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Archive for December, 2011

Ciao Chow Boogie

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Yield 2011 – foto Smith

Dood another word tune jam with Pater Ball of Apartment One today and got this odd offspring called Ciao Chow Boogie.

I call it lumber rock because I just lumber around the music golem-like having a good old time

This is the last 50 seconds of our first attempt with a minute music bridge leading to my second attempt which I’m kind of fond of in spots, awkwardness and all.

Ciao Chow Boogie >

Poem comes from 2000, with the italicized choruses added today so we’d have something to record since no new woulds arrived.

Ciao Chow Boogie

Ciao chow boogie, go down wail gone
Sassafras the fancies she’s my daddy-o mom
My moldy goldy oldie, my crazy maybe one

Dance without pattern, reshuffle the stars
Brighten your lantern, shake up their sad are

Raise sin to sensation, peel feel from the ground
No explanation, just loose liquid sound
Undress in nude nation, do the two-back get down

Play within patterns which muffle their mar
Fight their dark lantern and break their code bar

Riding now into never with every sly lie
I’m cool cat copacetic in absolute time
Jig forever together in metaphoric fire

Dance with my pattern, reruffle their raw
Light my own lantern, wreck their zone war

— Smith, 2000, 2011

Music, mix, edit, recording Peter Ball; words, voice Smith; at Aptone Studio.

There are 35 more Ball & Smith jams at

Interstitial travel – foto Smith


Santa, Big Brother, & Homeland Security

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A marry Homeland Security Xmas 2 U – foto Smith

Man o man o woman o child o but this song sure makes it sound like Santa Claus is working for Big Brother and his Department of Homeland Security, otherwise known as the Department of Spying, Lying and Locking Up American Citizens for Exercising Their Freedom of Speech and Protest.

I mean, just read this list of authoritarian threats.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout

I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice

Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout

I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.

Here’s an incredible list of possibly government agents who have recorded the song – and what an amazing disparate motley trash to class list it is, all the way from fluff like Hillary Duff to the goody of Woody Herman and the bella of Ella Fitzgerald

1910 Fruitgum Company / Alan Jackson / Alice Cooper / All-4-One / Alvin and the Chipmunks / Alvino Rey with the King Sisters / Andrea Bocelli / Andy Williams / Angélica María / Art Paul Schlosser (a parody called “IRS is Coming to Town”) / B2K / Beegie Adair / Bianca Ryan / Bill Evans / Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters / Björn Again / Bootsy’s Rubber Band / Boston Pops Orchestra / The Brady Bunch / Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band / Bucky Covington / Burl Ives / Celine Dion / Charlie Simpson / Chicago / Chris Isaak and Stevie Nicks / CKY / Connie Talbot / Cyndi Lauper with Frank Sinatra / Dave Brubeck / Dave Valentin / David Benoit / Dean Martin / Destiny’s Child / Diana Ross / Dolly Parton / Dokken / Donna Loren / Elaine Paige / Ella Fitzgerald / Emma Roberts / Faith Hill / Fourplay / Frank Sinatra / Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons / Fred Astaire / Gene Autry / George Strait / Ginette Reno / Girl Authority / Glee cast / Gnarkill / Green Day / Hampton String Quartet / Hi-5 / Hilary Duff / Jackie Gleason / James Taylor / Jimmy McGriff / Johnny Mathis / Joseph Spence / Jump5 / Justin Bieber / Kate Smith / Katy Garbi / Kenny G / The Kidsongs Kids / Kokia / Larry Groce/ Lawrence Welk / Lena Horne / Lonestar / Luis Miguel / Lynyrd Skynyrd / Mandy Moore / Manhattan Transfer / Mariah Carey / McFly / Melanie Safka / Merle Haggard / Michael Bolton / Michael Bublé / Michael Martin Murphey / Miley Cyrus / Mitch Miller and the Gang / Nat King Cole / Natalie Grant / Neil Diamond / Nicole Henry / Ozzie Nelson / Patricia Barber / Peggy Lee / Perry Como / Randy Travis / Ray Charles / Ray Conniff Singers / Rica Fukami / Richard Clayderman / Rosemary Clooney / Shark Island / Slade / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles / Smothers Brothers / Stephanie McIntosh / Steve Rushton / Steven Tyler / Sugarcult / The Brian Setzer Orchestra / The Beach Boys / The California Raisins / The Carpenters / The Cheetah Girls / The Cookies / The Crystals / The Jackson 5 / The Judds / The Oak Ridge Boys / The Partridge Family / The Pointer Sisters / The Revillos / The Reverend Horton Heat / The Supremes / The Temptations / The Ten Tenors / Tommy Dorsey / Tony Bennett / TVXQ / Vanessa Amorosi / Vince Gill / Vonzell Solomon / Westlife / Wizo / Woody Herman / Wynonna / Hnatovsky, Zooey Deschanel. (per Wikipedia, one of my favorite online tools).

I mean, think about it – foto Smith


7 + 7 12.17.2011

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Dance before beyond
so partial past prevented
or the joke’s on you

Scene as yet unseen
slanted in dealer dented
tilted toward true

It’s me against them
not in war or more contest
but rite of wrong way

Black hole, white smile
orange arranged all around
public cannon clown
better bang for buck
rusted luck within without
did done lost its clout

The twin towers
of appeasement all fall down
the black hole of greed

Never could I be
black bagged and carried along
path set by others

She skips out the door
in sundress mid winter ice
seeks stranger kindness

haiku/senryu/fotos Smith 12.17.2011


Mausoleum, Museum, Movie

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Iron not – foto Smith

Mausoleum, Museum, Movie

Entombed in night, uneasy
In the wrought iron knots
Of the gray spider’s thread
  vague eternal, ember
They scurry replete, unfree
To such preconceived thoughts
As are hung from the dead

— Smith, 1969

Picked this old poem to match the new fotos.

Poem is about some folk being so afraid of death and of living their own lives using their own inner values and thoughts and principles they turn instead to outside authority such as academics, society and the past — i.e., death. Or so my 23 yr-old self thought. And as my nigh 66 yr-old self still believes.

iron knot – foto Smith


Lady K & Smith reading 2nite

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Lady K, poet reading tonight – foto Smith

Lady and I are the featured poets today Thirsday Dec 15. We’ll be reading from 10:30 thru 11:15 pm. I’ll read 15 minutes, then Lady will read 15 minutes, and I’ll finish up with a 3rd 15 minutes.

Here’s the reading schedule:

Open Mic Joust: 7:00 – 8:00
Ken Gradomski 8:00 – 8:20
Andrew Line 8:25 – 8:45
R.A. Washington 8:50 – 9:15
Anita with Ryann 9:20 – 9:50
Bree 9:55 – 10:25
Smith & Lady 10:30 – 11:15

Thursday December 15, 2011 — Bela Dubby
13321 Madison, Ave, Lakewood, OH
Writing Knights Press Presents:
Slaying Silent Knights
Smith & Lady
Bree — Anita Herczog w/ Ryann Anderson
R.A. Washington – Ken Gradomski – Andrew Line

7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Contest: Open Mic Joust, 7-8 pm
Ten 5 minute performances
Audience Picks the Winner
Winner Features in January & Chap Book Publishing Available

I’ll be reading mostly stuff from the past two years, but here’s one of my older poems I’ll mix in.

Dear Occupants, Accidents & Occidentals

Just yesterday it was yesterday
Now it’s already today

Confuse not mercy with weakness
Confuse weakness not with an upset liver
And confuse not an upset liver with love
It is the shape of the silence
Which defines the sound
Like winter rubbing against summer
Each refines the other

Only certain curtains can be drawn
The rest must be endured
The souring sermons
The centered self serving
The lion den Christians in Coliseum stands
Twixt ape and angel wandering
Torn between the knowledge
And the need

Do I worship the moon or sun
Or yet the blooded one?
I bloat and smell
Decay in age
The focus runs

— Smith, 2003

Smith, poet reading tonight – foto Smith


Menu Order for Reality: Dec. 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Hi God/Goddess/Universe/Whatever-You-Are,

With utmost respect, I’d like the freedom to talk with You today as though You are expecting me to order from a menu–I pray that this is OK.

I am really glad that some troops are returning back home to the United States. In a way, they are being “detained” back home. What I would like to see is for all of these troops to be integrated into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as laborers. The first project I want to see them build is high speed, affordable rail such that people from everywhere in the United States can easily get around to see their families who might be living in other states without having to use airplanes, cars and buses. I would like to see the system work such that it is coordinated with local rail systems much like those I have seen in Europe, but of course, again, a lot less expensive to use.

I’d like for all the troops and all the military contractors to also return home and be integrated into similar projects such that rather than having oppressive employment, these people are employed in ways that do not oppress.

I’d like for all those who have been needing work who happen to be in the United States to be able to easily obtain work that is very high paying. One particular large project I have in mind is converting the monoculture crop swaths to organic farms with varieties of crops–this helps feed bees better. I’d also like to see a highly-paid beekeeper on every farm.

I want the subsidies for corn and soy to be diverted to all organic produce such that people can afford to buy the produce, and I want to see a lot of tasty vegetarian recipes that are easy to prepare.

I’d like to see a sliding scale for healthy food such that people who need food stamps receive food stamps to the extent that the food stamps are needed by these people. But I’d like for us to also think about the obesity and population problem and for us to use our foods mindfully so that we are not consuming too much of the Earth’s resources.

I’d like for people to limit their consumption of other animals by at least half, if not more. I prefer that homo sapiens become vegetarians because it is more ethical and kind to be a vegetarian, but I understand that our cultures have tended to foster acceptance of eating other animals so of course I understand the eating of other animals.


How 2 blog

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Occupy Cleveland tent wall – foto Smith

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Ice sage – foto Smith


smith’s Wake-up Dream – Dec. 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

smith relaying his dream to Lady this morning:

it was a big old house, many many floors. all the people had been turned against each other, so they were misusing each other, abusing each other. and we convinced them to work together.

one bad guy even apologized to the rest of us for bullying. then the people who had turned everybody against each other–the controllers–came, and we pretended that it was discordant like before, and we fooled them.

but somebody had left a note on the banister on one of the stairwells that would have given us away. the bad people stopped by and were checking us out. we fooled them; they thought everything was normal.

but they were walking up the stairs and we were afraid they were going to see the note and find out, and that’s when I woke up. it’s the wake up dreams you remember the easiest.

– smith & Lady

Personal disclaimer by Lady: I do not believe that bad people exist. I believe that the situations have sometimes been such that we sometimes have perceived some people as bad.


Is this a test?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Eye and I – foto Lady K

All the Above

Fear of life.
Fear of death.

Is this a test?

— Smith, 2010

Lady and I are the featured poets this coming Thursday. We’ll be reading from 10:45 thru 11:30 pm.

Thursday December 15, 2011 — Bela Dubby
13321 Madison, Ave, Lakewood, OH
Writing Knights Press Presents:

Slaying Silent Knights
Smith & Lady
Bree — Anita Herczog w/ Ryann Anderson
R.A. Washington – Ken Gradomski – Andrew Line

7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Contest: Open Mic Joust, 7-8 pm
5 minute performances
Audience Picks the Winner
Winner Features in January & Chap Book Publishing Available

White hole – foto Smith


Letter to President Obama – Thanks for certain initiatives and suggestions for the Peace Economy

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Dear President Obama,

This morning it occurs to me to give thanks to you for doing some things that I think are helpful.

I am encouraged by your vision for a fairer America where everyone has a great shot at success. Mostly likely the CFPB can help this to an extent. Am glad for the thought of simplifying credit card agreements.

Thank you for thinking about job creation, too, and working towards this. I have signed multiple petitions to ask people who are elected to help with this as well.

And thank you for the work on helping ensure that all who want to vote, can, and we certainly are encouraging more people to vote.

I wish for you to consider job creation in terms of sustainability and peacefulness as well. Can we withdraw all troops and military contractors and put these people to work rebuilding a sustainable high speed rail system in the United States? And possibly in helping reformat the large monoculture crop areas so that we move to a more friendly, sustainable system of growing food in which more people can be employed at great living wages?

Last, can we think about perhaps a more mixed economy with people being paid a lot more, but working less and participating in direct needs so that we can realize the promise of progress and civilization?



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Contact information for President Obama can be found here in the case that you feel you have suggestions for him as well.


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