You are welcome to bring your own work and sign up to read with the Ellyn’s band! Show starts at 7:30!
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Mike Stark Says: One of the shows we’re doing LIVE every Wednesday night from the LA Radio Studio is “Nights At The Sound Table”. We will be doing our 31st show this coming Wednesday and in case you haven’t already checked out the program I wanted to invite you to give it a listen. In a world where there is talk radio and music radio, this show is a rarity in that it is a “talk show about music”. Our panelists, most of the time are just music fans, but occasionally we throw in a person of “note” to mix it up a little. Last week we featured John Spiker from Tenacious D and Trainwreck and this week we’re honored to have on our panel – world renown poet Ellyn Maybe. The show is hosted by Filmmaker, writer and music enthusiast, Kevin Poore and I produce the show. The way the show works is that Kevin throws out a “musical question” to the panelists and the chaos ensues. Two examples of the questions you’ll hear this week on the show are:
WHO IS THE GREATEST LYRICIST IN THE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC?
THE MOST PRETENTIOUS ROCK SONG EVER RECORDED IS…?
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Text and Photos by Daniel Yaryan.
Ellyn Maybe and Michael C. Ford inside the Beyond Baroque bookstore before the show.
Round VII: Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts on Friday, July 23, 2010, Venice, CA.
Photo by Mani Suri
ELLYN MAYBE is a dynamic performer (joined on the night of July 23rd at Beyond Baroque by two extremely talented musicians Danny Moynahan and Robbie Fitzsimmons matching her charistmatic artistry) and I’m so honored to have had her be a part of Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts. Maybe’s Rodeo For The Sheepish is getting rave reviews and her set at Sparring was filled with beautifully infectious sound and words connecting the brain to a much needed transfusion of art at its best!
Photo by Mani Suri
MICHAEL C. FORD is not merely a Language Commando but a Five Star General of poetry — once again demonstrating his craft not only to the Beyond Baroque audience on July 23rd but drawing tremendous respect from his poet peers with the highest standards. He has it dialed in impressively — as the crowd witnessed at the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts show. Ford’s work is extremely influential and his accessibility to less-known poets earns him a place of honor among Los Angeles poet greats.
“The recent revival of poets performing with musicians is an interesting trend,” says Brown, who performs with bassist Steve Lanning-Cafaro as The Duende Project. “I know that for The Duende Project, it’s the chance to find ways to present my work differently to an audience; being a musician myself, it gives me a chance to flex different muscles … even though I may not be playing an instrument myself in the duo. Audiences may find a new way into the work through the music; it’s also possible that those who don’t care for poetry just like the music. Whatever the reasons for it.”
For Ellyn Maybe, a Los Angeles poet whose first full-length book was published by Henry Rollins’ 2.13.61 Publishing, and who recently released a poetry CD, “Rodeo for the Sheepish,” with musical accompaniment, the addition of music to a reading is a serious artistic choice.
“I think performing with music can heighten different moods,” says Maybe, “inspire new phrasing and bring out different, more outgoing aspects of oneself. I reference music quite often in my work, so it’s fun to actually work with music. For audiences it can get interactive as sometimes people dance, sing along and shake the fruit shakers at the shows!”
And it’s not just the poets who see artistic value in the collaboration between art forms. It also adds dimensions for the musicians involved.