So. I learned today that Leonard Cohen had died earlier in the week. It was not entirely unexpected – in fact, it had sort of been announced a few weeks ago. Yet, I have so much emotional baggage riding on his songs; there’s a great sense of loss. Continue reading
To me, Don Pardo was always that voice on Zappa in New York, blending perfectly into the weird mix of pop, genius, misogyny, and head-desk humour that make us this classic album. It was only after the internet and youtube that I learned who Don was, and discovered gems like the performance above, from Saturday Night Live.
Another actor I adore dies. Not a big surprise, I guess – she was not exactly young – but it makes me sad. I guess that when actors of her generation pass away, more than anything I stop to remember, and I’m reminded that I’m not young anymore. So many great movies, so many great actors, so much I did years and years ago with friends I may have lost along the way. I was looking at the Bacall filmography, smiling and remembering, and it occured to me that most these movies I have seen I no longer remember when, where, or who I was with.
Anyway. Time to watch The Big Sleep one more time. And be thankful for all the memories.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
It’s been a week, and I should have posted earlier, etc. etc. But…
Bob Casale, guitarist, keyboard player, and founding member of Devo, died last week. Bob2 (as he was known) was key to the unique sound of Devo, in his role as both musician and sound engineer on all the original Devo albums. Continue reading
I first became aware of George Duke as a member of Zappa’s “Roxy & Elsewhere” band, and I quickly got to love his funky attack, his near-perfect licks, his humour, and his all-around exceptional musicianship. Continue reading