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Our relationship was forged to the soundtrack of Yoko Ono's magic,
frenetic, love-laden song, "Walking On Thin Ice." ( play song )

scuffle shuffle . . .

December 1st, 2021

scuffle shuffle . . .

Woman – Susheela Raman
Puttin’ On The Dog – Tom Waits
Three O’Clock Blues – Jimmy Smith & B.B. King
The Men Who Rule The World – Garbage
Assassin – Bill Laswell
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major – Johann Sebastian Bach
(I Can’t Afford) Your Shitty Dreamhouse – Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
Waltz Across Texas – Ernest Tubb
On My Radio – The Selecter
God Is God – Juno Reactor
Beauty Tip – Television
Wild Side Of Life – Hank Thompson
I Met Him On A Sunday – Laura Nyro & LaBelle
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – I’m With Her w/ Paul Kowert
India (live at The Village Vanguard 1961) – John Coltrane
Your Mama Won’t Like Me – Suzi Quatro
Fuck Your Acid Trip – Modest Mouse
Bark Like A God – Sloppy Jane


December 1st, 2021
15 songs added to my A.I. shuffle
349 – I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
350 – Snakes Crawl – Bush Tetras
351 – This Is Ridiculous – New York Dolls
352 – Kitty – Ruby And The Rednecks
353 – Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings
354 – Waymore’s Blues – Waylon Jennings
355 – Highwaymen – Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings
356 – Underdog Victorious – Jill Sobule
357 – I Saw A Cop – Jill Sobule
358 – Five Foot One – Iggy Pop
359 – King Of Bakersfield – Cracker
360 – Get Right With God – Lucinda Williams
361 – Where’s My Pebble – NRBQ
362 – Jesus Was A Social Drinker – Chuck Prophet
362 – The Wake-Up Bomb – R.E.M.


waterglass window

November 30th, 2021

Commissioned a stained glass piece for Lady’s Christmas present from Contois/Reynolds Studio.

Steve Reynolds and I’ve been friends for 50 years, since Loyola College 1971, which is my seccond longest relationship after Mother Dwarf.

Met Reynolds in Baltimore, then he moved to West Virginia for decades, and finally to Spokane Washington . . . which is funny because I left Spokane in 1963 to join the Navy. What a weird web reality weaves.

It was going to be a flaming sun piece, but Lady requested water because of Lake Network, her web design business (honoring Lake Erie).

Love the piece. It glows in soft light, reflects the fireplace at night in low light, is a major presence, and literally lights up the room.

Here’s a foto tour of our living room . . . art by Reynolds, Lady, Cat Smith, me.

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soft shuffle

November 28th, 2021

soft shuffle . . .

White Man – Macy Gray
The Caravan Moves On – Charles Lloyd
Shut Up And Drive – Shawn Colvin
Junkie Doll – Mark Knopfler
Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith
Federal Funding – Cake
Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
Fretless Nostril – Critters Buggin
Peroxide Beach – Sloppy Jane
Little Head – John Hiatt
A Rainbow In Curved Air – Terry Riley
Sex And The Church – David Bowie
Busted Up – The Replacements
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Christine’s Tune – The Flying Burrito Brothers
Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer – Morphine
Sex And Gasoline – Rodney Crowell
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
The Boy Can’t Help It – Bonnie Raitt


no muffle shuffle on . . .

November 24th, 2021

no muffle shuffle on . . .

Give The Drummer Some – Can
Take Five -Dave Brubeck
Pleasure And Pain – Divinyls
Whitey On The Moon – Gil Scott-Heron
Take What I Can Get – Halle & The Jilt
Trillium – Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band
Fine And Mellow – Hurray For The Riff Raff
Strong Feelings – Dry Cleaning
Infra-Red – Placebo
Ice Age – The Bizarros
God & The FBI – Janis Ian
Democracy – Leonard Cohen
Repo Man – Meteors
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 In F Major – Bach
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Carolyn Wonderland & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Switch Blade (Alternate Take) – Duke Ellington, Mingus, Max Roach
What We All Want – The Dandy Warhols w/ Gang of Four
Bad Kitty – Liz Phair
1961 – The Grassy Knoll
In C – Orchestra Nihilistica


maybe not finished, she sez

November 24th, 2021

Lady’s new poem (maybe not finished she sez):

And this morning I am the uterus supporting a placenta attached to a castle in the ether in which sets the nodding crown consternating jewels of tildes and asterisks and beating itself with willow branches.
I am ground talking about itself. I used to think I was grown but I was ground up into this fecund habitat like a good virgin burger.
I can’t complain for the dog and the cat shoot over the cultivated hills like two minnows or the commentary of passing clouds and Liberty runs through the garden, Queen of Nature. Grandma sheds golden coruscations through the mirror’s plasma like the insight of a sparkling veil. Grandpa’s thunder rumbles in the distance.
The Goddess is in the poison ivy again; she so loves her garden for isn’t it bedecking of her feet on the plush flock of moss, her taut arm curling its oval finger to smell the hibiscus’s hymn? Her nose is Mona Lisa. Her mouth is Uma Thurman. Her partner documents the copious comings and goings of seasonal crops.


toilet’s clogged again . . .

November 23rd, 2021

toilet’s clogged again . . . this thing won’t go down the drain


2nd third of poem tag

November 20th, 2021

Here’s the 2nd third (11.11-20) of my side of poem-tag with poet / playwright / professor Mary E. Weems . . . each day we use the other’s last poem to start our new one.

2021.11.11 – Welcome on in
2021.11.12 – There’s good
2021.11.14 – Moonlight is sunlight reflected
2021.11.14 – Mom put us in a perp line
2021.11.15 – My super power?
2021.11.15 – I run on guilt, angst, stress
2021.11.16 – Creek got no paddle
2021.11.17 – Pondering the ineffable
2021.11.17 – In dentist chair
2021.11.18 – Rain comes for all
2021.11.18 – Back in Babylon
2021.11.18 – Norml
2021.11.19 – From Pappy
2021.11.20 – The yellow brick road

~ ~ ~

Welcome on in
we keep moonlight lit
topic wide
nothing off limit
(cept greed and disrespect)
we talk in pause
clip claws
toke time
know then as now
now as future
(and future past)
no known
except this and that are true
or not
or true and knot

Moon’s up there
in the dark
above the clouds
above the rain
sound soothing
wet weaving

~ ~ ~

There’s good
there’s bad
there’s worse

Sound of train and rooster
and laughing children
lighten my day

Looking out window
bending back to ease pain
I see squirrel run electric wire

Humans piss upstream
run down
drink the water

~ ~ ~

Moonlight is sunlight reflected
so why don’t night vampires burn?

Got loon dust in my green cheese.

We’re off to the woods
gonna steal some gingerbread
from the wicked witch

~ ~ ~

Mom put us in a perp line
5 yr old sister 9 yr me straight and stiff
in front of the refrigerator

“We won’t be going on the picnic
until whoever stole the cupcake confesses”
she glared, She-Hulk angry

I stood firm, cool, innocent
sis squirmed
after 10 minutes of stare
mom told me to go outside

When I came back in
my crying sister had confessed
and we were heading out

I felt triumphant
the cupcake I’d stolen even more delicious

~ ~ ~

My super power?
I can choose every time
the wrong or slowest line

~ ~ ~

I run on guilt, angst, stress
until I toke
sit in sun, soft breeze

~ ~ ~

Creek got no paddle
less pot than piss
dark street I amble
stain that with this

Is shows stark tone
not nice in aim
more broken home
balanced on blame

What’s that roil
I see in me
mind meat spoil
rotting evilly

Bad or good
fight within
depends which food
you feed em

Dog got good heart
unless food appears
or new dogpiss perfume
alluringly leers

Nature v nuture
freeform or code
create the future
or carry pre-load?

~ ~ ~

Pondering the ineffable . . .

Do titmice have nipples?
Is a gift a manifested if?

If time is relative
where are its in-laws?

Does now start now
or do we wait for later?

If there’s no beginning, no end
what are we doing here?

Since no normal’s the new normal
I now drive an ambiance

Welcome to love em or lingam

~ ~ ~

In dentist chair
paid pain today
for happier tomorrow

~ ~ ~

Rain comes for all
rain leaves for none
life goes on

~ ~ ~

Back in Babylon
Mammon’s road
stuff way

~ ~ ~

An almost setting on dishwasher
National Org Reform Marijuana Laws

~ ~ ~

From Pappy
honesty and endurance

from Mom
love and kindness

from both

at the bottom of the poverty well

~ ~ ~

The yellow brick road
at the murder site in Oz
begins in a red-yellow spiral

We know the yellow goes
to brainless men
heartless cowards
opium poppies
and flying monkey poo

We know yellow brings
lying rulers
flim flammed young maams
and death by hydration
in a goth wet t-shirt competition

All this
for a pair of tacky shoes
worn on ugly feet
in hopes of returning home
to what bored you into leaving
in the first place

I wonder where the red brick goes?


last night’s shuffle soufflé . . .

November 20th, 2021

last night’s shuffle soufflé . . .

The TV Made Me Do It – Moon Walker
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keys
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
The Caravan Moves On – Charles Lloyd
Bark Like A God – Sloppy Jane
Assassin – Bill Laswell
Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk
I Was Dancing In A Lesbian Bar – Jonathan Richman
Monkey in a Silo – Jim White
Suite No. 1 In C – Bach
Breaking Point – The Specials
No Bammer Weed – Snoop Dogg
Necessary Evil – Debbie Harry
Female Jesus – Johnny Dowd
Little Liars – Ida Mae
Ninety Miles An Hour Down A Dead-End Street – Hank Snow
Money Jungle – Duke Ellington, Mingus, Max Roach

From what I read, the session for the Money Jungle album — 1963, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach — was tense. Per one version, part way through, Mingus packed up his bass and left, disgusted by Ellington’s selfishness, with Ellington chasing him down the street trying to talk him out of leaving. The tension’s evident in the title cut, making the song even better.


shuffle shuffle toil from trouble . . .

November 18th, 2021

shuffle shuffle toil from trouble . . .

Ave Maria – Bumba Massa
Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On – Leonard Cohen
Cosmik Debris – Frank Zappa
Coyote – Joni Mitchell
Ain’t Got No Money – Justin Townes Earle
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Beezlebub – Beats Antique w/ Les Claypool
Kool-Aid – Ry Cooder
Grow Mama Grow – Dominique Fils-Aimé
Prelude from Partita No.3 for Solo Violin – Bela Fleck
Busted Up – The Replacements
Solo Dancer – Charles Mingus
If Jesus Drove A Motor Home – Jim White & Aimee Mann
Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
John/Joseph – The Narcotix
Tried To Be A Man – Rickie Lee Jones
M – Music I – Inside C – Curved E-Entrances – Terry Riley
Me And Paul – Willie Nelson
B.H. Goes To A Freak – Critters Buggin
Glueland – Do Nothing


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