindblown2 variety show announced”