In Monday’s “Week to Remember” post, we looked at the life and literary career of Edgar Allan Poe, and some of the books inspired by his work. Today, we took a look at Poe in music, and the many musicians who have been inspired by his poems and stories.
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. Poe was a writer of poetry and short stories. He died young with relatively little literary success during his lifetime, but he became one of America’s most influential writers, central to the development of mystery and detective stories.
Melba Liston was born on January 13, 1926. Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger, one of the few women to play in major bands of the big band era. She is perhaps best remembered today for her long association with pianist Randy Weston, for whom she worked as an arranger for many years.
Stephen Stills was born on January 3, 1945. Stills is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a solo act and with several different bands. He's best known for his work in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865. Kipling wrote novels, short stories, and verse, and was one of the major literary figures of England during the height of the British Empire.
Milt Jackson was born on January 1, 1923. Jackson was a jazz vibraphonist who had a long and distinguished career as a solo recording artist, but who is perhaps best remembered as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Hurston was a novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist who was among the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927. Clark is an author of mystery and suspense novels whose books have been bestsellers almost from the beginning of her career. She came to writing relatively late, publishing her first novel at the age of 40.
December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day, a chance to celebrate the sweet goodness of maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and other products made from the sap of the sugar maple.