Over the course of a remarkable career, Paul McCartney at his best has proven himself an astute chronicler of the world around him and of the human condition — a poet, in other words. Later albums like Chaos And Creation In The Backyard showed a mature poet of rare sensitivity still making sense of the world around him. The publication of Blackbird Singing: Poems And Lyrics , in , meanwhile, saw previously unseen poems nestle among famous lyrics, suggesting that McCartney had privately been writing poetry for some time.
He also published a collection of verse during his lifetime, The Lords And The New Creatures , and made a number of spoken-word recordings before his death. Elements of these were revisited by the surviving Doors in and released posthumously as An American Prayer.
While pop-song lyrics had been traditionally preoccupied with affairs of the heart, the way Joni Mitchell approached such things was different. The publication of his final volume of poetry, The Flame , in proved that until the end he was as concerned as ever with heavenly virtues, deadly sins and a good helping of dry humour — often in the same poem. Thanks to the seeming solemnity of his delivery, however, especially in those image-shaping early albums, his humour may have been missed by the casual listener. Before him, pop singers were not expected to deal in brooding contemplation.
In later work, Cohen discussed politics, love and — increasingly — mortality with similar levels of nuance and grace, his words as at home on the page as they were accompanying his melodies. Though Tupac Shakur died at the tender age of 25, he left behind a body of work that changed hip-hop and continues to inspire rappers to this day.
With writing poetry, in junior high and high school. And poets, I saw, were looked on as wimps. So, I started turning [my] poetry into songs, and that got more attention… It is my opinion that I started to rap when I was writing poetry… Rap is poetry, to me.
Smith would publish four collections of poetry before the release of that album, and her parallel careers as poet and recording artist have co-existed happily since, with lyrics that blur the boundaries between the two. A hard-fought, unfailing optimism is present throughout her work, singing from the page as strongly as it does from her songs.
The publication of Do Angels Need Haircuts? Much of it was later published in Rolling Stone along with a succession of poetry periodicals. Of course, Reed had a change of heart and embarked upon a hugely successful solo career, but his writing retained a unique sensibility that marked his work out as poetry to be reckoned with. Sounds like poetry to us. A poet who inspired generations of artists by giving a voice to black protest in the 70s, Gil Scott-Heron was another artist who drifted into music from a background in literature.
By the time of his debut album, Small Talk At th And Lenox , Heron had already published a similarly-named collection of poetry, plus a debut novel, The Vulture. Heron could be relied upon to speak eloquently and fearlessly about the realities of African-American life; the injustices caused by deep-rooted problems in society, and to call out the failing of the political system in representing black Americans.
If that sounds heavy-going, all this was frequently conveyed with a lightness of touch, compassion and an extraordinary rhythmic flow — qualities that continue to earn him respect as a poet first and foremost. In other words, art.
Looking for more? Smokey Robinson is disturbingly missing. Marvin was great but Smokey was the best songwriter poet of the past 50 years. Jimmy Buffet — he rights about mundane subject matter but puts you smack dab in the middle of it that you can see, hear, feel and taste every single thing that is happening. Jim Morrison is an absolutely fair point, and has been rightfully added. Meanwhile, the writer has been locked in a room with nothing but the scream of the butterfly for company… The music is not over…. Smokey Robinson! The Beatles covered him. ABC and George Harrison even wrote songs about him.
Dylan called him the greatest poet. His song book fills up several of the greatest songs of all time slots. Moving on. His poetic lyrics will touch you very soul every time.
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