Redstone resident Sandy Kaplan has carved out a distinguished career in photography for several decades. From Hollywood portraits to Paris runways to wild horses on the high plains, she has trained herself to capture the fleeting moment with soul-deep intention. She recently spent time in British Columbia photographing spirit bears and lived to tell the tale.
Picture how your life might be if you knew the day you would die. How would that affect the way you live that day, or for that matter, your entire life leading up to that day? Would you ignore it? Would you practice a casual shuck n jive? Would you indulge in a heedless hedonism? Would you embrace the love in your life or would you shiver in cold fear and loathing? Chloe Benjamin’s new novel The Immortalists deals with these and other questions. Chloe definitely avoided the sophomore slump with this, her second work of fiction, a New York Times bestseller. I spoke with Chloe earlier this week about The Immortalists.
I celebrate myself and what I assume you shall assume For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
So begins this nation’s first great poem, Song of Myself, written by Walt Whitman and first published in 1855. Ever since then, the father of free verse has lived in the American imagination as the embodiment of a free man, unfettered, unbound by any dogma or dictum. Kim and Valerie Nuzzo have created a one-man stage show called Multitudes about Walt Whitman. I spoke with Kim about Walt Whitman and his life and times.
They've been on the program before, but they never fail to impress with their poetry and their passion. They're back for the third or fourth time on Express Yourself, and we heard a new poem from each.
Poet Chris Dombrowski describes the songs of his friend, musician Jeffrey Foucault, "not so much written as lived in." Jeffrey showed that ethic here when he dropped by Express Yourself before his gig at the Temporary. He told us about his new CD Blood Brothers, scheduled to drop in June, and he played two of his own songs, Heart to the Husk and Blood Brothers. He also played a short instrumental by one of his guitar heroes, Rainer Ptacek, called De Lantin.
The modern trap drum set was invented in the United States. Since then, drumming has evolved, like everything else.
Local drummer and gadfly Andy Scott joined Luke Nestler's Beyond Beyond show to talk about all things drumming. He employed some stellar progressive rock tracks to illustrate some drum concepts and practices. Turns out Andy doesn't want to tell a drum joke, but he's happy to explain how a drummer makes his magic.
Doug Graybeal is already into a rewarding retirement featuring a new career as a painter in pastels. He has a piece in the Valley Visual Art Show and here he joins Express Yourself to talk about that and his artistic process.
Brandon McDuffey, who wrote, directed and edited a new short film, along with his Carbondale childhood friend Ian Morrison, the cinematographer on the project, about Silverline Valentine, a project that features the efforts of many young locals.
Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins, a one-woman play, visited the Temporary for a two-night stand. The director Richard Pegg and the star of the show, Rhonda Brown, talk about the fearless journalist and commentator. Then we hear about the fascinating process of Benjamin Timpson's art. And cowboy poet Vess Quinlan talks about the origins of cowboy poetry and some of his experiences at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Richard Pegg, the director, and Rhonda Brown, the star of The Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins, talk about the show at the Temporary. Molly was a firecracker, and Rhonda is too. And who can resist a director with an English accent?
With a questing artistic ethic, and a very involved process for making art using found materials you and I would call trash, Benjamin Timpson is a committed artist who can't stop making objects. Benjamin is having a moment right now, with a solo show in Glenwood Springs at CMC's ArtShare Gallery, and pieces in three separate group shows at the Launchpad in Carbondale, CMC in Aspen, and the Red Brick Arts Center in Aspen.
One of the stalwarts of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 34 of them this year, is Colorado native Vess Quinlan. He's been to all but two of them and he's full of stories about the people involved. Here he tells a tale or two and reads a couple poems too.
Two vastly different approaches to verse from Basque New Person David Romtvedt and Filipino Slam Poet from Guam Meta Sarmiento. They have some surprising commonalities, however, as we discover on Express Yourself.
Decades ago, David Romtvedt was fortunate to have married into a longtime Wyoming Basque ranching family. Since then David has embraced the rich Basque culture. He has learned the language, the music, and the ranching traditions of the Basques while also producing poems, essays and novels. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming and he served as that state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2011. David joined Express Yourself before he heads over to Elko, Nevada for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he will perform with his daughter Caitlin.
Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper from Guam. He is a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba from Denver, a TEDx speaker and winner of the Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform during the UN Climate Negotiations. He is a born teacher and an old soul, and he is capable of motivating ghetto kids and old hippies alike. Meta appeared on Express Yourself to tell us how he does it.
Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoesand Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja.
We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress, and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.
Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoes and Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja. All three artists are involved in a First Friday event at the Roadside Gallery.
We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress,and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.