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“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”   Leave a comment

Tom Russell posted the following on Facebook and I felt a need to share it — a collaborative effort of three great singer-songwriters:

“Exciting news….we were walking through the old Greenwich Village this afternoon, vastly changed, and I thought – “it would be great to do an album release show at The Bitter End.” So we walked into The Bitter End, and out walks the owner. He warms up to us and I tell him I used to work there every Sunday…so we might hook the opening gig there for the next album release tour.
Maybe a return to The Bitter End! Lets make Greenwich Village great again! This is Lucinda Williams and myself doing Bob Dylan‘s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” off of the record “Mesabi.” All records and books: www.fronterarecords.com
Your reporter for Nova Beat at the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal….”

Posted December 10, 2016 by kenneturner in Information, Music

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Coltrane — “A Love Supreme”   2 comments

Kenne & Coltrane (2 of 2) SQ blog“Desert Coltrane” — Image by Joy

Some years ago on one of our trips to New Orleans, Joy and I were walking in the French Quarter and decided to go in a resale store. That’s when I saw the John Coltrane t-shirt I’m wearing in above photo by Joy.  The t-shirt has faded over the years, but I still wear it often to live music events, also just when I feel like it. Okay, so I set it up for this posting, which I had planned on in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s, “A Love Supreme.”  

In my teen years and early twenties I often would go to sleep listening to jazz on late-night Chicago radio. I still listen to a lot of radio, especially NPR where you can still find good jazz music. About ten days ago, I listened to and NPR story, 50 Years Of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’. (A Love Supreme was recorded December 9, 1964.)

“I call it a sacred day for music fans, not just jazz fans. For people across musical boundaries and cultures — for Carlos Santana, Bono, Joni Mitchell, Steve Reich, Bootsy Collins, Gil Scott-Heron — hearing A Love Supreme was a revelation.” — Arun Rath

Many generations have and will continue to be influenced by the music of John Coltrane. If you let your soul listen you can hear his bluesy sound in the words and music of poets, singer-song writers and musicians:

Flirt with me don’t keep hurtin’ me
Don’t cause me pain
Be my lover don’t play no game
Just play me John Coltrane

 — from Righteously by Lucinda Williams

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So, catch the blues train,
ride the drum beat’s edge,
see tomorrow’s vision,

somewhere,
somewhere around the bend.

Locomotion,
a blues riff ,
Coltrane changes,

somewhere,
somewhere around the bend.

— from somewhere around the bend by kenne

“People had channeled emotions into music before. But no one had ever played the blues like this.

It’s the same message we get from the blues: Even in struggle and suffering, we sing, because life is a blessing. As much as Coltrane made his saxophone cry — for his suffering, and the world’s — in A Love Supreme he’s telling us that the most important voice to raise is one of gratitude to the creator for the gift of life.” — Arun Rath

Living Moments Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone   1 comment

The Williams_Music_01Poet Miller Williams and Daughter, Singer/Songwriter Lucinda Williams — Google Image 

 

I have six Lucinda Williams albums, which is a lot for my eclectic music tastes. Her music is so introspective with words that come from “down where the spirit meets the bone” — a line from her dad’s poem, “Compassion” and also the title of her latest album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” The album begins with her adaptation of “Compassion.” 

Compassion

Have compassion for everyone you meet,

even if they don’t want it.

What appears bad manners,

an ill temper or cynicism

is always a sign

of things no ears have heard,

no eyes have seen.

You do not know what wars

are going on

down there where the spirit

meets the bone.”

— Miller Williams

This two-disc album is, for me, her best. Like most of her music, it’s best listen to during quiet times — over and over, and over, over and over. 

In a September 12, 2014 Billboard article, Lucinda was quoted: 

“My dad was always adamant about the differentiation between poetry and songs,” Williams says. “In the past I’d send him a couple of things that I said, ‘Maybe this might be a poem,’ and he said, ‘Honey, I think this wants to be a song.’ I really want to look at some of his other poems and see if I can do that again.”

All I have to say is, what is it about those academic literary types that makes them the supreme judge of what is poetry? Listen to her songs, they are beautiful no matter what you may call them.

Leonard Cohen once said, “Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”  I hope Lucinda keeps spreading the ashes for a long time.

kenne 

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