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Pol Serge Kakon Pol Serge Kakon Songwriter. Painter. Dreamer.

Songwriter, novelist, and painter Pol Serge Kakon was born in Mogador (now Essaouira). He founded The Drunken Boat, in Paris, which became a mecca for poetry and song. [www.polsergekakon.com]

Our dreams stay with us and shape our relationship to the world. The knowledge others pass on to us is, from childhood, interpreted, revised, altered, and embellished by our childhood dreams. It can be challenging to master the course of our dreamed life when others, those who wish us well and those who don’t,  society, and prejudices often force us to sail against the wind of our dreams.

As a kid, I tended to get lost in my dreams. I still do, despite all the silver in my hair. From an early age, words resonated within me like spells, and they still fuel my desires today. Each new word that reaches my ears is projected into a gallery of dreams and bounced from one dream to another. It’s while seeking the meanings of words that I give meaning to my life.

When I was a child, on my first day at school, we spent the entire class monotonously babbling words in unison as we looked at a big board on which were representations of domestic animals. “The goat. The kid,” we all said together. When my mother asked, “What did you do at school?” I answered, “I sang.” That early experience combined singing and learning for me and gave me a passion for words. I made the words my own by singing them and I still use songs to help me learn new languages.

By the time I was twenty, arriving in Paris with my guitar to perform in clubs and on the Left Bank, I had a furious appetite for words and kisses: singing is nothing more that that. That love is why I established Le Bateau Ivre (the Drunken Boat), the cabaret in Paris where I welcomed so many talents. Since then, I’ve followed words and dreams around the world as I sing, paint, and publish novels.

Wherever I go in this vast world, words precede and follow me. They will forever conspire with my dreams, which bounce them onto the facets of the precious gemstone of my life to reflect friendship and love, beauty and desire – all the things without which life would be meaningless.

– Pol Serge Kakon

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