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MP3 Wayne Crawford - Oasis Bound

Emotive, beautiful, well-crafted spoken word poetry accompanied by the Swiss Hang drum, Native American Flutes, guitar, and other instruments, and produced with a layered sound by musician Randy Granger.

15 MP3 Songs in this album (54:27) !
Related styles: SPOKEN WORD: With Music, SPOKEN WORD: Poetry

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Wayne Crawford’s spoken word CD, Oasis Bound, combines his poetry and love of music and sound effects with award-winning, Nammy-nominated musician Randy Granger’s music and love of poetry. This collection features some of Crawford’s most dramatic renderings of his poetry as well as a layered sound that he enjoys. Also included are a couple of his popular slam jems such as “Workers Work” and “My God!.” Granger’s musical versatility comes across immediately on the title track, Oasis Bound, and the final track, Behind the Spoken Word, but check out their most musical mix, “Dancing at the Totem” originally recorded on Granger’s “The Roswell Incident,” and enjoy Granger’s intro to “Morning Glory” as well.

Wayne Crawford has had more than a hundred poems published in literary journals and magazines, founded the online journal, Lunarosity (2001), and serves as co-managing editor of the annual Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal. His publications include a chapbook, The Corner of Clark and Kent (2004) and Sugar Trail (2006). A second CD, poetry only, Wayne Crawford Reads, is set for release on Vox Recordings in the summer of 2009. Crawford has emceed an open mic reading on the second Thursday of each month at the Bean coffeehouse for four years. Currently, he hosts the literary night open mic on the first Friday of each month at the Rio Grande Theatre on the Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, NM. He has read/performed with many of New Mexico’s best poets, hosts a biweekly poetry critique group, organizes readings, and appeared in coffeehouses, bars, university stages and art galleries and studios.

Crawford earned his B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago; M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Ohio; his Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. He taught creative writing and Journalism and sponsored a George H. Gallup award-winning school newspaper at Danville (Illinois) High School, served as an assistant to the director of writing at Illinois State University and is professor emeritus from Western Illinois University where he was Coordinator of English Education and later, Director of Graduate Studies in English.

At Danville High School, Dr. Crawford was named an “Outstanding Teacher” and served as president of the Danville Education Association. At WIU, he received a “Golden Apple” award for excellence in teaching. He also served on the executive board of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English, and designed and managed their web site for several years. On the internet’s The Great Gatsby Website, his hypertext version of the “Great Gatsby Readers’ Companion” was featured for over ten years.

Crawford’s interest in poetry and writing extends to other arts as well. In his earlier years, he studied art under Chicago sculptor, radio host, and art critic, Harry Bouras, and with Richard Christiansen’s mentorship, he became a popular music critic for the Chicago Daily News where he reviewed approximately 1000 bands in the late sixties and early seventies. Oasis Bound is his first spoken word CD, poetry with music, and draws frequently from the southern New Mexico desert where he lives.

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