09 February 2011


Long ago the clock washed midnight away
Bringing the dawn

A rugged no-nonsense street poetry by Gil Scott-Heron, ‘the black Bob Dylon’.
What got to me is not so much the poetry (Langston Hughes and Charles Bukowski came early and took their toll). I marvel at the seemless flow of poetry and music in that rugged voice... It's that voice, in a limbo between reciting and singing, salty and matured...
The posted video poems are 'Where Did The Night Go' and 'I'm New Here', the tracks being taken from Gil Scott-Heron's last - and long overdue - 'I'm New Here' album (2010).

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