Pictured above (left to right): Maya Angelou, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys and Jimmy Webb.
With rhythm—and frequently, rhyme—at the core of both poetry and music, it comes as no surprise that the worlds of these two prominent forms of self-expression have frequently overlapped.
In honor of National Poetry Month, today we’re celebrating five of the many talented artists who’ve been honored for their achievements in both fields! Continue reading
“The times they are a-changin’” for the Swedish Academy, which recently announced American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan as the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Their nonconventional selection marks the first time the highest honor in the literary world has been awarded to a popular musician. In their announcement, the Nobel committee cited Dylan’s “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” as being worthy of the achievement, which has traditionally been given to renowned authors including Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Jean-Paul Sartre. Beyond the recognition of Dylan’s literary achievement, this year’s award also shows the Nobel Prize’s commitment to redefining the boundaries of literature. Continue reading
Everyone’s favorite mosh-pit polka band returns to Arlington, Texas, this Friday to kick off Levitt Arlington’s 2015 Fall Concert Series—continuing an annual tradition that started when the band kicked off the venue’s very first concert in 2008. This two-time GRAMMY-winning band has wowed Levitt audiences across the nation, with performances at Levitt Arlington (2008-2015), Levitt Los Angeles (2007), Levitt Shell (2008, 2011, 2013) and Levitt Westport (2009, 2012). With joyful music and contagious energy, Brave Combo is inspiring a new generation of polka fans. Continue reading
One of my favorite stories about Martin Luther King Jr. involves music. Or rather, comes back to an interaction between him and legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson during King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Continue reading