“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
― Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82
So, you know I hang out on Facebook more than I should. Honestly, I use it mainly as a work tool. I really do. However, every once in a while I see things in my feed that make me think, and like, and click. Such was the case with the following photo Rachael Coulter posted.
Meet these talented local artists from the photo above: Johnnie Heberer (with his back to us), who studied Music at ECC and is doing Recording Engineering at Dark Horse Institute; Ethan Heberer (in the middle), who just graduated ECC and is going to study Painting at Kansas City Arts Institute, and Rachael who is majoring in English Literature at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. The idea for the first “Poetry & Music” recording session came from Ethan and Johnnie, who want to do music. They couldn’t get Rachael to sing, so they made her recite her own original poetry instead. It’s all improv, the first time the guys played that music along with the poetry. Ethan said that they want to make pure noise, asymmetrical things with no format that sound real. “It just happens. Total Freedom.” The purpose of their recording is no other but to share it with people and let them experience it for themselves. We cannot make music like our favorite band, or create art like our favorite painter, and the beauty is that we don’t have to. As Ethan put it, “Whatever you listen to is because somebody did it because they had to, not to imitate somebody else.”
To hear the first “Poetry and Music” recording, click here.
Will there be more “Poetry & Music” recordings? Probably, yes, maybe. For Rachael, Ethan and Johnnie this is just another creative outlet. Ethan is currently working on some new two-dimensional art. Lately he’s been making his own paper. Another one of his projects is an experimental book, along with a sculpture installation. He also has ideas for a new film he wants to work on, as well as some photography projects. You can keep an eye on his artistic expressions on his blog. Apart from literature and poetry, Rachael enjoys photography, making collages with old books and magazines, and restoring old furniture. Johnnie’s passion is music and he is composing songs which will help teach kids music in a more creative and fun way. Their motto: “If you are not having fun, why do it?” The whole idea behind “Poetry and Music” is to get together and do something you love, very informal and with no rules. “The entirety of most people’s lives is filled with formality,” Ethan said. Sometimes its nice to go with the flow and see what happens.
Feel free to share your thoughts and constructive criticism on “Poetry and Music”, and if you wan to be part of it and contribute, get in touch. You can reach Ethan at 636.221.1528 and Johnnie at 636.221.1290 and naturally they are all on Facebook.