A journalist and a folk singer put their heads together…and the result is print perfection.
Looking for the perfect summer read? You’d do well to pick up a copy of Lyrics as Poetry.
“As envisioned by The Hollywood Reporter assignment editor Erik Hayden and alternative folk singer-songwriter Sara Noelle, the idea here is to offer a far-distant oasis from the cluttered layout of song-lyric pages on the web, as well as afford lyrics the equivalent of a proper gallery-viewing space for paintings,” writes Richard Horgan in AdWeek.
“It works,” Horgan continues. “The theme of the starkly laid out debut issue is ‘Space’ and its beat is comprised of 42 full transcriptions of song lyrics, strategically placed black and white nature photos and 10 short essays about additional individual songs, contributed by journalists such as Ken Layne and music-world folks like Pamela Des Barres.”
Horgan calls it the “sublime summer companion” and we have to agree. The combination of music, word and image is irresistible, and the price, at $10, is quite reasonable for the quality.
“On the bricks and mortar side, Hayden and Noelle are for starters stocking the publication at four L.A. bookstores (Pop Hop Books & Print; Stories Books and Café; Skylight Books; Small World Books) and another in Portland, Ore. (Powell’s Books),” Horgan notes. “They plan to follow that shortly with drops in San Francisco and New York.”
You might want to grab a copy while you can; like summer, your chance to buy the inaugural issue might be fleeting.