How poetry has influenced musical pop culture.
Poetry and music have always gone hand in hand, and some of the greatest musicians in the world can also be called fantastic poets. But time and time again artists are inspired by iconic poems; either in fleeting lines, entire verses or the subject matter itself. Here are just a few of our favourite songs which have been influenced by universally adored poetry.
1. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
While the title track from his 1970 album reflects Bowie's struggle with self-identity, the opening verse of the track is based on the opening verse of the 1899 poem Antigonish by Hugh Mearns, from his play The Psycho-ed. The poem is about a ghost that wanders a haunted house, which makes for a startlingly profound thematic comparison between the poem and Bowie's song.
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Nature-inspired songs we just can't get enough of.
As much as the majority of us are quarantined within the confines of our home, we are, at least, allowed to go out from some fresh air and exercise. And it's important that you take advantage of that, provided, of course, that you don't flock to public spaces in droves. Find a quite space in nature to call your own and experience oneness with the world around you with these evocative songs.
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Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
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David Crosby had claimed last week that the singer was unable to talk, but her conservator has corrected that assertion.
New reports indicate that Joni Mitchell is on the slow road to recovery after her hospitalisation earlier this year. Her conservator has revealed that her health is improving and that she is, in fact, able to speak.
Leslie Morris, her legal guardian and conservator, released a statement through Mitchell’s official website on Sunday (June 28th) providing some details on her condition for the first time in a while. She noted that, while Mitchell did indeed suffer an aneurysm, she is in fact “speaking well” and is expected to make a full recovery.
Joni Mitchell is able to speak, according to her conservator
Continue reading: Joni Mitchell IS Able To Speak, Says Official Statement By Conservator
The guitarist said that, while Mitchell was at home and recovering, she was still "unable to speak".
Official updates concerning the condition of Joni Mitchell, who was hospitalised back in March, have been few and far between. However, fellow musician David Crosby has revealed that, while she is recovering at home, she is unable to speak.
In conversation with HuffPost Live, the 73 year old guitarist answered a Twitter question about Mitchell’s condition. “To my knowledge she is not speaking yet. She is home, she is in care, she is recovering,” he responded. “She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury.”
Joni Mitchell is recovering at home but still cannot speak, according to David Crosby
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Initial reports on Tuesday suggested that the legendary singer's health had taken a turn for the worse, but they were unfounded, according to Mitchell's official website.
Despite reports suggesting that her health had deteriorated, iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is apparently not in a coma. TMZ reported on Tuesday afternoon that the 71 year old’s health had taken a turn for the worse after a lengthy stay in hospital, and that she was completely unresponsive and unable to take care of herself.
Leslie Morris, her close friend of 44 years, was reported to have filed documents to obtain legal conservatorship over her, but her official website said "she comprehends, she's alert and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected." The documents simply relate to the power to make care decisions in the absence of 24-hour medical care once she's out of hospital.
Joni Mitchell was hospitalised at the end of March [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]
Continue reading: Joni Mitchell Not In A Coma, Contrary To Reports
The 71-year old was taken to hospital on Tuesday.
Joni Mitchell is said to be now ‘resting comfortably’ in hospital, after she was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday morning. The 71 year old ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ singer had been placed in intensive care, but was confirmed to be ‘awake and in good spirits’ by Tuesday evening.
Joni Mitchell is recovering in hospital [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]
A statement on the signer’s official website released Friday read, "Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. Her progress is encouraging as she continues to improve each day."
Continue reading: Joni Mitchell "Getting Stronger Each Day" After Hospitalisation
Joni Mitchell is being treated in intensive care in Los Angeles.
The legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday and is being treated in intensive care. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that about 2.30pm, a person from Funchal Road was taken to a hospital in "fair condition."
Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]
At around 10pm, Mitchell's verified Twitter account confirmed the musician she was in intensive care "but is awake and in good spirits."
Continue reading: Joni Mitchell In Intensive Care After Being Hospitalized In Los Angeles
The veteran singer-songwriter apparently dismissed Swift as a candidate to portray her on film because she's just "a girl with high cheekbones". Ouch!
News has emerged that Taylor Swift was shot down for a role playing singer Joni Mitchell on the big screen – by Mitchell herself.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 71 year old songwriting legend dismissed the suggestion that Swift should portray her in an as-yet-unmade film of a book ‘Girls Like Us’ when casting talks were held in 2012."I squelched that. I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.'"
Taylor Swift was apparently rejected as a possibility to play Joni Mitchell in a cancelled movie project
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Carly Simon revealed the identity of the mystery man in 'You're So Vain' to Taylor Swift. Simon performed on stage in Massachusetts with Swift and praised her performance.
Carly Simon's famous 'You're So Vain' continues to raise questions 41 years after its release. Taylor Swift has revealed Simon confided the identity of the song's subject. Swift, unfortunately, is sworn to secrecy.
Taylor Swift at the 2013 Capital FM Summertime Ball, London.
There are a variety of theories regarding who the mystery man could be. Simon had a number of relationships with high profile men such as Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens and Simon's former husband James Taylor. None of the aforementioned was particularly renowned for their modesty.
Continue reading: Carly Simon Confides 'You're So Vain' Secret In Taylor Swift
John David Wilson helped revolutionize movie animation.
Many of us have marvelled at the animation in Walt Disney's 1950 classic Lady and the Tramp, though few will be familiar with the British-born animator behind the stunning visuals - John David Wilson, who died this week aged 93. Wilson, who honed his skills after being injured in the London Rifle Brigade's African campaign in 1941 with the, joined the art department of Pinewood Studios after the war.
John David Wilson Animated The Famous Opening Sequence To 'Grease,' Starring John Travolta
The WWII veteran was also responsible for animating the recognisable opening sequence of the 198 high school musical movie Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. In a long career with Disney, he worked on characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck as well as movies Great Expectations, The Thief of Bagdad, though it will be his work on Lady and the Tramp for which Wilson will be best remembered.
Continue reading: Liked 'Lady And The Tramp'? Spare A Thought For John David Wilson, 93
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7th November, 1943
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