Musical Bonus Track: Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving, But Drowning,” Sung by Tanita Tikaram

It’s been such an amazing weekend already, and it’s only Saturday evening. For now, as we come close to the end of this Poetry Month, 2018 here’s a flashback to a Saturday Song Feature with Tinita Tikarum’s deeply moving and beautiful rendition of a favorite Stevie Smith poem.

David J. Bauman

If I Ever

Back home from a long-ish work day and glad to finally be starting my weekend. I have the poem for tonight recorded, but I need to do some editing, after a much needed nap! So first I thought I’d share this gorgeous interpretation of Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving, But Drowning.” Stevie was our poet for yesterday’s reading, and you can check out my reading there if you’d like.

I had put a link to my old reading of this poem in yesterday’s post, but I just watched it and cringed the whole way through the commentary! lol So I’m not providing that link again. I might redo that one someday and the old version will just quietly disappear.

Tanita Tikaram gets it; she knows how this poem should be sung, and her voice just moves me so much. Sad to think this was only a B-side back in the mid-1990’s. I…

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