Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Verse: "A Vacancy" - Joanna McClure

A Vacancy

An old unconsummated
Love... hangs sadly
In my thoughts

When passion is gone,
The moment--unspent--
Stands silent, accusing,

An abortion, neither buried
Nor born--its space
A vacancy

 - Joanna McClure

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Music for your Midweek: Laura Mvula, "Father Father"

Laura Mvula just released her new album of orchestral arrangements, and it's beautiful. Give the whole thing a listen. Here's one of my favorite renditions:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Verse: "Preface to a twenty volume suicide note: For Kelly Jones, born 16 May 1959" - Leroi Jones

For Kellie Jones, born 16 May 1959

Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelops me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I run for a bus...

Things Have come to that.

And now, each night I count the stars,
And each night I get the same number.
And when they will not come to be counted,
I count the holes they leave.

Nobody sings anymore.

And then last night, I tiptoed up
To my daughter's room and heard her
Talking to someone, and when I opened
The door, there was no one there...
Only she on her knees, peeking into

Her own clasped hands.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Music for your Midweek: John Lennon - "Look at Me"

I've been going through all my old burned cds, deciding what to toss, and what to keep. It's been fun exploring all my old mixes. Each one is like a time machine. Here's a track that was in hey rotation during high school. That romantic, existential angst never left me:

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Mix: "There's nothing in our way..."

After a long hiatus (a summer break, of sorts) I'm back in action. I've taken to regroup and re-evaluate things. It's been a much needed vacation, and I've loved it. Spent time with family and friends, taking on the occasional temp work, catering, or nanny job to help pay the bills. If you ever get the chance to be perfectly selfish for a bit of time, I highly recommend it.

I'm returning from a break. Here's a mix!

1. Ghost - Poor Remy
2. Four Days Straight - Scattered Trees
4. Hard on Me - Robby Hunter Band
5. My Song 5 - Haim
6. So far (Tiger Baby Remix) - Marsheaux
8. Wilhelm Scream - The Bamboos feat. Megan Washington
10. White Morning - Seoul
11. My Oh My - Sivu
13. Vicious - Lou Reed
14. To The Top - Twin Shadow
15. Here We Are - Patrick Park
16. Sail - Noosa
17. To Love Again Feat. Just Another Snake Cult - Oliver Tank & Rainbow Chan
18. Upon The Heath - Mr Hudson & The Library

To listen on Spotify, use this:

Note, not all tracks featured on this mix

1. First found this track by listening to Pleasant Grove High School's radio station. It's one of the best stations in Utah! 96.7
9. Most beautiful, poetic love song.
12. Great cover! This song is destined to be a classic.
14. Twin Shadow! I'm bummed I missed him when he came to the Twilight, but I kissed him on the cheek at the after show, so that counts for something?
18. Missing my dad...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Verse: "Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higher" - Barbara Guest

Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higher

I just said I didn't know
And now you are holding me
In your arms,
How kind.
Parachutes, my love, could carry us higher.
Yet around the net I am floating
Pink and pale blue fish are caught in it,
They are beautiful,
But they are not good for eating.
Parachutes, my love, could carry us higher
Than this mid-air in which we tremble,
Having exercised our arms in swimming,
Now the suspension, you say,
Is exquisite. I do not know.
There is coral below the surface,
There is sand, and berries
Like pomegranates grow.
This wide net, I am treading water
Near it, bubbles are rising and salt
Drying on my lashes, yet I am no nearer
Air than water. I am closer to you
Than land and I am in a stranger ocean
Than I wished.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Music for your MIdweek: Beck - "Blue Moon" and "Wave"

Hey kids! I finally gave Beck's new album this week in preparation for the Twilight concert coming up tomorrow. I'm going to be candid with you. If he mostly plays songs from his new album, it's going to be a snoozefest. A lovely, melodic snoozefest. That's not to say I don't like the album, it's just a more mellow, atmospheric album. That being said, I quite enjoyed this track:

But the song that really grabbed me is "Wave". I first heard this song when it was used in a performance of So You Think You Can Dance. So beautiful. Watch below, and be amazed:

And here's another troupe dancing to Beck's "Turn Away". You may recognize the track from the trailer for Wild. Dancers love Beck!

Hope to see you at the show!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Verse: "Tears" - Allen Ginsberg


I'm crying all the time now.
I cried all over the street when I left the Seattle 
        Wobbly Hall.
I cried listening to Bach.
I cried looking at the happy flowers in my backyard,
        I cried at the sadness of the middle-aged trees.

Happiness exists I feel it.
I cried for my soul, I cried for the world's soul.
The world has a beautiful soul.
God appearing to be seen and cried over. Overflowing
        heart of Paterson.