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Interlacing Music and Literature

Interlacing Music And Literature

It’s no secret that music impacts our everyday lives. It induces moods, sparks memories and is said to be therapeutic, for some. What happens when an artist entwines music and writing? Often, artists explore different means of expression and sometimes the different means influence and enhance one another. One may produce a novel—from the back of a cramped tour bus—exploring his quest for time on the stage with his guitar. Or perhaps one may produce a collection of poems holding a touch of musicality that is just right. Whatever the outcome, manipulating words and music is fun. If you’re interested in seeing the different results, you may be interested in these upcoming events.

Guitars and Novels Featuring: Korby Lenker, Medium Hero & Other Stories

On Thursday (1/14), at 7pm, Korby Lenker will be presenting his first book, Medium Hero and Other Stories, at Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main Street). Korby Lenker was born and raised in Oregon, but spent fifteen years touring as a solo artist—releasing several albums. He currently lives in Nashville, where he continues to write songs and perform.

Lenker’s book features 27 stories inspired by his years as a traveling artist. The website Bacon on the Bookshelf says the debut is packed with “deep thoughts, light touch, the holy mysteries of life, and just a guy trying to figure a few things out.” The book reading might resemble a performance of sorts: singing and guitar swinging may or may not take place between reading passages.

Poetry by a Jazz Pianist Featuring: Michael Frank Hopkins | Kevin Doyle

On Sunday (1/17), at 3pm, a poetry reading (with a $3 admission charge) will take place at Rust Belt Books (415 Grant Street). The Inner Ear Reading Series kicks off the New Year by way of hosting poets Michael Frank Hopkins and Kevin Doyle.

Michael Frank Hopkins is a poet, an educator, jazz critic, and social commentator, and is the author of “A Kind of Twilight” (Smiling Cat Publications). Kevin Doyle is renowned as an excellent jazz pianist and composer with the Sol Y Sombra Latin jazz orchestra (formerly Latin Jazz Project), and smaller ensembles, including Why Not Quartet? It’s an event not to miss.

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