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Words & Music

Series produced by Will Duchon

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Image by: Mystie Chamberlin 

Words & Music is a program of poetry and music on WMNR Fine Arts Radio http://www.wmnr.org/ between 9 and 10PM, ET

"Words & Music" features poetry and music. Since December of 2011, I have recited hundreds of poems, each followed by a piece of music which (I feel) reflects the soul and energy of the poem. Of course, this is all subjective. However, the purpose of "Words & Music" is to explore and enjoy the profound link between...words and music.

Many of the poems recited on the air have been those of the masters: Shakespeare, Auden, Shelley, Keats, Whitman, and other reknowned poetic voices. Other poems have been submitted by contemporary poets who are living, breathing, and creating here and now.

"Words & Music" features poetry and music. Since December of 2011, I have recited hundreds of poems, each followed by a piece of music which (I feel) reflects the soul and energy of the poem. Of course, this is all subjective. However, the purpose of "Words & Music" is to explore and enjoy the profound link between...words and music.

Many of the poems recited on the air have been those of the masters: Shakespeare, Auden, Shelley, Keats, Whitman, and other renowned poetic voices. Other poems have been submitted by contemporary poets who are living, breathing, and creating here and now.


90 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Poetry & Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Impressions of the onset of winter and snow, with music by Frederic Chopin.

  • Added: Dec 03, 2016
  • Length: 56:51
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Poetry and music about the soul of trees.

  • Added: Nov 19, 2016
  • Length: 57:24
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Poetry about voting, candidates, and American politics/society.

  • Added: Nov 05, 2016
  • Length: 57:40
Caption: Poetry & Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poetry about desire and longing.

  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 49:53
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Poetry good for a crisp autumn evening.

  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 58:47
Caption: Poetery & Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poetry and music about singular moments.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2016
  • Length: 50:32
Caption: Poetery & Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poetry that celebrates the mystery and profound impact of music.

  • Added: Sep 17, 2016
  • Length: 55:11
Caption: Poetery & Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poetry for the emergence of Autumn.

  • Added: Sep 10, 2016
  • Length: 52:38
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Jazz vocals celebrating summer.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:15
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Songs about the pleasures and connotations of alcohol.

  • Added: May 28, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:18
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A jazz vocal tribute to spring.

  • Added: May 21, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:17
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Songs about money, and the lack thereof.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:30
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Songs about the season of spring and all it offers.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2016
  • Length: 55:48
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Jazz vocals from Europe and Latin America.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:02:27
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A set of some of Rodgers' best songs, sung by Night Cafe favorites.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2016
  • Length: 58:47
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Jazz vocal duets from artists of today and yesterday.

  • Added: Mar 05, 2016
  • Length: 01:02:04
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Poetry by Andrew Marvell, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stephen Sturgeon, Katerina Rudcenkova, Sandra Beasley & Roxane Beth Johnson.

  • Added: Sep 20, 2014
  • Length: 55:00
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Poetry by Denise Levertov, Ina Coolbrith, Ofelia Zepeda, Christopher Marlowe and Gregory Djanikian. Music by Arvo part, Edgar S. Kelley, John Dow...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2014
  • Length: 57:56
Caption: Poetry and Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poetry and music about moons, planets and gravity.

  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 56:48
Caption: Poetry and Music, Credit: Donald Wendland
Poems about running, walking, skating, swinging and swimming.

  • Added: Oct 11, 2014
  • Length: 54:36