I don’t obsess over the biographies of rock stars, dead or alive, so it is no surprise that I did not know Jimi Hendrix was something of a science fiction fan. Frank Hudson’s Parlando Project re-imagines Hendrix as a “pioneering 20th Century Afro-Futurist” and speculates what might have been had he played the electric typewriter rather than guitar:
The above is a slideshow of might-have-been book covers. I recommend full screen and headphones. Note the blurb from Robert Christgau on the “Third Stone from the Sun” cover. Christgau is a rock critic who gave Hendrix’s Monterey Pop Festival performance four thumbs down.
One of my favorite attempts to define poetry is to call it “Words that want to break into song”.
What is it that poetry wants to do by striving to sing? I think it wants to include the pure pleasure of sound and rhythm to words. It wants that like a lover wants their beloved. It’s not a clever plan. Poetry’s desire here is not some technique, some tactic to dress up words in a fancy way. It just wants it.
And what about music? Well, it’s got its drives, its desires too. It wants to find its logic, its pattern. It’s always speaking to time, saying to time that it knows better than time itself how time sounds and moves. Music is always explaining to time what it contains.
I’m not a musician. I’m not a poet. And, yes, that does make a difference in one’s appreciation of poetry and of music. So it’s mildly odd that this should be among my favorite blogs. Even so, I’ve done what rarely happens with blogs: I’ve read every post. Even when Hudson goes in directions I’m disinclined to follow or falls short of his goal, the post that accompanies his performance always teaches me something new. Can’t beat that, even without mentioning the frequently wry graphics. I don’t even suggest that you do as I did and read it all, but if you have an interest in poetry then this is a blog worth following.