The Music of Bengal

lilting Tagore songs sparkle with a strange beauty hot Bengali nights Kim M. Russell, 14th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1496 Rabindra Sangeet, the music of Bengal Another episode in India brings us to Bengal and a kind of music that has only words written by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), music known as Rabindra […]

Uncubing Tesseract

A triplet of notes, a single wavering flame echoed by another in a gust of melody. Hush of voice unweathered modulates light and promise tethered by emotional tourniquet until the song spreads wings and skips on time changes like glottal stops. The volume dies, almost to a whisper, and a syncopated drum contains the pressure […]

Poetry in the Music

I came to poetry through music. My mother was very musical and loved to sing. She had a broad taste and, instead of lullabies, she would perform popular songs of the day to get me to sleep, songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra; Harry Belafonte’s ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ (which reminds me of mum) and […]