Did you know that April is both National Poetry Month and National Jazz Appreciation Month? It seems rather appropriate to me that these two art forms are celebrated in the same month, as both can be unpredictable, taking the reader or the listener on unexpected journeys.
National Poetry Month was founded by the Academy of American Poets with an aim to encourage the reading and support of poetry and poets. There are many ways to celebrate poetry. Challenge yourself to write a poem. The folks at NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) have a prompt and/or writing suggestion for every day of the month. Attend a poetry event in your area. Or read a poem or two at Poetry Daily.
Jazz Appreciation Month was created by The National Museum of American History to celebrate and encourage participation in jazz, be it in the form of studying about jazz, reading about jazz, or simply listening to it. You can do all three of these – study, read about and listen to jazz – at The National Museum of American History where they have several online classes. Read about Ella Fitzgerald’s story as you listen to her sing A Tisket, A Tasket and scat with Bing Crosby. Also look for classes on Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Happy National Poetry Month
Happy Jazz Appreciation Month
Mocha Girl Tiffani
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