PCTV Is Vital

I am a member of Princeton Community TV. Maintaining a public access station and resources to the community is very important because it allows you to share ideas and collaborate with creative people. After joining I met Ritu Chopra. She interviewed me on her show titled “Despite the Challenges.”

The interview was a fabulous discussion. She had not only read my book, but she asked me very detailed questions highlighting my book, “Touch a Life.”

Her interview was an excellent way to spread my message to a wide audience.

The other benefit the station has to offer is the access and availability to its equipment, with technical guidance to accompany them. In July I took a two-night class on how to do a podcast.

Besides the educational value, when I am ready to launch my own show, I will have the availability and use of equipment. In conclusion, PCTV provides many valuable resources to the Princeton area not only to members but the many producers.

Sharon Benaderet Cohen M.Ed., LDT/C

More on Muldoon

Readers interested in the Paul Muldoon story, “The Poet Goes Rogue” (U.S. 1, December 11) might also look into the American poet and lyricist Ed Sanders for music and poetry that fuses music to lyric in original ways. Sanders studied classics at New York University and was writing songs with other poets and musicians living in New York City during the early 1960s, during the end of the Beatnik Movement and during the Greenwich Village Folk Revival.

Sanders and the poet and activist Tuli Kupferberg were the two primary songwriters of the music group they founded in 1964 called “The Fugs,” which was initially based out of Sanders’ Peace Eye Bookstore in New York’s East Village. The Fugs arranged music and songs around the poetry of William Blake, Matthew Arnold, Algernon Swinburne, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsburg, and Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Yiddish lyric. The group was active throughout the 1960s and Sanders released two solo albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which included lyrics by William Blake and also some Ancient Greek lyrics from Homer’s “Illiad,” and later released an album called “Songs in Ancient Greek.”

His innovations also include creating several instruments to accompany his recitation of poetry, which people interested in Muldoon might appreciate. The Fugs reformed and were active during the 1980s and 1990s, and performed as recently as August, 2019, in New York City. Their musical innovations and arrangements around poetry had never been done before and are truly original for their fusion of musical experimentation with lyrics heavily indebted to literature.

Music from The Fugs is not available everywhere, but for anyone interested in some of the earliest 20th century music arranged around poetry and performed in an innovative way, it can be found. Sanders is also an accomplished poet and writer, and some of his books are available to anyone who can borrow from Princeton University’s library. Anyone interested in these things or in the history of the American counterculture might also read former Princeton University professor Theodore Roszak’s 1969 book, “The Making of a Counterculture,” which is a fine study of the dynamics that were influencing the counterculture and youth movements of the 1960s and the artists of that generation who had been contributing original ideas about music and poetry.

Joseph Szczekoski

Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

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