Monthly Archives: February 2012

Booker Little

One of the first jazz albums I purchased was one by Booker Little, on Time Records. Recorded in 1960. 50s and early 60s jazz seems to have a particular coherence in the looseness. This is what I heard: I picked … Continue reading

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Powder Blues: The Days Are Few

Some people live Like they don’t believe That anything they do Will matter They face every day Like it’s something To get out of the way You can’t take it with you So it’s best to leave With no regrets … Continue reading

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Little Green Bus

Sometimes, there are surprising peripheral benefits to an occupation. During my time on Parliament Hill in Canada (1995-2006), I would frequently use the parliamentary bus service. It enables Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff to travel from the more distant … Continue reading

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Jackie Lomax and Anouk: Home Is In My Head

Travelled far beyond my Land’s End And my home Is in my head From Bruce Eder Allmusic biography of Jackie Lomax: Jackie Lomax should have been one of Liverpool’s homegrown rock & roll stars — that’s what the Beatles believed, … Continue reading

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One particular February evening. Smoking outside the mall. Guy in his late sixties, smoking and weaving, a few feet away. Says hello; starts to talk, without prompting. Been drinking. Odd to see someone in late 60s or so, smoking. Odd … Continue reading

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Rain On The River

Saw her at Massey Hall, around this time, in 1972. Single ticket gift from a friend, who knew I saw the event as precious. Caught the mood; didn’t appreciate specifics. Still don’t. Cold jade wind Not an angel in the … Continue reading

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Ash and Water

An extract from the story “Apologies Fail to Quell Ire Over Koran Burning” (Bloomberg News, February 22): Protests erupted in the eastern city of Jalalabad and in Logar and Parwan provinces, which adjoin Kabul. They followed demonstrations the previous day … Continue reading

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Robert Palmer, Katie Melua: Looking For Clues

I’m never in the dark ’cause my heart keeps me well informed I’m convinced that there’s a way of getting through to you I’m looking for clues It’s crazy, but I’m frightened by the sound of relationships Another remaindered soundtrack, … Continue reading

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Secret Wint Slam II

Previously wrote about my introduction to slam poetry. One of the performers, Ikenna Onyegbula, stage name Open Secret. Another performer, Brandon Wint. Here are examples of what I heard: Open Secret: Poetry’s been good to me Nobody dries my tears … Continue reading

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Arthur Lee and Love: Hear You Calling My Name

The news today Will be the movies for tomorrow Just look at your tub And if it’s mixed with mud You’ll see it turn to gray And you can call my name I hear you callin’ my name It’s at … Continue reading

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