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I Sing Out My Poems Till Dawn

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Paul Celan  Todesfuge
reading his own poem  
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George Crumb
Ensemble New Art, conductor Fuat Kent 
Song For The Rider, 1860
based on a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca 
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Talking Heads  I Zimbra
based on a poem by Hugo Ball 
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Činna  Architekt
based on a poem by Christian Morgenstern 
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De Kift  Zeis
based on a poem by Sergey Yesenin, translated into Dutch by Maria Wiebes and Margriet Berg 
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Billy Bragg  A Pict Song
based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling 
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Tom Waits  Nirvana
based on a poem by Charles Bukowski 
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Gy÷rgi Kurtßg
Chamber Ensemble, Istvßn Gßti, conductor Andrßs Mihßly 
VerTs/Beating
based on a poem by Jßnos Pilinszky 
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Syd Barrett  Golden Hair
based on a poem by James Joyce 
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The Blue Aeroplanes  The Applicant
based on a poem by Sylvia Plath 
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The Divine Comedy  Lucy
based on fragments of poems by William Wordsworth 
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Brad Mehldau & RenTe Fleming  I Love The Dark Hours Of My Being
based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated into English by Anita Barrows and Joanna R. Macy 
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John Vanderslice  My Old Flame
based on a poem by Robert Lowell 
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John Cale  The Moon
based on a poem by Jack Kerouac 
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The Waterboys  The Stolen Child
based on a poem by William Butler Yeats 
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De Kift  De Zee
based on a poem by Boris Ryzhy, translated into Dutch by Anne Stoffel 
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Vic Chesnutt  One Of Many
based on a poem by Stevie Smith 
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Will Oldham  The Risen Lord
based on a poem by D.H. Lawrence 
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Paul Celan  Psalm
reading his own poem 
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Comment:

Here's one to make myself look all culturally distinguished, or something. (I think "hopelessly geeky" was the word I was looking for.) It's a mix made up entirely of poems set to music (though sometimes with lyrical adaptions). Well, the bookends aren't set to music, strictly speaking - but, uh, they qualify on account of the fact that fugues and psalms are musical pieces? No wait, I am not going to get all defensive about my love for Paul Celan here. They're here because they're awesome, and because I have yet to hear a musical realisation of any of Celan's poems that would do the man justice. I don't have a clue how this sounds to you non-German speakers out there, of course, but if it means nothing to you, I trust that you'll know how to fast forward the first few minutes. In any case, you can give this a listen here if you want to.

Title taken from the English translation (as printed in the booklet of the De Kift album 7) of the poem "Yes, it's done..." by Sergey Yesenin, of which De Kift do a rendition in Dutch on track 5.

PS: If the translation of the Rilke's Stundenbuch that Mehldau and Fleming are using is the best one there is, then I do feel sorry for those of you that don't speak German.

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Thomas_Mohr
Date: 1/21/2007
Gerade der spSte Celan klingt auch fnr deutsche Ohren (wie die meinen) doch bisweilen arg prezi÷s, um nicht zu sagen prStenti÷s; und sein Vortrag grenzt fnr meinen - zugegebenrma¯en unerheblichen - Geschmack hier und da ans LScherliche (Shlich wie, sagen wir, Neuenfels' 60er-Jahre-Lesungen von Novalis-Gedichten: schauderhaft - und in ihrer unfa¯baren Gespreiztheit urkomisch). Aber das ist natnrlich auch - und nicht zuletzt - Geschmackssache. Ansonsten finde ich die Idee sehr sch÷n - und das "I Zimbra" auf einem Ball-Gedicht beruht, war mir auch neu. Thumbs up.
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Thomas_Mohr
Date: 1/21/2007
Dass (dass!) das aber auch nie ohne Tippfehler abgeht . . .
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ofthaltned
Date: 1/21/2007
Thomas - Hui. Nun ja, dass die gewShlten Celan-Gedichte beide nicht aus seinem SpStwerk stammen, ist, sagen wir mal, nicht unbedingt ein Zufall, auch wenn ich's so hart nicht formuliert hStte. Den Vorwurf der PreziositSt finde ich in dem Fall eigentlich problematischer als den der PrStention, was m÷glicherweise nur daran liegt, dass es mir hier schwer fSllt, zwischen Leben und Werk zu trennen. Die Kritik am Vortragsstil kann ich nachvollziehen (wobei poetische Lesungen meiner Erfahrung nach da immer ein bisschen eine Gratwanderung sind - ich sollte an dieser Stelle aber vielleicht anmerken, dass ich da nicht wahnsinnig bewandert bin), teile sie aber - no na - selbst nicht. -h ja, wie war das noch mal mit meinem Vorsatz, "I am not going to get all defensive about my love for Paul Celan here"? Ha.
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hemizen
Date: 1/21/2007
Am I allowed to comment if I don't speak German? If so I love the the concept and execution. Wunderbar
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Bear
Date: 1/21/2007
This looks great. And Paul Celan reading! I don't know who could match him musically. Such austerity. It would have to be like a solo cello or something. I don't think R Kelly could do it, anyway.
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jonpoi
Date: 1/21/2007
There once was a guy who drank bourbon, and listened to music sans turban. When he came upon a mix, of poems with licks, he nodded zehr gut 'cause that's all of his German.
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fritz1
Date: 1/21/2007
who cares if herr mohr actually like celan or not? it's a fucking great idea for a mix! :P just kidding, thomas. this looks like a fun ride!
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Mixxer
Date: 1/21/2007

Alex - Killer idea for a mix! It's a literary achievement like we haven't seen 'round here before. Outstanding work (in spite of what Thomas says, ha, ha).
(What did Thomas say?)

Here's a poem while your hand heals:



Werther had a love for Charlotte
Such as words could never utter;
Would you know how first he met her?
She was cutting bread and butter.

Charlotte was a married lady,
And a moral man was Werther,
And for all the wealth of Indies
Would do nothing for to hurt her.
So he sigh'd and pin'd and ogled,
And his passion boil'd and bubbled,
Till he blew his silly brains out,
And no more was by it troubled.
Charlotte, having seen his body
Borne before her on a shutter,
Like a well-conducted person,
Went on cutting bread and butter.

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Leif Averageson
Date: 1/21/2007
This looks very, very nice. Top marks. (As an aside, and if you're interested, the folk singer Greg Brown did an album called Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience, putting music to the poems of William Blake. I'd be more than willing to forward the album if you haven't heard it. Perhaps in a trade for the above?)
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Leif Averageson
Date: 1/21/2007
Ah, just noticed the link. I'll forward all the same. Just let me know.
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musicgnome
Date: 1/21/2007
Stunning...
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French Connection
Date: 1/21/2007
Roses are red,violets are blue, your love of Celan is up to you. Whilst I have to admit I'm ignorant regaeding Celan, I can at least appreciate the effort expended in creating this mix, bravo mon ami.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 1/21/2007
hey, i actually know lots of these. looks interesting, alexandra, i'll give it a spin soon...
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sammyg123
Date: 1/21/2007
Incredible. Outstanding. Exceptional. Encore!
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Rob Conroy
Date: 1/21/2007
This is gorgeously impressive, but then again, what else should I expect from you? :-)
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GambleOn
Date: 1/21/2007
Really interesting idea, and great execution!
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blasikin
Date: 1/21/2007
This is a keeper, and would surely go to trainspotter's paradise were it not for technical difficulties.
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 1/22/2007
Wow, this looks incredible. Great idea / execution.
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G-Sphere
Date: 1/22/2007
Very interesting idea and impressive results.
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Nomates
Date: 1/22/2007
Of course track 15 is based on one of the finest poems ever written. Opinions, eh? It's so annoying that everyone seems to have them.. I too "feel sorry for those" that don't speak German, and I'm one of them.This is a tremendous idea, beautifully realised.
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valis
Date: 1/23/2007
Outstanding.
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RubyTwoShoes
Date: 1/23/2007
Fantastic, great idea, beautiful mix from what I can tell.
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RubyTwoShoes
Date: 1/23/2007
Fantastic, great idea, beautiful mix from what I can tell.
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Dead Man
Date: 1/25/2007
This is really inspired.
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Mesh
Date: 1/26/2007
Great mix idea, looks very intriguing, even if I don't know much.
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zeke
Date: 1/26/2007
very nice.
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tornadoZ
Date: 1/26/2007
congratulations! while listening to your mix for the second time this morning, I logged on to AotM because I was compelled to select it as mix of the week if a new one hadn't yet been chosen. (great choice, Mixxer!) what you've done here is unusual, gorgeous, atmospheric, original and terrific. the Činna and Waits tracks and the 11 to 17 stretch are especially nice. if we're lucky, hopeless geeks will one day rule the world.
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Barrydali
Date: 1/26/2007
Alex this is mouth wateringly gorgeous and a richly deserved MotW! Kudos to Ed for handing out the accolade. I will enjoy listening to this tonight. Thank you for the download.
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musicgnome
Date: 1/26/2007
Congrats on MoTW! Well deserved!!!
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Troubbble
Date: 1/26/2007
This is a really brilliant concept for a mix. Amaaazing.
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deja_vu_all_over_again
Date: 1/27/2007
Can only echo those below in saying this is brilliant / inventive / wholly impressive. Well deserved mix of the week - looking forward to giving it a spin.
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gobi
Date: 1/27/2007
sehr gut . . . mix of the week is truly deserved.
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valis
Date: 1/28/2007
Congrat's and a tip o' the helmet!!!
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Siobhan
Date: 1/28/2007
This is extremely cool - and many congrats on the MotW accolade, which is, like gobi says, richly deserved. You executed the theme wonderfully well here. I love the Will Oldham pick especially, as D.H. is one of my favourite authors.
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p the swede
Date: 1/28/2007
marvellous piece of work
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sammyg123
Date: 1/29/2007
Hugely deserved MotW, very happy you were awarded the honour. A great mix from a great mixer. Oh, and thanks for making me a last fm friend!!
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vivycakes
Date: 1/31/2007
Amazing!
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Muzag
Date: 2/8/2007
Marvellous :)
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neverabsolutely
Date: 9/12/2007
woah. kudos.

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