Poesy and Music

Poesy: While I was organizing the People Poems, I also html’ed a 2004 chapbook that I’d published called Jefferson Water, named after one of my personal favorite poems. It’s linked here: Poetry: Jefferson Water, and also in the sidebar. When I first wrote the title poem, I explained it on my old blog thusly:

I was dreaming when the alarm went off this morning. All I remember of the dream is the final image: I was in a meeting that was evidently in my home (although it wasn’t my real home), as the meeting broke up, one of the other participants turned to me with a crazed and needy look on his face and said “We’ll do the next meeting at my house . . . but you have to bring the Jefferson Water.” To the best of my knowledge, there’s no such thing as Jefferson Water, but I figured it musta been some nasty, spooky stuff based on the way that guy asked for it in the dream. I envisioned some hallucinogenic brew that looked like a combination of molasses and something fished out of a classic Southern blackwater creek: a dark, viscous stew. The poem’s set in some alternate Carolina, I guess, home, but not quite. Most of the place, thing and people names are obviously made up, although there really is a Bisco and Locust in North Carolina, and there’s probably a Clyde down there, too. Although I haven’t been there.

You’ll have to read the poem to figure out what that means.

Music: This week’s top spins winner on the stereo is Dandelion Gum by Black Moth Super Rainbow. dandeliongum.jpgAmazingly trippy, yet melodic, music from a quintet of youngsters from Western Pennsylvania playing vintage keyboards, drums and bass. The weirdness factor is capped by all the vocals being performed and processed through a vocoder (or similar vocal processing unit, not sure if that’s exactly they one they use or not). Check out this clip of them playing “Sun Lips” (one of Dandelion’s standout tracks) live. Can you believe them all sitting on the floor working their keyboards? How adorable is that?

marryme.jpgA close second place on the household popular platters list is Marry Me by St. Vincent, a solo project by Annie Clark, who has evidently played with Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree. Frankly, it’s a good thing I didn’t know that before I sampled the album, because I probably wouldn’t have given it a chance, since I don’t much care for either Sufjan or the Spree. (And that’s putting it mildly). Most reviews I’ve read compare the disc to Kate Bush’s The Dreaming (my fave of her albums), and while I can hear the relationship, I think St. Vincent reminds me more of A.C. Marias, a project featuring Wire’s Bruce Gilbert and video director Angela Conway. I know that’s an obscure reference, but it’s accurate, and if it inspires you to investigate both St. Vincent and A.C. Marias, then mission accomplished here today, for sure.

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