Walt Whitman on Love of Self and Country

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Whitman’s song catalogs a profound empathy for the other, whom he in many ways identified as himself. That sense of oneness pervades his poetry, and in my mind stands as his most important message–that we are one and must therefore include the other. These ideas are conveyed with forward intimacy, a closeness that engages and reflects with you, a voice that speaks directly to you. It is almost shocking how Whitman gets to us, how well he seems to understand what is most vibrant about the American character:  it’s diversity. 

Musical Selection for this Podcast

  • Albatross by Fleetwood Mac
  • Down and out by Joel Lyssarides 
  • Steer your way by Norah Jones
  • The girl with the sun in her eyes by Jay Jay Johanson
  • Stardust by Bobby Hutcherson
  • Still Life by Alexis Ffrench 
  • River man by Nick Drake
  • Little Sparrow by Layla MCalla
  • 4 Short Pieces H: 104:2, Spring Song by Frank Bridge interpretation by Sheku Kanneth-Mason and the Hearth Quartet.
  • America by Imagine Dragons
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  • This Podcast is inspiring, deep, original and profound. The choices of music lend substance and variety. This thrills me to the core.
    Thank you Maryama!

  • For me, the podcast with the poetry, music, and analysis, like a personal essay, was very beautiful. It was like finding an oasis in the desert. And I didn’t think I was a fan of Whitman!