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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2008-11-14T18:59:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=8&t=8541 2008-11-14T18:59:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84999#p84999 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
I know what you mean about classic rhetoric. When I was in grad school, one of the texts for our teaching colloquiem was a history of teaching English at the college level; the idea of an English Department is a rather recent invention, late 1800s as I recall. Before that, you studied oral and written rhetoric, beginning with its Western foundations in Greek and Latin. When Harvard was founded, you only had a choice of three majors -- law, medicine, and theology. All three required you to study rhetoric and Latin. Listening to Obama now, and knowing he was at the top of his law class, I can imagine he has been aware of the power of classic rhetoric for a long time.

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2008-11-14T18:39:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84997#p84997 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:39 pm


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2008-11-14T02:00:15+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84960#p84960 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
As to the "breadcrumb" analogy, I'm glad that the cadence is working for you. I would hope that it isn't truly all the same, but then I have only one vantage point when listening. I try to establish a somewhat conversational cadence rather than the horrid sing-song or end-of-line rising tone cadences I've heard all too often by reading poets. If I can, indeed, establish a cadence that pulls you along, particularly on the narrative pieces, that is good.

The difficulty with cadence when reading is balancing that forward movement with a clarity of enunciation and spacing of words so that word play and imagery is not lost in the process.

As for tunes, I keep trying to get myself going on some lyrics, but it hasn't happened. I'm trying to make myself spit out some words when I'm practicing some chord & fill structures I've cobbled together over the past couple years.

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2008-11-13T23:46:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84955#p84955 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
I try to be very aware of the sonic nature of language, so words and phrasings are very carefully chosen for not only meaning, but hard/soft sounds, beats/syllables, and accents. That's one of the joys of poetry that some never explore when they write.

Yes, you could say that I cherry-picked the poems in the reading. Even then, I left out a number that were intended from the start to be spoken-word pieces just for time constraints and that I liked them not quite as much as what I chose. My whole master's thesis was a performance collection, with much of the second half of the collection being written for multiple readers.

And, yes, you can certainly say that I developed under the guidance of some wonderful mentors, who I can say were dead right about those lapses into abstraction in my undergrad days. There were some poems from the past few years that I like but that I found not right for listening, rather than reading on a page. But by the time I'm done with them, who knows, I may find a way to make them more spoken-friendly.

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2008-11-13T23:05:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84952#p84952 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:05 pm


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2008-11-04T19:40:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84209#p84209 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
ricochet wrote:
Yeah, take your poultry gig on the road, Bluejay!

Abingdon, Virginia, right up the road from me, is full of artists, craftspeople, poets, retired educators, hippy relics and Democrats. Bring it there and I'll get to see you. :D


That'd be a blast, Rico. I've got to get to your neck of the woods someday. Passed by a couple times over the years headed elsewhere, but I should stop in and take a look around.

Bubba, that's an interesting point about the arts crowd. I'l be in the mix this coming weekend when I head up to Marquette for an annual fundraising dinner for a community gallery. A lot of the folks I used to hang with and/or write about when I was doing arts columns for the regional monthly will be there. It's pretty much as you describe.

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2008-11-04T19:14:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84195#p84195 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:14 pm


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2008-11-04T18:41:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84190#p84190 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
Abingdon, Virginia, right up the road from me, is full of artists, craftspeople, poets, retired educators, hippy relics and Democrats. Bring it there and I'll get to see you. :D

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2008-11-04T17:15:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84181#p84181 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>

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2008-11-03T19:01:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8541&p=84104#p84104 <![CDATA[Re: Bluejay gets a poetry gig]]>
bluejay wrote:
Bubba, I love the tour and band names! As for wardrobe, when I read I kept it pretty simple, a wine red button-down shirt with blackish-blue Levis and a black leather sport coat. Sophisticated casual was the goal. 8)

I've listened to almost half of the podcast. A bit of digital oddness around the edges, I think from background noise, but otherwise pretty good for the level of mic and recorder. Plenty of volume, certainly. My voice actually sounds better than I expected -- maybe it has finally stopped "changing". :lol: Someday I'll get brave (read "stupid") enough to try singing in public. :oops:

Maybe, Bubba, I should come over to your neck o' the woods and do a bar reading with harp accompaniment?
That kinda stuff would go over very well in some of the venues on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi valley, as well as a coupla places farther inland, in Minn-ee-soot-a, eh. There's an old opera house in Alma, Wi., where one of the local musicians books regional acts. Those communities are very arts friendly, full of artists, craftsmen, retired educators, and hippie relics. Winter is always the best time to do that sort of stuff, cuz of course in the summer everybody's out on the river and in the woods. Check out http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com. BTW, I'll have to check out your link from home tonite.

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