The Actual Music Behind the Poems in My Book

There are a number of poems in my book (Any Psalm You Want) in which I reference certain pieces of music. I thought it would be helpful to share them with you to accompany what was written in the book. It may add some context and color, though it may be better to read the poems before hearing the songs. Either way, here goes:

Poem: How to Make It Gospel. Link: Jerry Lawson, “House of the Rising Sun”

Poem: Charles Riley. Link: Lil Buck’s version of the ballet solo from “The Swan”

Poem: George Gershwin Writes Janis Joplin… Link: Joplin singing “Summertime”

Poem: Leadbelly to Kurt Cobain. Links: Leadbelly singing and Nirvana singing

Poem: Ada, or 23 Letters… Link: Excerpt from the film “The Piano”

Poem: Esperanza Spalding… Link: The video that inspired the poem

Poem: Paid in Full… Link: Coldcut’s remix of Eric B. and Rakim’s “Paid in Full”

Enjoy!