Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, November 15 at 1-130 PM PST, CFRO 100.5 FM featured the talented and amazing Randall Stephen Hall with music, poetry and stories! Due to a time difference, he was not able to call in but our radio audience greatly enjoyed his music and bio as we read from the fascinating Canada Link which is listed below. Also, we welcomed the wonderful Peter Nelson with his new CD;Ash, Dust and the Chalkboard Cinema, He shared his unique story of healing and recovery and added suggestions. The music mirrors his story and is very healing. Peter comes to us courtesy of Braitwaite and Katz. World Poetry Contributors: Alaha Ahar from Afghanistan and the US with tips and a poem by regular contributor Jeanne Probst. The team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Host and producer, Victor Schwartzman super tech and special Volunteer Sharon Rowe completed the team.
“I travelled to Vancouver Island in 2000 and in 2001 I travelled to Sioux Valley Reserve (near Brandon) which I found interesting too. Both trips were a kind of pilgrimage, back to Canada, where my great grandfather, William Frederick, had been born in 1864.”
“His father, Richard, was born in Westmeath, in Ireland in 1828. He had joined the army in 1848, around the time of the Irish Famine. His own journey had taken him to Cape Colony, South Africa and India during the Indian Mutiny. He travelled to Canada in 1861 where his first 6 children were born.”
On my trip to Vancouver Island I went to look at the native art and to hopefully have contact with some native practitioners themselves. Along the way I visited Ladysmith, Duncan, Cowichan, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Port Alberni, Tofino, Port Hardy, Fort Rupert and Alert Bay along with Sontulla.
Up until that time I had barely done any storytelling workshops or had found my way back into making music. All that changed after my first trip to Canada. So you could say that my trip to Canada was expansive and very worthwhile.
I was born in Belfast in October 1957. I nearly didn’t survive my birth. I had to really struggle to get here. I was born into a political context I didn’t understand, in Northern Ireland and it has taken me most of my life to educate myself about Ireland in general.
Because of the very divisions that still exist where I live today (wasn’t there a peace process?) I was raised a Presbyterian (Protestant) automatically branding me an outsider. While many people just accept that it made me very curious about labels and the cultural architecture that makes us seem different to each other.
During my education, up until the age of 18, I had little or no contact with the opposite side of the Irish fence here, other than through some simple friendships, playing beyond the restrictive and divided barriers of location, education, church and social politics. Even then I was asking myself questions about these barriers.
My first serious girlfriend was a Catholic. That too, left a lasting mark upon me in a positive way. 1976-1980. Art College introduced me to many more Catholics but I thought then, as I still do, that our divided education systems kept us apart for far too long in our early lives. Sadly, things are much the same now and even though there has been a Peace Process there has not been a religious, educational or cultural process for the mind.
1980-1988. After Art College I worked in local adverting as a designer and studio artist, learning the basics. After six years I became a Freelance Illustrator still working in advertising, taking me beyond Belfast to Dublin and Glasgow in Scotland.
1988-1998. In 1996 I produced my first book called “THE GANT’S CAUSEWAY”, a local legend that tells the story of two local giants battling against each other. This led me towards storytelling in schools and beginning to understand how to tell a story to an audience of children or adults.
In 2010 I released my first CD called “SONGS FROM THE MOON SHED”
A collection of 21 songs and poems. This pushed me into playing with a live band called The Moon Shed. From 2010 to the present I have written many songs and poems, many of which can be accessed at my website www.randallstephenhall.com
In 2016 not there collection of 17 songs and poems was released called “RE-WIRED”. Followeec by a live sampler album called “Leaving the Box Room”.
Of course this isn’t the whole story, just some highlights and being an outsider has had some advantages. I’m blessed by the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis.
Ariadne’s Notes: On September 6, the World Poetry Café , CFRO, 100.5 FM, Welcomed the poet, musician and cartoonist, Nick Curl to the show. A wonderful interview of Nick’s music, his answer to a question by a 12 year old living in Japan about how to get started in cartooning. Also, a Miracle poem by Monsif Beroual from Morocco.
World Poetry Director Vani Pradeep from India sent another motivational segment and Jeanneclaire Probst , World Poetry Correspondent sent another poem.
Included was another story from the Big Bessie Series by Sharon Rowe. Victor Schwartzman was away but the technical controls were kindly supplied by Kerry Buckner with our great thanks.
Currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. On Facebook as Nick Curl. Earned a BSEE degree from University of Michigan in 1983. Earned a MSEE degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. Earned a MBA degree from Georgia State University in 1998. After graduating from high school in 1975 I enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army I began to learn how to play the guitar. I never took music lessons so for a long time I didn’t understand how a songwriter wrote a song. In 1978 I received an Honorable Discharge from the Army. I attended various universities and built a career in computer hardware/software design and test and held employment in various industries including Aeronautical, Telecommunications and Consumer Products. During this time my guitar remained mostly in its case but it was always in the back of my mind that writing songs was something I wanted to do. I retired from engineering in 2014 and began to dabble in poetry and music. I began creating animated poems. Some of the poems may be useful for teaching children about relational concepts such as empathy, friendship and helping those in need. I was able to find information on the internet about music theory. I downloaded diagrams that showed the guitar chords and notes for songs that I liked. I used the diagrams to play the songs and it sounded like it does on the radio. By studing the diagrams, I began to understand how songwriters used music theory to create their songs. I create animated poems primarily meant for young children but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Some poems are designed as “feel good” stories and may be used to provide teaching points for young children about how to interact with others in a positive way. In such cases a main character finds themselves in a difficult situation requiring assistance. Someone provides assistance and a new friendship is created. These poems attempt to convey three positive concepts: recognizing when someone is in need of help; performing an act of kindness; and developing friendships. Each poem consists of two parts: text and video. Although the text can be presented as a stand alone poem, the video provides a necessary part of the overall story. I now spend most of my free time creating music and animated poetry. I upload the poems and songs to my YouTube channel called
A honey bee buzzed right by me and nearly knocked me down. But then she circled back to see that I was safe and sound. “Please pardon me, good sir.” said she. “I’m not my self today.” “For something bad has just occurred, much to my dismay.” And as she told me of her plight her eyes began to tear. It soon was clear, as she drew near, that she had much to fear. “My babies and me live in a tree that’s just around the bend.” “A row of trees is what you’ll see and ours is at the end.” “A sudden gust of wind and dust blew through and shook our tree.” “I heard a thump and felt a bump, my babies next to me.” “And when I felt it save enough I went outside and found” “Our home that once was way up high had fallen to the ground.” “My babies are too young and must not venture from the hive.” “And now I fear if we stay here my babies won’t survive.” “I must return my babies to the safety of the tree.” “And so I seek a kindly soul to help my family.” “You need not take another step.” said I to the bee. “For I am here and I will help return you to your tree.” With no delay she lead the way and took me on a run. And when we arrived I saw the hive lying in the sun. With gentle hands I raised the hive and set it in a space Where never will another wind dislodge it from its place. So now the bee and family are safe once again. And on this day, I’m glad to say, I’ve found another friend.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio, August 2, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed poet Herb Bryce from Canada at 1:10 PM, PST and Ernie Krivda celebrating his new CD A Bright and Shinning Moment, at 1:30 PM, PST. www.erniekrivda.com
Thanks to Braithwaite and Katz for the publicity.
Also featured was Kathleen Ward, the award winning poet from the Lincoln Poetry Club, one of our new partners. A wonderful opening poem by Prof. Atukwei Okai who was one of the greatest poets in Ghana & Africa. A tribute poem to him was written by the World Poetry Theatre Director Oswald George Okaitei.
“No doubt about it, Ernie Krivda is one of the originals of the tenor saxophone” wrote Bill Donaldson for Cadence Magazine about the legendary jazz musician whose 6th decade on the music scene is already filled with a variety of accomplishment. The tenor saxophonist is regarded by critics such as the late Harvey Pekar as “one of the best jazz tenor men in the world”. The composer has written countless compositions in multiple genres. The recording artist has well over thirty albums released on a number of record labels with more on the way. The teacher has former students performing and recording all over the world. In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music and the lifetime of achievement continues. Krivda who has recently won the Jazz Legends award from Cleveland’s Tri-C jazz Festival and a CPAC (Community Partnership of Arts and Culture) Fellowship worth twenty thousand dollars, continues with great energy and passion career that spans over 50 years. “Ernie Krivda almost blew the sun out of the sky…still at the top of his game…” – Detroit Metro Times.
“No doubt about it, Ernie Krivda is one of the originals of the tenor saxophone” wrote Bill Donaldson for Cadence Magazine about the legendary jazz musician whose 6th decade on the music scene is already filled with a variety of accomplishment. The tenor saxophonist is regarded by critics such as the late Harvey Pekar as “one of the best jazz tenor men in the world”. The composer has written countless compositions in multiple genres. The recording artist has well over thirty albums released on a number of record labels with more on the way. The teacher has former students performing and recording all over the world. In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music and the lifetime of achievement continues. Krivda who has recently won the Jazz Legends award from Cleveland’s Tri-C jazz Festival and a CPAC (Community Partnership of Arts and Culture) Fellowship worth twenty thousand dollars, continues with great energy and passion career that spans over 50 years. “Ernie Krivda almost blew the sun out of the sky…still at the top of his game…” – Detroit Metro Times The journey in music that began under his musician father Lou’s influence from almost birth to his tutelage at age 6 has taken him from polka bands in his early teens, classes at The Cleveland Institute of Music, the bands of Cleveland greats Eddie Bachus and Bill DeArango in the jazz clubs of Cleveland, to a life in music that includes the mentorship of Cannonball Adderley, tours with Quincy Jones, performances with musicians such as Ell Fitzgerald, Phil Woods, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy DeFranco, Groove Holmes, Terry Gibbs, John Faddis, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, David Sanborn, Jackie Wilson and concerts with his own groups at Jazz Clubs and Festivals all over the world. The musical journey goes on with a new recording for Capri Records, “A Bright and Shining Moment,” released in June 2018 and touring that will give audiences an opportunity to hear “The sound that sets him apart” (Applegate Music Review), and the musician that the venerable Jazz Journal (of the UK) calls “both classic and brand new” The Legend Continues. “[Ernie] brandishes one of the most ravishing and distinctive sounds in music – a vibrant, rawboned tone colored by an impassioned vibrato.” – David Dupont, One Final Note, Jazz & Improvised Music Webzine
Sources: Ernie Krivda’ s Website and Braithwaite and Katz .