Chuck Berry and Little Marie

Publicity photo of Chuck Berry
Publicity photo of Chuck Berry (1957) – from eBay

Chuck Berry released in June 1959 a single on Chess Records, with A-side “Back in the U.S.A.” and B-side “Memphis, Tennessee.” In that song, he is speaking to a long-distance telephone operator, asking to find the number of a girl named Marie who tried to phone him from Memphis, Tennessee. He explains that they were separated by her mother who “did not agree / And tore apart our happy home in Memphis, Tennessee.” He finally reveals that Mary is aged six. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

To Olivia, by Francis Thompson

Bryce Cameron Liston - Can Spring be Far
Bryce Cameron Liston – Can Spring be Far – from tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com

Wilfrid and Alice Meynell had eight children: Sebastian, Monica, Everard, Madeleine, Viola, Vivian, Olivia, and Francis. In the “Biographical Note” introducing the book Selected Poems of Francis Thompson, Wilfrid Meynell writes of Francis Thompson:

The children of the family in London, into which he was received, were the subjects of Poppy, The Making of Viola, To Monica Thought Dying, To my Godchild—all in the first book of Poems; while two of their number have a noble heritage in Sister Songs. Constant to the end, when he died some newly pencilled lines were found, addressed “To Olivia,” a yet younger sister, recalling the strains of fifteen years before.

Indeed, this poem dedicated to the youngest Meynell daughter, born in 1890, was published by Wilfrid Meynell several years after Thompson’s death in 1907. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Itsy Bitsy Titsy Girl, by Deadsy

Deadsy is an alternative metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1995, it took a long break in 2007, as its members had other projects. It was then revived in 2018, with its name now written DÆDSY. Each member of the band is identified by a specific colour, an entity and a stage name. The lead singer Elijah Blue Allman (son of Cher an Greg Allman) has colour International Klein Blue, entity Academia, and nickname Phillips Exeter Blue. The other members’ colours and entities are: green for leisure, yellow for science and medicine, grey for war, and red for horror. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Un poème par Raymonde, de la Pédagogie Freinet

Hémérocalle
Hémérocalle (2019) – Wikimedia Commons

Voici mon troisième extrait du recueil Comme je te le dis ! publié par la Pédagogie Freinet en 1978 chez Casterman. Tout comme le précédent, ce poème sans titre a été écrit par une fille de l’école de Mornac (Charente). Sa beauté repose sur une grande simplicité, où le sentiment s’exprime directement, sans détour. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Does Your Mother Know, by ABBA

The Swedish pop group ABBA encountered international success when it won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, giving Sweden its first victory. Afterwards, they accumulated hit after hit, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of the first names of its members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Les matins d’or et les nuits bleues d’Émile Blémont

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William Stott of Oldham – Girl in a Meadow (1880) – Tate N05031

Émile Blémont, de son vrai nom Léon-Émile Petitdidier, est un écrivain français, né à Paris le 17 juillet 1839 et mort dans cette même ville le 1er février 1927. Très prolifique, il a laissé de nombreux recueils de poèmes, plusieurs pièces de théâtre, des traductions françaises d’œuvres en anglais, etc. Très actif dans son milieu professionnel, il fonda et anima plusieurs revues littéraires ; il fut également l’un des fondateurs de la Société des poètes français et de la Maison de poésie. Il fut lié à Victor Hugo, aux poètes du Parnasse et aux poètes symbolistes, en particulier Paul Verlaine. Arthur Rimbaud lui offrit le manuscrit de son sonnet Voyelles, qui se trouve aujourd’hui au Musée Rimbaud. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Daisy, by Francis Thompson

Jules-Cyrille Cavé - Girl with a Bouquet of Daisies (1897)
Jules-Cyrille Cavé – Girl with a Bouquet of Daisies (1897) – from Wikimedia Commons

After being rescued from vagrancy, the poet Francis Thompson was brought by Wilfrid and Alice Meynell to Our Lady of England Priory in Storrington, West Sussex, where he stayed in order to recover from his opium addiction. In his “Biographical Note” introducing Selected Poems of Francis Thompson, Wilfrid Meynell wrote: CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…