for the lost
The Talking Songs of Brian Brett.
the saltspring collective
(Ramesh Meyers, Susheela Dawne, Brian Brett)
There's nothing like it in the world of the spoken word. A homage to
variety, a nod to Kurt Weill, Philip Glass, Paul Revere and the
Raiders, Celtic ballads, John Trudell, and Kenneth Rexroth doing jazz
at the Nighthawk, with a bit of a rough edge and a latin/grunge punky
flavour, spiced with a lot of irony and angst and celebrations.
"Brian Brett manages to sing without actually singing in these aptly named "talking songs". He's one-third of the Saltspring Collective, and his veteran poet's voice meshes perfectly with an eclectic mix of music ranging from Beat jazz and traditional folk to Celtic and Asian influences provided by Susheela Dawne and Ramesh Meyers.
From jeremiads like "Neruda's Dead Flower" to the comic-jazz "Two Old ladies" and the hilarious poetic rant "May-yo", Brett is in top form, but it's nice to hear Dawne's voice used extensively as well. Meyer's professional production makes this another CD that really shows what poetry and music can do together."
Vancouver Sun, November 22, 2003
|The Poems (lyrics and mp3)
Evening Moves sample
Neruda's Dead Flower sample
Blue Heron Moon sample
Single Crow in a Deadly Sky sample
Another One in the Oven sample
Two Old Ladies sample
The Swimming Hole sample
The Master Calligrapher School sample
Praise of the Cheap Hotel sample
When I Lie with the Dying Lamb sample
Real Life (can you imagine it?) sample
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