The whole business makes me dizzy, and honestly, I don’t care about any of it unless there’s some magic in the work itself, a spark in the melody or the lyric that will distinguish the work the way all great art is distinguished, by its timelessness and universal appeal. A song, for the sake of this argument, like the small wonder that is 1968’s, “Till Death Us Do Part.”
From the Flash Stash: I Have to Quit Commuting! (originally published in The Burlesque Press Variety Show)
I dream that I forget in which direction I am headed. The road splits. I panic and take an exit unknown to me. It doesn’t make any difference.
Something in the Air: a poet speaks of the first stirrings of Spring
long suffering spring phrases seek a shot of poetry B-12
Let us see the working man__some thoughts on the Poetry of Fred Shaw
Number one, Fred Shaw represents: Pittsburgh, reading everything and writing narrative poetry from his own experience in the argot (lingo) of the Rust Belt restaurant worker. As he has said, “the workaday speech of line cooks and dishwashers is the signature sound."
Possible Wildlife (redux)
So, in the spirit of establishing a courteous process going forward and to avoid confusion, I...
DAI BANDO’S MUSIC ROOM #7: Ca’ the Yowes / Burns Night
Pagan's tiny cottage in the woods became what the Scots refer to as a "howff" – a gathering place for hunters, shepherds and drunken wags.
From musician to musician: Mark Cutler on David Crosby
..."Triad" and "The Lee Shore." I learned them both but had no clue what they were really about. They confused a 7th grade boy. What the hell is a “sister lover” or a “water brother “?
The Return of Dai Bando: Music Room #5
On the track "Rubylove" (Cat's nod to his Greek heritage) he features traditional bouzouki and sings a verse in his Cypress-born father's native language. And thank god for Greeks: lamb souvlaki, dark olives, John Cassavettes' movies, Platonic relationships, Nana Mouskouri and Cat Stevens.
Notes from the New Year:
But wait, there's more. And it's the thing I really wanted to talk about from the start: Joe Pug's monthly newsletter called The Enthusiast Digest. There's something kind of vaudevillian about Joe's mix of links to must-read articles, unusual podcasts, literary tidbits and recipes.
Mars Hides Behind the Moon: the expanding edition
So this is how the moon and Mars appeared last night from the Mt. Sopris Observatory!