OUT OF THE BLUE
(A 9 /11 ELEGY)
From PoemJazz, my “poetry meets improvised music” collaboration with Robert Pinsky, I’ve learned (mostly thanks to Robert) that a key to unlocking the deeper worlds of poetry is learning how to listen to it. Treat it like non-verbal sounds, like music. Internally, or read by someone, maybe yourself, poetry becomes music.
Hearing it that way and improvising on the piano is always a very profound experience. So much is determined by the reader’s voice. When I heard Dan Masterson read his 9/11 elegy, “Out of the Blue,” I felt a perfect connection between the sound of his voice and the story being told. The music attempts to paint that connection with sound.
“Out of the Blue” conveys human tragedy in its most allegorical and synchronistic terms. Dan’s “music” invites union, his voice with the piano’s, a solemn vehicle for bridging the literal and the abstract with a field of sound.
LAURENCE HOBGOOD, August 2014
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