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The power of music and its connection with poetry

For Meeting Benches art embraces any creative expression. The images created by Dastilige Nevante https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVE6uDP1y7H1wpuQWL8GFKQ are also designed to stimulate the imagination. As a place where people unite through a passion for art, catering to a global community Meeting Benches attracts artists and art lovers from around the world, inviting them to sit and immerse themselves in the allure of creativity without racial boundaries, religion or gender. If you want to know about the international music scene, you can type https://meetingbenches.net/category/musica/. Before introducing you to three musical bands that have revolutionized the musical panorama of more than one generation of fans, we want to present you with some quotes that reflect the transformative power of music and its intrinsic link with poetry. For Friedrich Nietzsche, without music life would be a mistake. Among life’s pleasures, for Alexander Pushkin, music was second only to love. To conclude, look above you, where for Charles Baudelaire music created a sublime glimmer of light in the sky.

The best songs as poems? Certainly! Music and poetry share a deep bond, often intertwined to evoke powerful emotions. Remember, there are indeed songs that transform melody into poetry, inviting us to explore the rich tapestry of human experience through both words and music. In this regard, we want to offer you some catchy songs inspired by poems. Alan Parsons Project’s “The Raven”, released in 1976 as part of their debut album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, is a song based on Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic poem “The Raven”. With its melody and dark atmosphere, it perfectly captures the haunting essence of Poe’s work. Watch “The Raven” by Alan Parsons Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAE1XTvKLXA.

We created images that help capture the essence of a clock striking midnight, a door ajar revealing darkness, and a crow with an elongated shadow hanging from the door, uttering the word “Never Again.” I hope that these images reflect the mysterious and disturbing atmosphere of this song-poem. THE RAVEN – The clock struck midnight, and while I was sleeping, I heard a knock on my door. I looked but there was nothing in the darkness, so I went back inside. To my amazement there was a crow, whose shadow hung over my door. Then, through the darkness, he spoke that one word that I will hear forever. Never again. So says the crow, never again. And the crow still remains in my room. It doesn’t matter how much I pray. No words can calm him. No prayer removes it. And I have to listen forever. Said the crow, never again. So says the crow. Never again.

The musical formation with which The Police achieved international success was the one composed of the author, vocal leader and bassist Sting, the American guitarist Andy Summers and the drummer Stewart Copeland. The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” a classic rock song from 1980, draws inspiration from Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel “Lolita.” The upbeat beat and infectious guitar riffs contrast with the underlying tension in the lyrics, which describe a young girl’s crush on her teacher. Listen to “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNIZofPB8ZM, then read the lyrics.

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME – Young teacher, the subject of schoolgirl fantasy, she wants it so bad, she knows what she wants to be. There is desire inside him. This girl is an open page. Bookmark, she’s so close now. This girl is half her age. Don’t stay, don’t stay like this, don’t stay so close to you. Her friends are so jealous. You know how naughty girls get. Sometimes it’s not so easy being the teacher’s pet. Temptation, frustration. So bad it made him cry. Wet bus stop, she’s waiting. Her car is warm and dry. Don’t stay, don’t stay like this, don’t stay so close to you. Chatting in class is bad, they try and try again with strong words in the teachers’ lounge. Accusations fly. She is useless, she sees it. She starts shaking and coughing, just like the old man in that Nabokov book. Don’t stay, don’t stay like this, please don’t stay so close to me.

We want to tell you about the song by a British rock band formed in London in 1962, one of the most popular and enduring bands of the rock era who helped define the rough, rhythmically driven sound that would become hard rock. Their initial stable lineup included singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts. “Sympathy for the Devil”, a Rolling Stones song released in 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwtyn-L-2gQ, was inspired by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov‘s poem “The Master and Margherita pizza”. As you read the lyrics of this song, you will find that the dramatic and mysterious atmosphere, along with the historical references, adds depth to the devil’s role in various events.

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL – Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste, I’ve been around for a long, long year stole many a man’s soul and faith, and I was ’round when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and pain. Made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate. Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name, but what’s puzzling’ you is the nature of my game stuck around St. Petersburg. When I saw it was a time for a change killed the Tsar and his ministers. Anastasia screamed in vain. I rode a tank, held a general’s rank when the Blitzkrieg raged and the bodies tired. Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name. What’s puzzling’ you is the nature of my game. I watched with glee while your kings and queens fought for ten decades for the gods they made. I shouted out, “Who killed the Kennedys?” When after all, it was you and me, let me please introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste, and I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reach Bombay. Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name. But what’s puzzling’ you is the nature of my game. Uh, get down heavy! Pleased to meet you, hope you’ll guess my name. But what’s confusing you is just the nature of my game, umm, yeah. Just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners’ saints. As heads is tails, just call me Lucifer, cause I’m in need of some restraint. So, if you meet me, have some courtesy, have some sympathy and some taste.

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