John Slade | I Sing Walt Whitman!

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I Sing Walt Whitman!

by John Slade

Spoken word, songs and chants by the bad-boy poet laureate of "Breaking Bad" and "Dead Poets Society" … Whitman's optimistic, (r)evolutionary message for 21st century ears, hearts, and minds.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. Allons! Let's Go! (Song of the Open Road)
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2. One of the Roughs
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3. Long and Long
1:39 $0.99
4. Beehives, Flashes and Specks
1:48 $0.99
5. I Re-Examine Philosophies and Religions
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6. To You, Whoever You Are
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7. Divine Nimbus
1:27 $0.99
8. We Two Boys Together Clinging
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9. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
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10. Wonderful (Who Learns My Lesson Complete)
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11. O Captain, My Captain
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Hear Brother Walt's juicy verses "again for the first time" as if he were miraculously back to chant, sing, and testify his hopeful and startlingly modern worldview at a Chautauqua-tent revival meeting. Whitman called them his "songs," and his poems do recall the Songs of Solomon, gospel choirs, and the Italian operas that he loved. But opera has fallen to the elite since Whitman’s day, so Walt's rolling lines are placed into contemporary gospel, folk, and urban music settings where -- hallelujah! -- the old man's riffs about sex, death, evolution, all… sound alive and essential again.



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Dwier Brown

Amazing and fun!
"I Sing Walt Whitman" is an amazing listen! The melodies are both catchy and diverse, but it is the words and performance that make it profound and fun to listen to. I felt somehow transported by different eras (flavors of hip hop, Motown, techno, even Springsteen!) to feel the undercurrent of Whitman's irrepressible, non-judgmental joie de vivre, as if his unbridled love for America and freedom (and us!) have been here all along, carrying us gently through the decades like a powerful river. I admit I didn't know much about our great American poet when I began listening, but my skepticism gave way to a growing smile as I listened to track after track with a tickle in my heart until, at the end, I found myself searching for more information about this amazing man. Slade's performance and progression present a Whitman who teases and titillates us to play with him and stop taking ourselves so seriously--Life is ours to be enjoyed!--a worthy and timeless message if ever I heard one. It made me want to sing my own Song of Myself...

Terry Patten

The Original Rapper
I LOVE this CD. Sublime 19th Century poetry, and yet remarkably bold, hip, and immediate. Right away I listened to it thru twice, and will keep listening. Who knew that Walt was the original rap artist? Beautiful work, highly recommended!

Emilio D. Miler

Walt Whitman dances John Slade
A magnificent endeavor, with one hell of a performer that can be as playful as he can be deep. The music in many ways plays different roles as well, not only because of the stylistic diversity, but because the interplay between the text and the music is not the same all the time. A true work of art.

Green Man

Leafy, interpretive goodness!
"I Sing Walt Whitman!" combines Uncle Walt's letters and poems into one daring piece of leafy interpretive goodness. Please have a listen...


Integral art!
John's performance is a true transmission of the spirit of one of our greatest American--and Integral--artists, Walt Whitman. Worthy of a Grammy!

Kevin Lucas

Amazing Album
It is one of the best spoken word albums I have heard this year. Its very deep and poetic, as well as dramatic. I really appreciate it! 'O Captain My Captain' almost made me cry its so beautiful! Its just awesome........especially after the Robin Williams things. 'Dead Poets Society' is my favorite your song really caught my attention. 'Divine Numbus' is very cool too! Love it!