The Ear Has To Travel #17
26 April 2018
True life in haiku
and balances of phrase out of the blue
and meaning shown to you
As The Ear Has To Travel is a show about songs with great lyrics, this episode is about poets who became musicians, musicians who became poets, musicians who wanted to become writers, musicians who actually consider themselves writers, and everything in between. This episode features music by Holly Throsby, Connie Converse, PJ Harvey, Jenny Hval, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patti, Bob and Leonard, and many many more… and a very special guest.
Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Holly Throsby – Seeing You Now
David Berkeley – Drowning
Nick Cave – Night of the Lotus Eaters
PJ Harvey – The Wheel
Björk/Sjón – Cosmogony
Ursula K. Le Guin/Todd Barton – A Teaching Poem
Ursula K. Le Guin/Todd Barton – Long Singing
Patti Smith – Easter
Jenny Hval – Death of the Author
Ketil Bjørnstad/Randi Stene/Lars Anders Tomter (John Donne) – A Valediction: Of Weeping
Connie Converse (Dylan Thomas, interpreted by Charlotte Mundy and Christopher Goddard) – In My Craft or Sullen Art
Bob Dylan – My Back Pages
Leonard Cohen – Stories of the Street
Patti Smith – Kimberley
Feist – Comfort Me
The songwriter is everybody, and nobody. I’m not there.
“There’d be no music without the words…“ Watch Dylan’s exceedingly strange 1965 San Francisco press conference:
‘I’m one of the few people who’ve had Björk as a backing singer.’ Read an interview with Icelandic author Sjón here.
An interview with Holly Throsby on songwriting and novel-writing.
Lean more about Ursula K. Le Guin’s Music and Poetry of the Kesh here.
How about taking Feist’s Pleasure Questionnaire. Maybe she’ll turn the stories she’s told this way into a novel…
For more from Patti, Bob and Leonard, head right over to the SmithDylanCohen Special.