Slow descent into madness, Listen to Christopher Walken and Alan Parsons Project read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

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I remember having to memorise the first few stanza of “The Raven” when I was in junior high. It was this poem that first turned me on to poetry in general, along with Robert Frost’s poem Dust of Snow. Poe first published “The Raven” 169 years ago today.  The poem tells the tale of a distraught lover’s slow descent into madness. …

rock isn’t dead; it’s just resting

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I heard on the radio today that rock is dead. How can this be? Apparently rock has had it’s worst showing in the singles chart in 50 years! The consensus is there is no rock band strong enough at the moment to dominate the singles charts. Pop music is firmly in charge. But if you look at this way, if …