Ballads, Bob Dylan and Beyond: The Music Of Literature

Join us for this special event Monday, June 25th in the Caetani Centre Studio Gallery

Doors open at 6:30 pm – show starts at 7:00 pm

Admission by Donation

Tom Wayman head shot
Tom Wayman

Poetry began as song lyrics, or recited to musical accompaniment. Indeed, most anthologies that cover the span of English-language literature begin with ballad lyrics. Music and he literary arts have remained linked ever since, most recently illustrated by the awarding of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to singer-song writer Bob Dylan.

photograph of Mark Nishihara and John Lent
(From left) Mark Nishihara and John Lent

The musical duo of John Lent and Mark Nishihara join with author Tom Wayman in a presentation that celebrates the interconnection of these two art forms. Their performance was originally developed in support of Wayman’s 2017 collection of poems about music, Helpless Angels. That volume, among its other concerns, muses on Wayman’s generation being the first in human history to be able to listen to any music they want, any time they want, any place they want. Lent and Nishihara recap some songs important to that generation, as well as the best of Lent’s own tunes from his start as a performer to the 21st Century.

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