Some Places Are Forever: New Music Inspired by Richard Hugo’s Poems

Some Places Are Forever: New Music Inspired by Richard Hugo’s Poems

Composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, a repeat resident and father of former BMC staffer Nica Horvitz, has just released Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo), a suite of instrumental interpretations of poems by poet Richard Hugo.  Wayne and Nica researched the project on a two-week trip through Montana to visit places mentioned in Hugo’s work.  Nica chronicled the journey in a photo blog.  Wayne gathered musician colleagues from the groups Sweeter Than the Day and The Gravitas Quartet to record the work.

If Not For You

If Not For You

Bob Dylan’s autobiography Chronicles offers a good demonstration of the old saw that great artists steal — though in fact, I wish we’d get rid of the theft image here. Let us say instead that great artists are commoners. They enter and live in that vast inheritance, the cultural commons.

Would it be possible to map Dylan’s own debts to that heritage? He himself tells us a lot about where to look.

Labor Troubadour Tackles Climate Change 1

Labor Troubadour Tackles Climate Change

Joe Uehlein, a former AFL-CIO official who now is President of the Labor Network for Sustainability, kicked off the final session of this year’s Just Giving conference—a summit of sorts bringing forward-looking foundations and activists under one roof to explore winning strategies for a green, equitable economy.