ConversationPiece is a book and CD of poetry / spoken word and short muses from John “Gold E” Early. The book containing 30 original works takes you on a journey through which the thoughts of an artist are peeled, examined, and experienced. Rules are broken, tears are shed, lessons are taught, and stereotypes destroyed… The pages of this avant-garde work are themselves poetic, rhythmical, sensual, and bold.
The name ConversationPiece evolved from wanting to create something that was itself something to talk about, something to revisit, rethink and re-experience. Set upon deckled edges, velum, wrap-arounds, and fold outs much of which grew from the experience and vision of Atlanta designer Annette Ortiz. This book is sexy to the touch. The words “book of poetry” is a description, used for this project, but leaves you well short of its presence. ConversationPiece is the title, and the description.
The thought of putting a CD in a book is not a new one, and in the modern era of audiobooks and electronic media the easy assumption is that this is a CD of a person reading poetry. This is not that. This CD has not only John Early as a vessel, but also Basement Deep as the wave to ride on. It brings a wide variety of sounds and emotion from the rhythmic “Rhythm”, to the bluesy “Acoustic Blue” to the soulful “I knew”. It will make you want to settle in with a glass of your favorite wine and your favorite people and relax.
There are four “movements” the term movements is shamelessly taken from the Donny Hathaway song “Voices Inside.” As you move through the different sections. Perspective, Evolution, Seduction, and Truth, You are taken on a roller coaster that loops and drops and curves and brings you back to the start wanting to go again. Growing up in the 70’s with a chance to, listen to and be influenced by some of the creative greats in music and culture. Some that had messages that were not necessarily overt, Prince, George Clinton, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Gil Scot Herron, Mechell Ndegeocello, Langston Hughes. As you read through and listen to ConversationPiece remember the point is not always pointed. Listen 25 is a new and different experience than listen 1