John C. Slade is creating Whitman Sings, setting Walt's "carols and chants" to music
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Walt Whitman Sings began as a teaching experiment. To awaken high school juniors to the music beneath Whitman's rolling verses, I brought a boom box to school and began rapping "Song of Myself." The effect was electric: a dead white poet was suddenly a powerful presence in the room. 

More than that, his optimistic voice seemed to be calling to our times. By the time I retired from teaching in 2012, I decided to carry Walt's warm, inclusive message to even more students, educators, veterans, Civil War aficionados, celebrants of patriotic holidays, spiritual progressives, scientists and theologians, and theatre-goers everywhere, to "scatter myself among men and women as I go, and toss a new gladness and roughness among them," celebrating persons of every class, race, and sexual persuasion. 

Within a year I released an album called "I Sing Walt Whitman" setting each of Whitman's poems into gospel, folk, and hip-hop musical frames. The album was a dark-horse runner in the 57th annual Grammy Awards early rounds attracting rave reviews from former Grammy winners and nominees. 

By the end of year two, a 70-minute script, derived from Whitman's own writings and documented remarks, reveals the joyous, always optimistic soul of the man whom Harold Bloom considers "more than our greatest poet. I would go so far as to nominate him as Abraham Lincoln's only rival for greatest American."  

I swear, he sounds more hip and essential than ever! Want to help spread Walt's hopeful vision of America and humanity the world over? Many schools and theaters can afford the show's fee, but not the cost of transportation and lodging. You can help get Walt to the show on time. There is one very important opportunity coming up I'll tell you about. 

The bohemian bard reaches out with joy and gratitude to his comrades at this important juncture of the open road.
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Go to http://slademan.com/discography-2/ and pick any album. Whitman Sings ... Night Crossing (download only) ... I Got Plans ... or Boomertown ... Provide a snail-mail address and I'll send you the CD of your choice.
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$643 of $3,700 per project
I am thrilled to be selected to perform WHITMAN SINGS four times at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City, Whitman's home town! They're offering me four performances as part of their larger Transcendentalism series, but not plane fare or lodging for my wife and me. (Laurie runs the technical parts of the show.) Nevertheless, appearing in NYC will provide an outrageous opportunity to spread Whitman's optimistic vision of America and human evolution.  

APAP performing arts conference will be happening at the same time at the Midtown Hilton, so there will be theatre managers from venues and colleges all over the U.S. and Canada! This is a marvelously synergistic opportunity! Walt will appear twice at APAP where presenters can see a 15-minutes pitch, then opt to see the entire show in a professional venue only 10 minutes away. 

Estimating conservatively, plane fare and lodging is approximately $550 each, or $1,100. Fifteen-minute performance slots at APAP are estimated to be $1,300 each, and artists typically perform twice, or $2,600, for a total of $3,700. 
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Walt Whitman Sings began as a teaching experiment. To awaken high school juniors to the music beneath Whitman's rolling verses, I brought a boom box to school and began rapping "Song of Myself." The effect was electric: a dead white poet was suddenly a powerful presence in the room. 

More than that, his optimistic voice seemed to be calling to our times. By the time I retired from teaching in 2012, I decided to carry Walt's warm, inclusive message to even more students, educators, veterans, Civil War aficionados, celebrants of patriotic holidays, spiritual progressives, scientists and theologians, and theatre-goers everywhere, to "scatter myself among men and women as I go, and toss a new gladness and roughness among them," celebrating persons of every class, race, and sexual persuasion. 

Within a year I released an album called "I Sing Walt Whitman" setting each of Whitman's poems into gospel, folk, and hip-hop musical frames. The album was a dark-horse runner in the 57th annual Grammy Awards early rounds attracting rave reviews from former Grammy winners and nominees. 

By the end of year two, a 70-minute script, derived from Whitman's own writings and documented remarks, reveals the joyous, always optimistic soul of the man whom Harold Bloom considers "more than our greatest poet. I would go so far as to nominate him as Abraham Lincoln's only rival for greatest American."  

I swear, he sounds more hip and essential than ever! Want to help spread Walt's hopeful vision of America and humanity the world over? Many schools and theaters can afford the show's fee, but not the cost of transportation and lodging. You can help get Walt to the show on time. There is one very important opportunity coming up I'll tell you about. 

The bohemian bard reaches out with joy and gratitude to his comrades at this important juncture of the open road.

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Pledge $30 or more per project
5 patrons
Go to http://slademan.com/discography-2/ and pick any album. Whitman Sings ... Night Crossing (download only) ... I Got Plans ... or Boomertown ... Provide a snail-mail address and I'll send you the CD of your choice.