Ariadne`s note: A wonderful evening on the World Poetry Café Radio Show on Tuesday night with the talented musician and songwriter Enrico Renz!Guest host Anita Aguirre Nieveras and Ariadne Sawyer along with tech Kelly welcomed Enrico to the show. He showcased three songs that were inspired by World Poetry New Westminster; songs for Bernice Lever, Jacqueline Maire and for Oscar Peterson. A poem for Mandela by Una Bruhns was read at the opening. The other poem : Keepers of the Fire by Richard Doiron will be read in the future. To listen to the show CLICK HERE!
Here is a photo from last night’s show!
Enrico Renz, Song writer and poet writes:
“I’ve just recently begun to perform my songs again after a twenty-five year hiatus. They’ve matured nicely. There are some new ones too. I like it when a song comes to me in such a way that I surprise myself. I see myself more as a song gardener than a song builder. The work lies in tending the song. It takes a lot of time and care and just being with the song to let it grow.
Playing chess and playing improvised music for contact dancers, are two other things I do passionately. Both these pastimes reflect on my approach to song writing.
Chess is all about creativity. To be successful, you have to imagine possibilities one step further than your opponent. But chess is also about precision. A single over-looked pawn can render the most elaborate strategies meaningless. Coordinating the rhyme, rhythm, sense and mood of a song so that not a note or syllable seems awkward, feels a lot like dreaming up and pulling off a spectacular checkmating sequence.
On the other hand, improvising with dancers is all about spontaneity. The music and the dance influence one another profoundly, but when the flow is perfect, there is no telling who is leading whom; the dance feels true. While my song writing involves considerable crafting, I’m still reaching for that same flow and that same truth.”