Posts Tagged ‘spoken word’

Ellyn’s Page on Red Fez

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

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Join Ellyn and the Band Tomorrow for Poetry Rodeo at Beyond Baroque!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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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Asheville Poetry Review of Rodeo for the Sheepish

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

asheville_poetry_ellyn_review_hen_house_studiosEllyn Maybe. Rodeo for the Sheepish. Hen House Studios, 2010. $15. By J. W. Bonner

Rodeo for the Sheepish takes this listener back to the heady delights of the caffeinated conversations of grad school, referencing midnight movies and sharing passages from dog-eared paperbacks. The woman declaiming these poems with a defiant and radiant lilt takes all of life’s insults and disappointments and transforms them into songs which turn life on its head, creating a world that allows for possibilities belied by facts.

The music on the cd has a lite hip hop, r&b, jazzy beat. The background singers and music (keyboards, percussion, saxophone, trombone) weave in and around Maybe’s spoken words/lyrics. The voice and chorus and music sound fully integrated. Maybe’s lyrics are filled with longings for connections: with art, books, movies, people. Sexual yearning lies underneath many of the pieces, but above the body and sexual persona exists the artistic persona. One song/poem, “Being an Artist,” has one of the most emphatic rhythmic percussive breaks in any of the songs, something along the lines of African drumming, and the lines near the end of the poem suggest that the artist is inhabited by the Muse, her soul thieved as in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: “Being an artist / is an active verb / a noun / a consonant / an adjective in a world full of chaotic life sentences.” The pun of the last line makes clear that only the artist is truly free in this world; the rest are incarcerated in the routines of mass life.

Wry, emotional honesty underlies these poems. Whether spoofing with female sexual identity as defined by women (as opposed to definitions imposed by society) or playing with the dualities of mind and body, Maybe does not hold back on truths. One song acknowledges that “it’s not easy being a woman who knows the difference between / Gene Kelly and Gene Krupa. Miles Davis and Miles Traveled. / I know how men make women wear armor of all kinds.” Here’s the cat-call from the city street, a man yelling (still) at the 40-year-old, “Hey Mars Girl, get off the Earth.” There’s humor in the phrase, but there’s a sting in the phrasing.

Ellyn Maybe gives any number of shout-outs to influences and pleasures. She’s a fan of the Go-Go’s, Peggy Lee, the Supremes, B-52s, Henry Miller, Kubrick, Truffaut, Leonard Cohen, and others. How many times does one find Truffaut rhymed with 400 Blows? Leonard Cohen, in fact, is mentioned in two of the poem/songs. One poem is titled “Sylvia Plath”; another, “Picasso.” These references populate each song, serving as check points for the audience—a hipster gauge. Music, film, books evoke personal identity, as when Annie Ernaux writes in Simple Passion, “the cultural standards governing emotion which have influenced me since childhood (Gone with the Wind, Phedre or the songs of Edith Piaf) are just as decisive as the Oedipus complex.

“ Music’s got the power, in Maybe’s pantheon, and reverting to the origins of poem and music potentially doubles the poetic weight with the listener. (Others are pushing into these waters: Jeffery Beam and Asheville Poetry Review’s own Keith Flynn, among many.) Maybe corrals those made sheepish by the masses of society, lassoes the insults, and rides the herd, unable to be bucked by life, “as if she had a fly paper ass.”

J. W. Bonner reviews regularly for Asheville Poetry Review. He is working on a manuscript about the Sixties, examining more specifically the #1 AM radio hits of 1969. He teaches in the Humanities Department at Asheville School.

More Vancouver Dates for Ellyn!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010


Ellyn Maybe on Nights At The Sound Table Tonight @ 7:30pm!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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:




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Ellyn Maybe and Her Band Jam with Jackson Browne for the Plastic Pollution Coalition

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Ellyn Maybe and Jackson Browne rocked the crowd the night before the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s heavy-weight Tedx Event at the Annenburg Community Beach House. Ellyn was among many incredible speakers, scientists, artists and activists all working to raise public awareness about plastic pollution and the crisis of our oceanic ecosystems. The reception for the event couldn’t have been more beautiful and the focus of the evening couldn’t have been more pressing. Check out the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s important work here and enjoy some photos from the event!
Plastic Pollution Coalition Fete at the Marion Davis Beachhouse

Plastic Pollution Coalition Fete at the Marion Davis Beach House

Robbie Fitzsimmons and Danny Moynahan Rock Out Amidst the Artwork

Robbie Fitzsimmons and Danny Moynahan Rock Out Amidst the Artwork

View from the Beachhouse

View from the Beach House

Ellyn and the Band Rehearse with Jackson at Sunset

Ellyn and the Band Jam with Jackson at Sunset

Robbie, Ellyn and Jackson after the Gig!

Robbie, Ellyn and Jackson after the Gig!

Join us Tonight for Poetry Rodeo at Beyond Baroque!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Poetry Rodeo starts at 7:30 TONIGHT!

*Remember you are welcome to bring your own work and sign up to read with the Ellyn’s band!2010-09-30_19-43-37_910

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Gorgeous New Video! Parallel Universe off of Rodeo for the Sheepish

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Video by: Jacob Mendel

New Video! Ellyn Maybe – Sylvia Plath

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Video by: Nisey Jay and Riccardo Spinotti

Next Friday, October 22 I’m participating in Hen House Studios Presents…a night of Poetry and Music at Beyond Baroque!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010