Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems
October 31, 2016 1:48 AM   Subscribe

David Nagler has set some of Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems to music. The work includes an all-star cast of Chicago musicians, including Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms and Jon Langford of the Mekons, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Under the Harvest Moon and Theme in Yellow are especially autumnal. More about the project here.
posted by carrienation (7 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
posted by james33 at 3:24 AM on October 31, 2016

Hmm. This guy's fog comes on thudding drums.
posted by pracowity at 4:13 AM on October 31, 2016

Whoa, I am delighted that this got FPPd...David is my partner in a pop group called Nova Social and this record is out on my tiny little label.

Personal affiliations aside: it's a breathtaking piece of work, DN is a genius composer/arranger and I hope you have a chance to check it out. The guest spots are really just the icing on a pretty wonderful cake.
posted by mintcake! at 8:32 AM on October 31, 2016 [4 favorites]

This is absolutely lovely, and also gives me an excuse to share my favorite bit of ephemera around Sandburg's Chicago Poems: trying to describe the carl sandburg poem to friends who don’t remember it, while drunk
posted by merriment at 9:26 AM on October 31, 2016 [3 favorites]

Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms and Jon Langford of the Mekons

Yeah, this record pushes my buttons for sure.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:32 PM on October 31, 2016 [1 favorite]

I love these poems. They really get my hometown. Thanks for posting this! Listening now.
posted by persona au gratin at 11:01 PM on October 31, 2016

I've just finished the first 10 tracks, and yeah, this is pretty solid. The affectation grew on me, the composition is interesting, and the accompaniment star-studded. Thanks!
posted by aspersioncast at 8:13 PM on November 1, 2016

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