Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan 🎉

🎶“Ah, but I was so much older then / I’m younger than that now” (1)🎶 Today Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, turns eighty “I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” (2)“Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest… Read More Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan 🎉

Music

English poet and playwright Robert Browning was born on 7 May 1812, and died in 1889. In his dramatic monologue Balaustion’s Adventure (1871) we read a beautiful line (l. 323): “And (he) who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once” “E chi ascolta la musica, sente la sua solitudine popolarsi all’improvviso”

🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction & translation)

If you’re down and confused And you don’t remember who you’re talking to Concentration slips away Because your baby is so far away Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove And the eagle flies with the dove And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey Love the one you’re with Don’t… Read More 🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction & translation)

31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday

    Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, often called the father of free verse. His poetry celebrated modern life and took on subjects considered taboo at the time: particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The following poem “Carpe Diem” is… Read More 31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday

Bob Marley

🎸🎸🎸Bob Marley (Robert Nesta Marley) : 1945 – 11 May 1981🎸🎸🎸 Five quotes 🎸 “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth  suffering for” “La verità è che tutti ti feriranno; tu devi solo trovare quelli per cui vale la pena soffrire.” 🎸 “Love the life… Read More Bob Marley

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” (2. analysis)

The  melody is based on “Plaisir d’amour”, a popular French love song composed in 1784 by a German with an Italian name, Jean-Paul Egide-Martini. The song was initially written for a woman as “rom“, which explains the first and third line ending on “in” and “sin” rather than words rhyming with “you”. Elvis Presley‘s version… Read More “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (2. analysis)