Lee Wochner: Writer. Director. Writing instructor. Thinker about things.



Y’know, I’m second to no one in my admiration for Brian Eno’s artistic talents, both musical and visual, but to imply in some way that on his new album he’s created a new form is, well, too much. He’s not the first to approach spoken word as though it’s musical, or to match it with music.

Eno says in the liner notes to “Drums Between the Bells”: “I hope this record will signal the beginning of a new way for poets to think about their work, and for audiences to think about poetry.”

I can’t imagine what this “new way” might mean, given:  Steve Reich’s Come Out (1966), Gil Scott-Heron’s The Revolution Will Not be Televised (1971), or, well, my own stuff, which I recorded six years ago or so and will one day get around to putting up on iTunes. These are all examples of spoken word (poetry) set against music. Eno’s new album is spoken word (poetry) set against music. How revolutionary.

2 Responses to “Eno-ugh”

  1. Joe Says:

    When I think of ‘spoken words” music, I usually think about Laurie Anderson…perhaps not revolutionary, but she is entertaining, in the best sense of the word.

  2. Musical Uncle Rich Says:

    Of course there was Ken Nordine’s WORD JAZZ.

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