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World Poetry Celebrates the Lincoln Poetry Club!

Ariadne’s Notes:  World Poetry Celebrates our partner the Lincoln Poetry Club with the first two award winning  poets .  World Poetry was honoured to welcome them and feature their first two poets whose poems were read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show.

A message from the coordinator  Alan Lowe :

“The Poets Club of Lincoln holds an Open Mic the second Sunday of each month, January through November. The program begins with a 30-40 minute presentation by a guest poet followed by an intermission with refreshments. After the break, all poets in attendance may read up to three poems, depending on the number of poets who wish to read. Poets come from Lincoln and surrounding areas. Alan Lowe has been the Coordinator of the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, presented by the club, for ten years. He is responsible for setting up the contest to begin in April— National Poetry Month—publicizing it and the special event held in October at which winning poets read their poems, coordinating and serving as host/moderator of the event, and designing, putting together, and publishing the chapbook of winning poetry.”

First award winning poem on the show. 

Love Is Where You Find It by Jeanie Robertson:

Jeanie Robertson has written poetry since she was in grammar school. She is one of five generations of rhyming poets. They have self-published two books and are doing the final editing on the third book. Jeanie has been published in a local monthly paper many times in the last 15 years. She writes simple poetry about everyday life that is easily identifiable. Writing is her favorite hobby.

LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
She was a chihuahua mix
A terrier mix was he
They had lived together
With a growing family.

Until one day a moving van
Took everything away.
They were not part of the plan
So they were left to stray.

Life was hard and they were sad
But true love kept them strong
They would be “forever friends”
Like lyrics in a song.

A couple one day walking
Took home the little strays
And life forever after
Would be their favorite days.

Their people must live somewhere
Near this family neighborhood
And someone may be frantic
If these pets are gone for good.

It seemed no one was looking
For this little girl and guy
And the couple who were walking
Couldn’t help but wonder why.

The pups continued following
Them right to their front door,
Their little tails wagging,
As tho they’d been here before.

These caring people took them in
Perhaps they’d find a clue
To whom the friendly pups belonged
And what next they should do.

The dogs did not have collars
No ID tags where they live
The couple knew these little ones
Had so much love to give.

These kind people, were Beth and Bud,
Intent to find the home
Of precious little furry friends
Left on the streets to roam.

Beth checked with the authorities
For ID chips within
But seems they never had them
Buried deep beneath their skin.

Then Beth and Bud put flyers
All around the neighborhood
But nobody responded…
Now the dogs were theirs for good!

They named them Chance and Sadie
Living there, but the best part?
The dogs now have A SECOND CHANCE
And family with a heart.

by Jeanie Robertson, Award winning poem, Lincoln Club. (C) All rights reserved.

 

 

Second award winning  poet with her poem:

Kathleen Ward was born in Lockport, NY, but moved to California at the age of 12. She graduated from the California State University at Sacramento with a degree in English, and taught junior high school in Los Banos, CA, for twenty-five years. She is a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, CA and has won several awards for her poetry. She is now retired and living in Lincoln, CA, where she spends her time writing poetry and fiction when she is not busy traveling or playing with her grandchildren.

If I Had A Second Chance
I would have given a dollar
Or a hamburger
To the homeless woman
Huddled by the off-ramp,
Her eyes and face as droopy
As her worn-out cardboard sign.
I would have held doors open
For people even when
They did not need the help
And I would remember to
Thank those who took the time
To open doors for me.
I would have stopped to answer
My three-year-old’s question,
Even though it was
The twentieth time she’d asked one
In the past ten minutes
And I’d answered them all before.
I would have tape-recorded
My grandma’s stories
The ones I loved when growing up,
So that my children could hear
Them in Grandma’s words, and bask
In the sweet tones of her voice.
I would have spent more time
Walking on the beach at sunrise
Hiking dark trails through the woods
Picking wildflowers by the roadside
Dancing with butterflies
Laughing with old friends.
If I had a second chance. 

by Kathleen Ward, Lincoln, CA (C) All rights reserved by the author.

World Poetry Celebrates Island Poet Michelle Merlindt!

Ariadne’s Notes: Don’t miss this special show on now !LISTEN HERE! 

Two special guests brought back by popular acclaim!  Michelle Merlindt, July 26, 1-2 PM PST. World Poetry Café, 100.5 FM CFRO.1:10 PM PST Poetess from Thetis Island, BC with  the Persian Carpet, a long rhyming poem
& the Legendary Filmmaker Foster Corder, from LA with news about Dolemite and his last interview with him. Foster’s feature will be on next.
 World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, Victor Swartzman, super sound engineer and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by the Stillness Within and the amazing Ernie  

E-Poems by Jeanie Robertson of the Lincoln Club, Danny Teller from China and Foster Corder. Big Bessie Stories by Sharon Rowe and Poetic News. Introduction to new WP Media Correspondent Vani Pradeep and Jeanne Probst.

 

 “Michelle Merlindt was born in a remote region of Australia and spent her childhood on a farm in the bush.  Since then she has lived in eight countries.  Due to her profession as a racehorse veterinarian, she spent thirteen years in Dubai where she first began to write and explore poetry.  Now settled in the Gulf Islands of Canada she continues to pursue spoken word poetry in charming old-fashioned rhyme as a means of storytelling.  Like a little piece of chocolate for the imagination, her poems are meant to delight the listener.  Since she loves history and overlooked fragments of culture, each of her poems, set in a faraway land, is like a magical voyage to another time and place.

At heart I’ve always been a treasure hunter.  I’m always dreaming of finding something rare, even obscure, something long forgotten yet timelessly precious.  I’ve lived all over the world and often the little treasures that seem so exotic to my foreign eyes are second nature, absolutely commonplace and overlooked by those who have always lived among them.  For me, these treasures are not souvenirs to be squeezed into a suitcase but fragments of history, custom and culture.  They are the inspiration for stories of my own.  The Pearl of Dubai, The Lost Library of Alexandria, The Persian Carpet and The Figurine are the best of these.  I hope you enjoy them. https://www.michellemerlindt.com/

Here is the last feature on site: http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=12768 “

 

 

 

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Pianist and Composer, Danny Green!

 

*World Poetry Peace Gift poems, over 900 were given away at UBC during the last WP Peace and Human Right Festival.

 

  Ariadne’s Notes:Wonderful guests on the World Poetry Café last week , Thursday, July 19, 1-2 PM  Alara Bretanne, Canada and Danny Green USA ! Tune into the World Poetry Café Radio Show celebrating our 20th year!  It was exciting to interview Danny with his beautiful new CD  One Day It Will.

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To buy the CD or learn more about upcoming events; www.dannygreen.net

Also featured  on the show was Jeanie Robertson at her website is: www.jeaniepoet.com  First award winning poet 2017 from the  Lincoln Club, our new partners with her award winning poem : Love is Where You Find It, a poem about  dogs, which would delight our next weeks guest the legendary  filmmaker Foster Corder! Also, a lovely e-poem from Monsif Beroual from Morocco was read by Tech Victor Swartzman and O Iraq, a dream poem was read by Ariadne Sawyer.  WP correspondent Jeanne Claire Probst was again on the show with her weekly inspirational poems read by Ariadne.Another favorite story by Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Stories completed the show , 

link:  http://www.amazon.com/Big-Bessie-Stories-Sharon-Rowe/dp/1926457005/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416163528&sr=1-2&keywords=big+Bessie

 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

 

Featured Musician: Danny Green

 

 

 

 

 

A rising force on the jazz scene and an award-winning Origin Records recording artist, pianist and composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. His Original compositions – a vivid blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian elements – delights critics and audiences across the country and around the world.

Green’s talents have taken him from the Blue Note in New York City to the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and his work has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, the San Diego Union Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and JazzEd. According to JazzReview.com, “Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his own…an individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

A Southern California native, Green began studying classical piano at the age of five. His passion for music was apparent early on — his parents had to pull him away from the piano at his first recital. As they tugged him by his right hand, he continued playing with his left hand. At the age of twelve, Green grew disenchanted with reading music and quit lessons. He taught himself to play by ear and spent the next two years only playing Nirvana. Toward the end of high school, he fell in love with Afro Cuban music, which led to his discovery of Brazilian music and eventually jazz.

Green resumed his formal training at UC San Diego, where he studied jazz piano with Grammy-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta and classical piano with John Mark Harris and Luciane Cardassi. He performed the first jazz honors recital at UCSD and received the Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award. Green continued his education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at San Diego State University, where he studied jazz piano with Rick Helzer. He was awarded several scholarships and named “Outstanding Graduate.” In 2013, Green was honored as an “Alumni to Watch” from SDSU’s School of Music and Dance.

The Danny Green Trio features the talents of upright and electric bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm.  Since its formation in 2010, the trio has performed at notable venues, series, and festivals across the county, including the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Shapeshifter Lab (NYC), The Blue Whale (LA), Vibrato Jazz Grill (LA), The Lilypad (Cambridge), The Loft @ UCSD, KSDS KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (San Diego), CSU Summer Arts Monterey (residency), the Integrity Jazz festival in North Dakota, TEDxUCSD, The Sound Room (Oakland), Tula’s Jazz Club (Seattle), Jazz Live at Marine View Church (Tacoma), and the KSDS Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival. The trio was chosen to be a resident artist in the San Diego Museum of Art’s 2013 Summer Residency Project.

Green revealed his unique talents on his 2009 debut recording With You In Mind, which won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release A Thousand Ways Home, featuring Justin Grinnell on bass, Julien Cantelm on drums, and Tripp Sprague on sax, as well as a talented cast of guest artists inducing guitarists Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague, and Dusty Brough, Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela, and mandolinist Eva Scow. That album was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012,” and was nominated “Best Jazz Album” at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards.

In 2014, the Danny Green Trio, comprised of Green, Grinnell, and Cantelm, released the highly-acclaimed album After The Calm on OA2 Records. Featuring ten of Green’s compositions, the album received much praise from the press and nationwide radio play. JazzWax described the album as “A highly impressive album that will knock you out,” and the San Diego Troubadour called it, “Unconditionally recommended to anyone who appreciates good jazz, instrumental music or soundtracks.” After The Calm won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2015 San Diego Music Awards and was nominated for “Album of the Year.”

The trio recorded their 2016 release, Altered Narratives, at New York City’s famed Sear Sound recording studio with award-winning producer Matt Pierson. Released on OA2 Records, the album consists of eleven original compositions by Green. The three tunes at the center of the album feature the trio with a string quartet led by violinist Antoine Silverman, a widely admired New York classical and studio player. All About Jazz critic Dan McClenaghan commented, “There’s nothing that adds a touch of elegance to a jazz set more than an adeptly-done string arrangement, and these are superb; violins, viola and cello in a sinuous, sometimes whispering embrace with a vibrant, top-notch piano trio, delving into Danny Green’s distinguished compositions.”  The album remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart for fourteen weeks and earned high praise from critics worldwide.

Since the release of Altered Narratives, Green has continued composing music for trio plus strings and performing it. The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings’s debut performance at New York City’s Shapeshifter Lab featured members of the New York based chamber ensemble, Hotel Elefant, along with special guest Chico Pinheiro on guitar. Other performances include a live radio broadcast on KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, featuring members of the San Diego Symphony, TEDxSan Diego, the Museum of Making Music, and the Western Arts Alliance Juried Showcase in Seattle. NBC San Diego reviewed their Jazz Live performance noting,  “Green’s acuity for string writing and the seamless integration of the quartet and the improvising trio were nothing short of sterling.” The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings is currently in production on a new album, slated for release on Origin Records in April 2018.

Green is also highly devoted to music education. In addition to teaching private lessons, he is a faculty member of the annual Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop, teaches piano at Grossmont Community College, and presents a jazz appreciation workshop at elementary schools as part of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library’s outreach program. Green directed the jazz ensemble at Coronado School of the Arts from 2014-2017, and was an artist in residence at Canyon Crest Academy and at CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

Source  with thanks to Braitwaite and Katz  and  www.dannygreen.net

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