Music Monday: Music and Poetry by Leon Stevens

Author and musician, Leon Stevens returns today with another Music Monday guest post! Today, he shares his processes of writing music and poetry and how he sees the two feeding into each other.

Music and Poetry – the Connection
By Leon Stevens

When you think about poetry, music doesn’t always spring to mind. When you hear your favorite song, most people don’t connect it to a poem. Song lyrics, on their own, have to be categorized as a poem, don’t they?

Definition of Poem: A poem is an arrangement of words that convey or express a thought, feeling, or emotion, in an imaginative style. Poems will often have rhyming and rhythmic elements, sometimes in a repeating or predictable pattern. Continue reading

Music Monday: Music and Writing in Quarantine by Leon Stevens

A special guest post today courtesy of musician and author, Leon Stevens! For today’s Music Monday, he talks about being creative in quarantine times. Read below for more on his book and how the quarantine has affected his writing and composing! 

leonLines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens
Genre: Poetry | Short Stories
Purchase: Author’s website

Lines by Leon is a selection of poems, prose, and short stories that address the subjects of loss, struggle, and reflection. Inside these thoughtful contemplations are original observations about ego, behavior, human relations, places, and the environment. Many of the pieces feature a lighthearted and even humorous take on a subject, and the author invites his readers to laugh, think, cry, and meditate on the wide variety of thoughts. Scattered throughout the book are sketches of various subjects, many that relate to the poems and stories they illustrate; others speak for themselves.

Music and Writing in Quarantine
By Leon Stevens

Creative people are often introverts, so self-isolating was not that much of a change for many, including myself. I often tell people, it’s not that I want to be alone at times, it’s that it doesn’t bother me.

Isolation creates the time and space for musicians and writers to do what they do best, create. Continue reading

Music Monday: School Reads

Somehow in all my Music Monday-ing, I’d never come across this event before! Today marks the Coalition for Music Education’s annual Music Monday, a national event that celebrates the importance of music. The focus is on music education within schools, and classes from across Canada are invited to participate in the day’s events and group anthem performance.

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