Sometimes even an old staple from the Halls can still surprise.

Eddie Vedder released the soundtrack to the film Into The Wild in 2007 and it instantly became a classic winning an accolade of nominations and awards including a Golden Globe in 2008 for best song, Guaranteed. It’s difficult to pick a stand out track but one that constantly made it onto playlists (mainly due to the CD pause on Gauranteed) was track eight – Society.

So in this digital age where CD wallets get filed on shelves and soundtracks are compiled by drag and drop I suppose I can be excused for taking it for granted that this was an Eddie Vedder original. Only after mooching around cyberspace following the instantly legendary three hours and forty minutes Pearl Jam – Live at Leeds show on Tuesday did I happen to stumble across a man named Jerry. Here’s the confession – I know very little about Jerry Hannan but finding out that he’s responsible for penning one of my all time favourite songs, and that he goes out into the wild at six am to perform it solo to a coyote, does mean that I will now have to undertake some further research.

This is wonderful…

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Pass the headphones, Michael. This month’s choice is inspired by the announcement that one of my favourite small venues, the very brilliant Picturedrome at Holmfirth, will be hosting Kristin Hersh and her band Throwing Muses later in the year.

Your Ghost comes from Kristin Hersh’s 1994 debut solo album, Hips and Makers and features Michael Stipe of R.E.M. on backing vocals. The album was in stark contrast to Throwing Muses, featuring primarily acoustic songs with Hersh playing mainly unaccompanied. It is stunning so sit back and enjoy.

Poetry techno:

Marsden Poetry Trail – Heron and Small Fry are playing hide and seek. They have found new homes amongst the trees.  Exact coordinates are 53°36’08.1″N 1°56’05.0″W for Heron and 53°36’19.4″N 1°57’29.1″W for Small Fry.

For those without the aid of satellites simply follow the trail and consider your ‘roots’.

This part of the trail makes an excellent afternoon stroll with the children past the famous Standedge Tunnel. Find out more about the trail at Marsden Poetry Trail

More poems going wild soon.

And finally:

david coldwell:

Artists and filmmakers – a selection of poems with audio are now available at the The Poetry Storehouse to multimedia artists for use in remix projects.

Originally posted on The Poetry Storehouse:




1. Poles Apart
2. Perfect Green Windows
3. Three White Gables
4. Listen
5. Heron



Poles Apart
(Read by David Coldwell)

You, the North Star or Polaris;
always present, pinhole light that
inspired generations – anchored
without weight, mysteriously
staying and resisting the urge
to jump free from your moorings.
You question infinity and rule
over concepts. We share your secret
that by some fluke of time and space
coupled with the span of a monkey,
you are nothing but names. Invented.

Me, I work in the shadows
out of sight. Barely visible to the naked eye,
the South Star or Sigma Octantis
to people I’m likely to meet just the once.
Sometimes I might try to impress
by telling lies or ruining the plot. Mostly
I’m ordinary, wearing suits too big
and watching the glitter of everyone’s
life circle around me.

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Perfect Green Windows
(Read by…

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The Cat Stone

Not only was the (nearly) full Glastonbury line-up announced this week but, more importantly, I was finally allowed to release details of the first ever Cuckoo Poetry Jam taking place in Marsden later this month. Advertised as a fringe event to the world famous Cuckoo Festival, the Cuckoo Poetry Jam organised in association with Write out Loud and Kirklees Libraries, takes place on Saturday 26 April between 11.00am and 1.00pm at the Railway Inn, Marsden. Full details can be found at our very friendly Facebook event page by following the link here, Poetry Jam

If you’re unsure what a Jam might look like then don’t worry. The Write Out Loud YouTube channel has a fantastic seven minute video edit from last year’s October Jazz festival Jam showing the great variety and superb atmosphere created by our compere and host, Julian Jordon. Julian will be back again for the Cuckoo Jam as will guest readers Steve Ely, Kim Moore, Michael Stewart and Michael Brown with more names being added to the list as I type. Many open mic spots available so if you are in the area please pop in, say hello, and enjoy some wonderful poetry for a couple of hours.

And to celebrate:

I have two very fine 2013 Templar Poetry Anthologies to give away. Peloton contains a selection of the best poems from submissions to the annual Templar Pamphlet and Collection Awards and I’m very proud that two of my own poems, The Cat Stone Cast and Late September, feature in the anthology. To get your hands on one of these fine books simply send me your name and address via my contact page and two individuals will be selected at random. Simple. All emails will then be deleted and not used for any other purpose. I’ll post details on the Cuckoo Jam Facebook page as to who can expect a book in the post.

Peloton

The Cat Stone Cast is a Marsden poem, set around the Sparth reservoir on a hot summer evening. It’s a poem about discovery and in some ways, loss of innocence and comes from a sequence I’m currently working on provisionally titled, Down On Grange. The whole sequence works with the idea of you were there but what if you had never been here and looks at our relationships with people and places. It’s heavy but in a 1970s Vision On Polaroid kind of way. I had a wonderful surprise recently when Dagda Publishing selected another poem from the sequence as their poem of the day. You can still read Dark Side of the Street on their fantastic poetry blog.

Don’t forget, as well as exploring the landscape of the Cat Stone, you can also take in other poetry delights on Mark Kelly’s brilliant Marsden Poetry Trail which I would heartily recommend if you’re visiting the area through Spring and Summer.

This weekend, after many years of trying, I will finally be attending an Embrace secret gig which, unfortunately, is all I’m allowed to say. Have a look on YouTube if you want to find out more; Sunday is going to be wild! It’s a great buzz to be going. We’ve seen the band live a few times and I’ve been a fan since they were signed – local lads done good kind of thing – so no doubt I will have some tales to tell next time round.

For now, it has to be the come back record of all time; gifted to the band from Chris Martin as a way of saying thank you for allowing Coldplay to support them on tour before Michael Eavis discovered them and yes – I was in the bar.

 

Originally posted on andyhemingway:

What is it about landscape photography that makes me keep going back for more?

I spent much of one Sunday morning asking myself this question, as a ferocious wind did its damnedest to blast me off of Marsden Moor.

A wind blasted morning at Millstone Edge

A wind blasted morning at Millstone Edge

Crouched behind a large rock, which provided at least a little shelter from the grasping fingers of the Pennine wind, waiting for a break in the clouds, I began to ponder just what it was that had coaxed me out of bed at 4.00am and up on to the moor on a day like this. I spotted a jogger approaching, the only other living soul that I saw all morning. We waved at each other in grim solidarity, in recognition of each other’s battle with the elements.

It was this that made me realise that it was a question of motivation. I could have…

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A previously unreleased poem is featured today on the wonderful poetry blog at Dagda Publishing.

It is the summer of 1976; the longest hottest summer on record and suddenly it begins to rain… 

Dark Side Of The Street

 

Originally posted on The Poetry Shed:

Caroline Gilfillan laughing Little gods

Little gods, we grabbed chalk boulders, tugged
till they capitulated with a belch of sea breath,
and lay on their backs, helpless, while we
rifled through the warm water
of the rock pool we’d excavated.

We hooted when a sea anemone waved
orange tentacles at us – a mini Titan throwing
bolts of brine. That drab shrimp
paddled right into the dip of your palm
and you pulled the sea-snail off its rock
with a laugh of triumph, though it
clenched its muscle foot tight.

Then came a day when a transparent crab
no larger than my thumbnail
dug itself into the wet sand with a flurry of claws
so furious, so determined, that I
wobbled, lost my balance altogether.

Small sea-salt creatures, you gave me
my first inkling of conquest and resistance
as I crouched in the blaze of the sun,
getting the seat of my shorts…

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I don’t think it will come as a great surprise to find that many readers may not be too familiar with the work of the German musician, Nils Frahm. I wasn’t until an old friend recently posted that, after much deliberation, the Berlin based composer’s latest release, Spaces, had finally been chosen as his record of the year for 2013.

This was enough to spark my interest. My research found eleven live tracks distilled from a total of thirty five recorded over a two year period. Further work uncovered the stunning track, Says. I initially watched the video because it was ‘official’ which is always good news if you’re not familiar with an artist’s work. It avoids the usual homemade films of sunsets mixed with beach scenes and countryside that cross fade to strange wild animals and portraits of old people in black and white.

The video that does accompany the track is astonishing. Like the music, it is a live improvisation with ink on glass and video feedback and is completely mesmerizing. Enjoy in a darkened room with headphones and listen for the odd sound from the audience – perfect ambience.

If you’re wondering what’s happened to the ‘Halls’ then don’t worry, they’ve not disappeared to digital oblivion – they’re simply having an early spring break prior to the next stage of renovation.

Enjoy.

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