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Emily Dickinson’s Poetry Set to Song by Israeli Singer-Songwriter Efrat Ben Zur

An enchanted celebration of music and literature.

I have a documented soft spot for the intersection of music and literature, from my ongoing Literary Jukebox side project to favorite finds like e. e. cummings’ poetry set to song and Victorian children’s poetry adapted by Natalie Merchant. Naturally, I was instantly enchanted by Robin (bandcamp) — a sublime new album by Israeli singer-songwriter and actress Efrat Ben Zur, based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

Favorite songs: “Remembrance”, “The Wind,” and “Till The End”.

Sample the goodness below:

Published October 5, 2012




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