All the words needed

Guttural growling—
High piercing squeals—soft gentle
Whispers—all at once
All this in rhythms—heartbeats—
In our breathing—together—

All the words needed
To describe us are in tongues
We hear but can’t speak
For understanding to come
Shut the fuck up and listen

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(after the Tanya Tagaq concert, Phi Centre, Montreal)

 

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Take a Walk by Your Graveside

Halloween Two Ghosts

Take a Walk by Your Graveside
(R.I.P. Bob and Lou with thanks to K.N.)

This Halloween we’ll swoop, swoop, rock, rock
Take a walk by your graveside,
Hear the music without the musician,
Marvel at the magic without the magician,
And all the young queers in the bathhouses,
Will shed a tear for bygone blowjobs,
And all the boys in the backrooms
Who died of the same,
Every hairy teddy bear and shaved tom cat,
Will swoop, swoop, oh baby, rock, rock
As we walk by your graveside.

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Depth Charge: It was my first boyfriend who introduced me to Lou Reed’s album Transformer. I had heard Walk on the Wild Side, but the album in its entirety was another thing all together and, for him, the song Andy’s Chest held a special significance.  Also, at this time of year my thoughts always turn to my friend Bob Read and his death on Nov 1, 2000.  Fortunately, Halloween and friends bring all these memories into the present and the music can live on without the musician.

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Ballad of a Brokenhip-ster

Mucca Pazza  performing at the Festival Internatonal de Jazz de Montréal, June 30, 2013

Mucca Pazza performing at the Festival Internatonal de Jazz de Montréal, June 30, 2013

Used to dance the night away,
Now, can’t even sleep one through,
After four hours sleep, up
I get to glean the gossip
From the birds before dawn,
So I face the day wanting
Everything, but prepared for
Nothing,
And rarely disappointed.

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Open-Heart Surgery, New Orleans’ Style

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty at Club Soda, Jun 30, 2013 for the Montreal Jazz Festival

It was already hanging
By the slenderest of threads
But Trombone Shorty’s music
Pulled my heart out through my head

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