Sunday, May 16, 2010

And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?

Quickie linkage on a damp and grayish day; I have a more substantial post brewing in the back of my mind (honest!).

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Some of you (if there's anyone still reading this blog, that is...) will appreciate this site: Hot Guys Reading Books. It's exactly what it says it is. :)

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It's true: Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga (who is, as it turns out, a huge Springsteen fan), Sting, Elton John, Debbie Harry, and Shirley Bassey recently got together at a rainforest benefit in NYC and performed that Journey song, "Don't Stop Believing." The awful proof lies in the video herewith embedded. I'm sorry. (Okay, not really.)

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And on a more verifiably classic note: here's the great Miles Davis with his quintet, performing "So What" in 1959. It doesn't get much better than this. My poem based on this tune appeared recently in the online journal shaking like a mountain.

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Finally, the happy news that my poem "What This Poem Will Do" has been picked up by Rattle. It'll appear in the December issue. Yay!


Lyle Daggett said...

I'll never be able to listen to "Don't Stop Believing" again without thinking about the final episode of The Sopranos.


I've always been struck by the unmistakeable distinct sound that Miles Davis has with his horn. I'll be in a bookstore or cafe with music playing, and they'll start playing something with Miles Davis, and I'll recognize his sound immediately, even if I don't recognize the piece of music.

Plaintive, I guess is one word that comes to mind, though not just that. He creates an astonishing kind of space around the horn sound, so that the music seems to be floating or hovering in solitude.

Collin Kelley said...

OMG. That "Don't Stop Belivin" vid is like some kind of acid trip. You know Shirley Bassey is wondering what the hell she's doing there. And then all the boys in speedos come running on stage. Lawdy...

LOVE the Miles Davis clip. Totally stealing it. :)

Anne said...

Lyle - I think you're right on target about Miles' sound having to do with the space around the sound.

Collin - I know! Apparently the speedo boys were there for EJ's cover of "Material Girl" - of which there must be video, somewhere. :)