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Bob Dylan (and Others): Celebrate Poetry in Music, and Performed Literature

  • Kathy's House

    Private residence, Newport Beach, CA (map)

    33.640447 -117.872168

  • I'll be in the kitchen doing last-minute slicing and dicing, and setting out chairs
  • Don't like to read the same book that everybody else does? Neither do we! Looking for an excuse to read books that you wouldn't ordinarily read? So are we. Do you enjoy sharing what you learn with others in a lively discussion? We do, too. Our aim is to explore new intellectual territory, and then come together at a meeting and share what we found in our explorations. At this monthly book club meeting, we discuss any book on a particular theme. Themes in the past have been all over the map: mysteries, Japan, the economy, France, the decline of the middle class, short stories, and American Transcendentalists. 

    In December, we will be exploring the artistic/delightful/creative/emotionally evocative combinations of music and lyrics. Our schedules are especially full with all the extra internet purchasing, company parties, and sleigh-bells-jingling holiday activities, so we are taking a less bookish approach to our December meeting. We invite you to explore the evocative, emotion-rich combinations that music and words can do together that they can't do separately. And also dig into the many forms of poetry that are sung in music.  Maybe you will be inspired by Bob Dylan's form of poetry. Maybe you'll prefer to explore Leonard Cohen's poetic repertoire -- or that of Pink Floyd, or The Beatles...or Anthrax. Because Bob Dylan is also a boundary-stretcher, we're also inviting exploration of boundary-expanding musicians (such as Bela Fleck tracing the roots of the banjo back to Africa).  Perhaps Bob Dylan resonates so strongly with us because of humanity's long history of appreciation of performed literature (going back at least as long ago as Homer), so let's take a look at that other ways that literature is performed, too.

    Listen, read web pages and books of lyrics, binge on YouTube music videos, contemplate, then bring a musical selection with you to share.

    We'll meet at a member's house that is near the intersection of the 55, 73 and 405 freeways. There's plenty of street parking. The meeting will overlap with the dinner hour, so please bring a main dish, side dish, dessert, or drink to share, potluck style. I'll send out directions and a contact phone number twice in the week before the event to people who RSVP 'yes'. The discussions are always lively and engaging, and we tend to finish by 9 pm. 

    We'll discuss at the end of the meeting what topic to tackle next. Possibly: Music and lyrics as a literary art form (inspired by the granting of this year's Nobel prize for literature to Bob Dylan).

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  • Kathleen A.
    Event Host

    I like to read and discuss many topics.

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    I am a nonprofit consultant and grant writer with, probably not surprisingly, progressive values.

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