2006 Audio Roundup

At least once a year, the folks at LitKicks corporate headquarters drag me out of my dungeon and demand my yearly report on the latest audio gems in the literary world. From spoken word to more traditional poetry readings, a verse takes on a life of its own when read by the voice that dreamed it up in the first place. I have a special affinity for the blending of poetry, personality and music, so it’s my pleasure to bring you the 2006 Audio Roundup:

— I have to admit: at first I wasn’t sure what to make of Beat Reality, a new CD by poet Les Merton and the Moontones. I wondered if we’d pushed the idea of “Beat Reality” just about as far as it could go. In this new release, it’s apparent that the beat influence has only just begun to be explored. Les Merton‘s Cornish accent alone would be enough to prompt you to let this CD play on, however it’s the combination of his voice stretched over the jazzy, freewheeling style of his poetry that draws you in deeper, begging further inspection of the stories inside. Backed by the sounds of the somewhat quirky Moontones, Merton’s poetry is Beat to the core, though it has moments where it comes dangerously close to clich

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  1. great infoOne of the things
    great info

    One of the things I’ve always greatly admired about Litkicks is the wealth of information sharing. To me, it’s a very valuable resource; and I’ll check out the links Caryn has provided. And add one – fiction writer Henry Baum has a cd of original music (also at CDBaby or his website http://hbaum.blogspot.com/). Both his blog and his music are well worth reading/listening to. I was amazed by the music – very different, very good.

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