#Prince Tribute “Sometimes It Snows in April” by D’Angelo

This is the only worthy Prince tribute and/or cover. D’Angelo and Princess, Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band, performed “Sometimes in Snows in April” on Fallon…

#Poetry Mid-Week: Warsan Shire (aka #Lemonade Poet)

Beyond being an astounding work of art itself, Beyoncé’s new visual album, Lemonade, brought much deserved attention to Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire. So it seems appropriate to feature Shire as part of Muruch’s poetry series this week. As most know by now, Beyoncé read from Shire’s book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, in Lemonade. The title poem from the book first appeared in Spook Magazine, a literary journal for which Shire serves as Poetry Editor.

“What We Have” by Warsan Shire

Our men do not belong to us. Even my own father, left one afternoon, is not mine. My brother is in prison, is not mine. My uncles, they go back home and they are shot in the head, are not mine. My cousins, stabbed in the street for being too—or not—enough, are not mine.

Then the men we try to love, say we carry too much loss, wear too much black, are too heavy to be around, much too sad to love…”

Read the rest of the poem at Poetry International. In addition to her written work, Shire has an album of spoken word poetry, Warsan Versus Melancholy, available on Bandcamp…

Hamilton Bluegrass Covers

By: Brn

The Playbillies – a bluegrass band who perform covers of Broadway hits – have turned their hand to Hamilton. It starts off a little underwhelming but just you wait…

No offence to The Playbillies, but this whets my appetite for a Punch Brothers cover album a la Ryan Adams’ 1989. Here’s another genre-bending Hamilton cover – The Penn Band’s rendition of “My Shot.”