Song Poems

A friend just tuned me into Song Poems. I’d like to have a poem set to music and sung for me someday. There’s a documentary called Off The Charts: The Song-Poem Story that I must find and watch.  Here’s a song poem by the “mozart” of song poems for your Friday…

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Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor

I had the pleasure of seeing David Byrne and many other well-noted musicians perform the music of the elusive Nigerian synth-funk William Onyeabor at the Warfield. I felt the music. Who is William Onyeabor you say? A Fantastic Man…

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Dominant Legs On Repeat

After a quick stint to Los Angeles to go to the L.A. Art Book Fair and see a dear friend, I can’t stop listening to this…

Somehow it reflects my weekend emotions music wise completely.

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The Ghost of Gram Parsons

I couldn’t help but feel the ghost of Gram Parsons while in Joshua Tree and listening to country rock at Pappy & Harriets. There is a make shift memorial where his body was left at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree. We ventured out to find it but there was nothing there expect a light scribble of his name on a rock. I brought imaginary flowers, and played his songs in my head. When returning home, I listened to my many Gram records and then watched Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, the documentary about his life and tragic death. I couldn’t help but wonder where his music would have taken him if he was still alive today but took refuge in his songs of yesterday.

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The Flying Burrito Brothers Gilded Palace of Sin cover shoot.

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Listening to: Songs From Woody Allen Films

I stumbled upon this mix of Woody Allen film soundtracks while packing up a crate of records from our record sale. I’ve always appreciated his love of old-timey music like ragtime jazz. It makes me feel like I’m strolling through central park or sitting on a lower Manhattan bench marveling at the Brooklyn bridge in the moonlight. Must find some of these tunes on record!

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I Need You Bad- SF Garage Rock Compilation

I Need You Bad – a compilation of the Bay Area and beyond garage rock scene comes out tomorrow on Polyvinyl. It features some of my favorite local bands playing sweet tunes and is curated by the one and only Sonny Smith (of Sonny and the Sunsets). Can’t wait to see it performed live at the Chapel! You can listen to the album in it’s entirety here.

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Album art by Shannon and The Clams!

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Moonface at the Swedish American Hall

Sometimes person and place come together to transform that moment. This happened when hearing Spencer Krug play the piano at the Swedish American Hall. It’s beautiful Swedish doors aren’t open very often. As expected, my much anticipated Moonface show left me elated. Can’t stop listening to Julia with the Blue Jeans On. The Bay Bridged gave a sweet review here.

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Strange Overtones

David Byrne and Brian Eno are at the top of my “dynamic duos” list.  My current musical anthem, Strange Overtones, is from their last collaborative album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. My song still needs a chorus but I know I’ll figure it out.

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Bill Callahan- Austin Celebrity Dream Siting

I wouldn’t mind running into (tracking down) one of my favorite songwriters/musicians, Bill Callahan, while in Austin, TX. Good news from Drag City this week, his new album Dream River will be released September 17th! I heart him so.

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across his mouth there is a smile…

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