Music Musings

I’d passed up this Icelandic band so many times in the past.  I had a narrow definition of Post-Rock, and anything with vocals was out.  Now, however, I realize that genres are fluid and that makes them pretty much meaningless except in the general sense.  Sigur Ros is considered “Post-Rock” because “Post-Rock” people listen to it. And that’s how I’ll approach it from now on.  Enjoy this track from the pride of Iceland.

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This is an amazing live “long version” performance of Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit with an excellent guitar intro by Craig Chaquito (very underrated). Grace Slick seems to have taken her own advice…she definitely did “Feed Your Head!”

Few realize that Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street was inspired by American Poet Anne Sexton.  This is the work that made her his muse.

45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton

In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
I’m walking up and down Beacon Hill
searching for a street sign –
namely MERCY STREET.
Not there.

I try the Back Bay.
Not there.
Not there.
And yet I know the number.
45 Mercy Street.
I know the stained-glass window
of the foyer,
the three flights of the house
with its parquet floors.
I know the furniture and
mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
the servants.
I know the cupboard of Spode
the boat of ice, solid silver,
where the butter sits in neat squares
like strange giant’s teeth
on the big mahogany table.
I know it well.
Not there.

Where did you go?
45 Mercy Street,
with great-grandmother
kneeling in her whale-bone corset
and praying gently but fiercely
to the wash basin,
at five A.M.
at noon
dozing in her wiggy rocker,
grandfather taking a nap in the pantry,
grandmother pushing the bell for the downstairs maid,
and Nana rocking Mother with an oversized flower
on her forehead to cover the curl
of when she was good and when she was…
And where she was begat
and in a generation
the third she will beget,
me,
with the stranger’s seed blooming
into the flower called Horrid.

I walk in a yellow dress
and a white pocketbook stuffed with cigarettes,
enough pills, my wallet, my keys,
and being twenty-eight, or is it forty-five?
I walk. I walk.
I hold matches at street signs
for it is dark,
as dark as the leathery dead
and I have lost my green Ford,
my house in the suburbs,
two little kids
sucked up like pollen by the bee in me
and a husband
who has wiped off his eyes
in order not to see my inside out
and I am walking and looking
and this is no dream
just my oily life
where the people are alibis
and the street is unfindable for an
entire lifetime.

Pull the shades down –
I don’t care!
Bolt the door, mercy,
erase the number,
rip down the street sign,
what can it matter,
what can it matter to this cheapskate
who wants to own the past
that went out on a dead ship
and left me only with paper?

Not there.

I open my pocketbook,
as women do,
and fish swim back and forth
between the dollars and the lipstick.
I pick them out,
one by one
and throw them at the street signs,
and shoot my pocketbook
into the Charles River.
Next I pull the dream off
and slam into the cement wall
of the clumsy calendar
I live in,
my life,
and its hauled up
notebooks.

image Oh, you’ve got green eyes
Oh, you’ve got blue eyes
Oh, you’ve got grey eyes
And I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before
No, I’ve never met anyone quite like you before
Bolts from above hurt the people down below
People in this world, we have no place to go

Released as a single in 1982, Temptation has since gone through several iterations and appeared in several films. The song has been performed live more than any other New Order track. The band, while extremely influential during the New Wave error, eschewed flash, gave few interviews, and performed live without considering audience reaction to the short sets. The band was previously known as Joy Division which was a name associated with young girls in concentration camps that the Nazis used for sex. The name was changed after the suicide of a founding member.

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Anesthesia’s Wake Up (A nice play on words) is the first LP from this Colorado trio formed in 2007. It’s crisp and subtle, and delivers more depth than a typical ambient record. There are a lot of reflective melodies on this album and I can easily imagine sitting in a darkened room enjoying the melancholy sound.

Wake Up is available at bandcamp.com.

imageThe world never caught up to Frank Zappa. His music was innovative, humorous, experimental, and intelligent. He didn’t care about being accepted and created the noises that he wanted to create. He blasted the establishment constantly, speaking out against recreational drug use criminalization (even though he didn’t do drugs himself), formulaic pop music, human stupidity, and the church.

Joe’s Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3 Was released in 1979. It is probably the easiest Zappa Album to listen to and displays all of the elements he is touted for.