A poet and playwright whose drama and comedy works are among the most well known in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564. His birthday on the 23rd is estimated (ish) based on his church baptism was documented on the 26th. You are invited to the Shakespeare birthday to be held (not at the Globe Theatre) but rather at the KRNN Crosscurrents show 4/23 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
A Sample of William Shakespeare “Big Hit” One-Liners:
“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).
AS YOU LIKE IT ~~~
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I)
“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).
RICHARD III ~~~
“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”. – (Act V, Scene IV).
ROMEO AND JULIET ~~~
“For you and I are past our dancing days” . – (Act I, Scene V).
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ~~~
“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ~~~
“As good luck would have it”. – (Act III, Scene V).
JULIES CAESAR ~~~
Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. – (Act III, Scene I)
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. – (Act I, Scene III)
KING LEAR ~~~
“Nothing will come of nothing.” – (Act I, Scene I).
“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”. – (Act III, Scene II).
H.C. ANDERSEN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 4/2: A Danish master of innovative and influential fairy tales, H.C. Andersen was born on this date in 1805. Andersen’s folk-tales are among the most translated works in literature and you are invited to join his birth-tale with Danish pop/rock tunes on Crosscurrents, 4/2 at 8 am. ( Radio Link: http://www.krnn.org )
A four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who was known unofficial as America’s poet laureate, Robert Frost was born on this day in 1874. There will be a small bit of poetry and a whole lot of music for the Robert Frost birthday to which you are invited along the radio show less traveled on Crosscurrents, 3/26 at 8 am. ROBERT FROST ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/26. ( Radio Link: http://www.krnn.org )
LORD BYRON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/22: The most flamboyant and notorious British poet of the Romantic Movement who gained notoriety by his scandalous private life and brilliant use of the English language, Lord Byron was born on this date in 1788. The romance of Lord Byron’s poetry has inspired a show of love and triumph through “doo wop” music to which you are invite on Crosscurrents, 1/22 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
As Lord Byron is quoted as saying:
Friendship is Love without his wings!
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but
The truth in masquerade.
Deep Vengeance is the daughter of deep Silence.
here is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
To have joy, one must share it.
Hatred is the madness of the heart.
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
I am not now
That which I have been.
This is the age of oddities let loose.
The English winter – ending in July to recommence in August
STEVENSON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/13: The Scottish writer who authored “Treasure Island”, Robert Louis Stevenson was born on this date in 1850. Gavin and Wyatt hope that the novelist will take them for a walk in the Scottish countryside. You can anticipate a playlist of artists from Scotland for the Stevenson birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/13 at 8 am.
OK… so its the day before Samhain... still time to celebrate the Irish spirits.
GAELIC HALLOWEEN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/30: The Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain over time became the basis upon which many Halloween rituals are based. Gavin and Wyatt wait in the graveyard anticipating the appearance of Irish dead poets to arrive from the underworld. You are invited to join the Irish Samhain Halloween celebration on Crosscurrents, 10/30 at 8 am.
SILVERSTEIN & CROSSCURRENTS, 9/25: The unique poet, illustrator, and songwriter with a silly, enchanting, and strange character, Shel Silverstein was born on this date in 1930. You are invited to draw on your goofy and imaginative side for Uncle Shelby’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 9/25 at 8 am.
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy and Crosscurrents, 8/28: The Russian author of War and Peaceand Anna Karenina, Lev Tolstoy was born on this date in 1828. A celebration of this prodigious thinker, writer, and philosopher Leo Tolstoy will be held on Crosscurrents, 8/28 at 8 am.
J.K. ROWLING ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/31: British author, film and television producer, screenwriter and philanthropist, creator of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling was born on this date in 1965. You do not need to wait on Platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express as you have a ticket for the Rowling party on Crosscurrents, 7/31 at 8 am.
Writer, music analyst and cultural commentator distinguished for academic essays that set rock and roll in a societal context, Greil Marcus was born on this date in 1945. His book “The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs,” provides the soundtrack for the Greil Marcus birthday to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 6/19 at 8 am.