VPR Commentary Series: Budbill on Archie Shepp
Poet and author David Budbill attended the Archie Shepp award ceremony and concert at Goddard College on January 19, 2013, and was moved to record this commentary with VPR. Here is an excerpt below...
"After the award ceremony, Shepp's quartet played a concert, one set about 90 minutes long. Shepp sang a lot and did a lot of blues shouting. Since Shepp is also a writer, I figured he wrote the lyrics to most of the songs he sang. Two lines in one of his songs really got to me. I wrote them down:
Soft as the rain
Sweet as the end of pain...."