Mark David Ashworth

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Words and music do an elegant dance of meaning and dreaming in the music of San Francisco-based songwriter Mark David Ashworth. Singing his own lyrics, and setting poems by William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Ashworth explores themes of the natural world, ancient colonization, and personal insight. Host David Garland welcomes Ashworth to the WNYC Studio to talk about his music, and to perform with guitarist Taylor Jacobs and vocalist Crystal Fulbright.


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Comments [4]

David Garland

@Steviepesce, I'm glad you enjoyed the show, but let's clear something up: my guest's name is Mark David Ashworth! Mark David Chapman is the dreadful person who shot John Lennon!

@Madeline, I'm surprised that Ashworth's music angered you for the reasons you give. I think it's pretty clear that he loves poetry, and is exploring songs in a creative, resourceful way--hardly the anti-intellectual you seem to have perceived. His work may not be your cup of tea, but he's certainly not a barbarian at the gates of Art!

Dec. 13 2011 10:17 AM
Steviepesce from Greenwich Village

I'd like to stay on topic,civil and brief. Thank G-D for musicians like Mark David Chapman for reading, thinking and playing music on physical musical devices. Shame on fossilized self satisfied "experts" who are wheeling themselves to their own ends.

Dec. 11 2011 09:07 PM
Brian from Baldwin, NY and Lima, Peru

Totally disagree with that first previous post!!!!
Sitting here working in my home soldering some pipe, listening to wnyc... That past hour was a real treat, thanks for introducing me to Mark David Ashworth, Great listen, I thought you were great...Amazing!!!! Hats off...

Dec. 11 2011 09:06 PM
Madeline from Manhattan

This airing of "songs" by Mark David Ashworth is an insult to your listeners. My husband (who has a doctorate from Juilliard and teaches at Mannes) and I (a singer, lifelong appreciator of music from rock to classical, writer and editor) are listening in horror as you glorify a no-talent who (a) can barely articulate in English, sprinkling his language with the L word ("like"); (b) is avowedly ignorant of the finer points of poetry; (c) is proudly ignorant of music theory, which he "leaves to others" (peons?); (d) doesn't have the discipline to sit down down and work at his craft on a regular basis; (e) rips off everyone from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to Khachaturian. Please!!! Public airways devoted to the arts should not perpetuate the flaunting of the kind of Beavis and Butthead anti-intellectualism that already dominates and infects our political discourse. We are proud and longstanding supporters of WNYC and WQXR, but this gives us pause. There is a great deal of real talent out there; find it and showcase it and spare us the intellectually lazy dilettantes who improvise at the ten-year-old level. You wanted to "catch our ears"? You did and we're turned off. Literally. PS: He just discovered death? Cute! Spare me....

Dec. 11 2011 08:58 PM

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