Sunday, May 8, 2022

[The city breaks in houses to the sea, uneasy with waves,]

(by Charles Reznikoff) 

The city breaks in houses to the sea, uneasy with waves,
And the lonely sun clashes like brass cymbals.

In the streets truck-horses, muscles sliding under the steaming hides,
Pound the sparks flying about their hooves;
And fires, those gorgeous beasts, squirm in the furnaces,
Under the looms weaving us.

At evening by cellars cold with air of rivers at night,
We, whose lives are only a few words,

Watch the young moon leaning over the baby at her breast
And the stars small to our littleness.

The slender trees stand alone in the fields
Between the roofs of the far town
And the wood far away like a low hill.

In the vast open
The birds are faintly overheard.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Expressive Activities


It’s Spring and Mabel Mercer singing Cole Porter songs.


I just finished reading Swan Dive, a 2021 memoir (and some funny behind the scenes observations) by NYCB dancer Georgina Pazcoguin.


Among the topics she covers is an issue I’ve long wondered about: “The success of The Nutcracker as a revered tradition in the United States is baffling,” she writes.  “The US is the only country that regularly performs a ballet that everyone else in the world considers unwatchable.”


Another pithy comment concerns a different ballet and a role she was apparently dissatisfied with: “The part was so incredibly mindnumbing,” she writes “that while sitting in the wings I was able to do my taxes.”


And speaking of wings and Spring and birds and things, Dorothy Parker was having none of it:  “Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off .”

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

In case you missed it

 Black Lives Matter Releases Statement on Biden's 2022 Budget - Black Lives Matter



"There is a saying that says a budget is a statement of priorities. If that is true, then Biden’s budget is showing Black people that he couldn’t care less about saving Black lives."---from the statement above.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Stickin' It to Putin


Made with non-Russian vodka.
One after another.
After another.
After another.
Stickin’ it to Putin.
You do that enough
And it starts to have an effect.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Shop Talk (a continuing series)

From The First 21 by Nikki Sixx 

“Early on [with Motley Crue] I would insist on rehearsing whole sets, playing backward from the encore, then forward again, building our intros, breaking every song down, remaking it, breaking it back down one more time. It was relentless.” 

Randy Sez:

Thank you to the writers I read just before I begin my day
They inspire me, but don’t hold them responsible.
My writing is like my wrestling
Informed by Japanese and Mexican stylists
With plenty of Freddie Blassie
And The Fabulous Moolah mixed in.
But all my own doing.

Randy Sez more:

I write using a secret formula.
A messy desk has many dimensions.
References and Source Material a go go.
A random list of random things at hand:
Writers’ Thesaurus
Old Farmer’s Almanac
Dr. Bronner packaging
A People’s Guide to Los Angeles
I Will Pass Even to Acheron, by Amanda Newell, 2021
A monograph of artworks by Chaim Soutine
The King James Version of the Holy Bible
A couple of books on NW Coast Native art.

Randy Sez More Plus:

And not always, but often I’m listening to music as I write or read. Sometimes I listen just to listen:

Vivian Fung, Phillip Glass, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Roy Hargrove,
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: There Are Strange Things Happening Every Day
Koko Taylor: Whang Dang Doodle
Memphis Minnie
Luther Johnson (Snakeboy?)
Symphony #2 by Johannes Brahms
Les McCann, Live at the Village Vanguard, 1967
Her "Fachwerk for bayan, percussion and string orchestra" is great.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

String Theory

Art by Antonio Berni


Dream, believe, achieve.


I was terrified to drive
But not choice!!! 


I want to win $1 million dollars a week for life!

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