Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lively Up the Blog

I thought I'd lively up the blog with a contest.

Earlier this summer, my husband and I were listening to the Ron Carter Trio at Bohemian Caverns, and I was wondering why it is hard to find poems about current jazz musicians.  It's easy to find poems about Charlie Parker, and even I have written poems that reference Monk.  But what about some of the musicians who are active now?!

So I came up with this contest.

It is open to any poet of any age, but the poem has to be inspired by a jazz musician Ron Carter's age or younger.  I know that Carter is not that young.  (For the record, he was born May 4, 1937.)  But since he inspired the contest, I thought I'd include him.

I would like to end the contest on August 19, that is, Bill Clinton's birthday and a day near the end of my summer break.  However, unlike many contests, I will be publishing the poems as I receive them.  Please send them to thesongis at gmail dot com .  Got it.  Emailing in the body of the email is better.

I would prefer poems under thirty lines, but longer is okay.

With your poem, send me a link to a YouTube video of the song and perhaps even a picture you'd like to post with it.  An image from Wikimedia Commons is probably best.

And here is some inspiration.

First, of course, some music by Ron Carter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPwp6YsraZw ("Willow Weep For Me")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpErj5U2FcI ("Little Waltz" -- recorded in 1969)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfUqggDylJU ("Autumn Leaves")

I also wanted to include McCoy Tyner:

But let's include some younger people, too.

I want to start with Robert Glasper!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onXoreYFMhU ("Smells Like Teen Spirit")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-0JZlrk4xA ("Afro Blue")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDBxWQtgypY (Here he plays more conventionally.)

Or you may prefer Allison Miller:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkYiTUcrSqk ("Big and Lovely")

Danilo Perez is always fun to listen to.

This is his "Galactic Panama" :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQfOBeEU4JA

Helen Sung performs with Ron Carter here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_2hHgznUvg

Here she plays "Shall We Tango?"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLmcLbt2Cw

I'll finish with Ambrose Akinmusire as I think I am including too many pianists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKOuk9j0F6U  ("The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNzE2nTCtxE ("Live at the Jazz Standard")

Post script....links to Gerald Clayton Trio *and* Jason Moran!!


Good luck!  Let me know if you have questions!!  (Please email them to thesongis address or post them below.)

Also, the poems you send may be unpublished or published--if you have rights to your poems.  This blog counts as a publication.

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