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Archive for December, 2021

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Thursday, December 9th, 2021

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Strong Feelings – Dry Cleaning
I Saw A Cop – Jill Sobule
It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie
If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time – Lefty Frizzell
A Swamp Dog’s Tale – Goat Girl
1961 – The Grassy Knoll
Lucille – Little Richard
Wild Side Of Life – Hank Thompson
Sweaters (Sam Gendel Remix) – Laurie Anderson
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Back Porch – The Presidents of the United States
Jesus Was A Social Drinker – Chuck Prophet
O Money – The Mekons
John/Joseph – The Narcotix
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams
The Resignation vs The Comeback Special – Todd Snider
Get Right With God – Lucinda Williams
Sweet Dreams – Tori Amos
Weld The Spade – Oysterhead
Fretless Nostril – Critters Buggin

 

blind shuffle mind . . .

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

blind shuffle mind . . .

Platinum Dress – The Vibrators & Chris Spedding
All Blues – Miles Davis
My Medicine – Snoop Dogg
Mule Skinner Blues – Roy Acuff
Egyptian Blues -Ellen McIlwaine
Kickstand Hog – Critters Buggin
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Chaise Longue – Wet Leg
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Shut Up And Drive – Shawn Colvin
Piano Sonata in B Minor – Haydn / Vikingur Olafsson
Heaven And Hell – Willie Nelson
Call Any Vegetable – Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On – Leonard Cohen
The Reoccurring Dream – Joni Mitchell
Lost Highway – Hank Williams
Ice Age – The Bizarros
Bad Kitty – Liz Phair

 

Here’s 3rd third (11.21-30.2021)

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Here’s the 3rd third (11.21-30) 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.

2021.11.22 – Don’t know if I didn’t attend kindergarten
2121.11.23 – Poor most my life
2021.11.23 – Capitalism’s clone Covid-19
2021.11.23 – Wife on diet
2021.11.24 – Sin is scintillating
2021.11.25 – Sitting in silence
2021.11.26 – What a wonderful, grateful country this is
2021.11.27 – When not using the belt
2021.11.28 – Talkin’ n laughin’ n watchin’
2021.11.29 – Moved into first single-family house
2021.11.30 – The person
2021.11.30 – Amerikkka

~ ~ ~

Don’t know if I didn’t attend kindergarten
because I’m that old or we were that poor

Age and money weights everything
(though mind can free it)

~ ~ ~

Poor most my life
yet smarter than most
looking down on the downlookers

Hospital waiting room
more mediocre music
devil as D.J.

Help|
Is it tomorrow yet?
Except then it would be today again

Hot bath sauna
soak poisons from the body
melt em from the mind

Preaching tabernacle
to the choir
good gulp gone

Too many times
it’s gotta do it
so whatcha gonna do?

I ass you
you mind bound?
you behind behind?

Rich white freedom
fracturing the rest of us
time for pitchforks and torches

Bunny bashing mice
told to stop
by the woodland fairies

~ ~ ~

Capitalism’s clone Covid-19
has killed 5,160,000 people worldwide
so far
and we’ve barely started counting

~ ~ ~

Wife on diet
I offer her cookies
sez “You’re the Devil”

I’ll take sin over salvation
much easier to spell
and more fun

~ ~ ~

Sin is scintillating
sin is sine qua non

Sin is singularity
sin quantum’s dawn

There’s sin in single
sin in sing

Sin snake wiggle
long since singed

Sinning in, and out about
and of course in the devout

Also the looters of the looney bins
with their lawyers and loathsome louts

It’s not so much original sin
as seedy second-hand doubt

Sincere as Satan’s sire
sinsational sin in search of fire

~ ~ ~

Sitting in silence
clocks asymmetrically ticking
rain whispering roof
dishwasher murmuring
wife upstairs washing up from cooking
dog here waiting wife
cat in wife’s chair cleaning
sirens on bridge blocks away
harmonizing with coyotes below
frequent slow low freight train rumble
waiting for turkey to cook
the in-laws to come
sitting in silence

~ ~ ~

What a wonderful, grateful country this is
unless
you were living here before whites arrived
or
you were brought bound black in ship bottoms
or
your yellow skin greased the railroads
or
or
or

~ ~ ~

“When not using the belt
it contains in the box under the deck board”

There’s me
there’s the world inside my head
there’s *something* out there

Eyes in cold
awaiting wife
watching walkers

There’s now
there’s next
there’s the creeping up behind

I’m not a nice guy
i just play one
in reality

There are heres
there are theres
there are elsewheres

In a haze
I look dazed
at your ways

“Sometimes during assembly
it is best to be two people”

~ ~ ~

Talkin’ n laughin’ n watchin’
folk flee misery
welcome to the newest
longest fastest slowest endless
binged mini-series
called LIFE
where ya gotta grab yr laughs
as you can
pearls snatched from pus
(for the way is dark)
(the way is painful)
(the way is crass)
to hide from them
and keep for us
yesterday’s bone today
for tomorrow’s prone to praying
one more chance
to mile groan foot feet
of meat marching
butcher bound
to ground

~ ~ ~

Moved into first single-family house
since I left parents 58 years ago

The years between saw
bootcamp barracks, Memphis airbase,
military prep school,
Bancroft Hall in Annapolis,
cannibalized row houses in Baltimore,
rat and cockroach enclaves in Baltimore,
soleless apartment complexes in Baltimore,
a Michigan woods shack
with my not-yet self-killed brother,
a low trash highrise outside Cleveland,
a 4th floor warehouse overlooking Lake Erie,
a 5-condo long ago pharmacy,
a few park benches and sleeping in bushes,
31 months of backpacks tents
and ancient rooms in foreign lands,
a friend’s love shack,
and 12 years top floor old Victorian house
before moving here
our 141 year-old house
on the lip of an 80-foot bank
overlooking the Cleveland zoo

My first house ever
thanks to wife who got tired
of paying rent
and found her own
me along for ride

Enjoying backyard deer
skunks
(not really two sprayed dog)
groundhogs, squirrels
feral cats, coyotes
cardinals, blue jays
in our 1-block red-brick dead-end
last house on left
multi-racialed neighbored existence

Appreciate lack of other people
of worrying were my footsteps too loud
my frequent “Fuck!”s unwelcome
my Bohenianism bothersome
my weed too heavy

Here makes 16-yeared wife happy
with her too-large dog,
her garden, her art, her office,
her happier husband,
her pride

Home’s where the rent isn’t
and the dog is

~ ~ ~

The person
I want to be with
wants to be with me

Sez she likes me
cuz I’m old, crusty, and rusted
sweet talker she

Cat on lap
dog on floor
wife in heart

~ ~ ~

Amerikkka
run by the white rich
for the rich white

We can fix this criminal inequality
with reason
or blood

 

workin’ in the shuffle mine . . .

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

workin’ in the shuffle mine . . .

Bad Karma – Miley Cyrus & Joan Jett
Dizzy – Tuxedomoon
Kill Your Mama – Anita Keys
I Really Love You – George Harrison
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tracy Bonham
Stoner Yodel Number One – Todd Snider
Compersion Pt. 1 – Arab Strap
It Was An Accident – NRBQ
Stuff Is Way – They Might Be Giants
Walking In The Rain – Grace Jones
5:45 – JJ Sterry w/ Gang Of Four
Hell On Heels – Pistol Annies
Rainbow In Curved Air – Terry Riley
If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck – Ray Charles
To Zion – Digital Underground
Piano Sonata in B Minor – Haydn / Vikingur Olafsson
Switch Blade (Alternate Take) – Duke Ellington, Mingus, Max Roach
This Is Ridiculous – New York Dolls

 

mine fine shuffle . . .

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

mine fine shuffle . . .

Take What I Can Get – Halle & The Jilt
Underdog Victorious – Jill Sobule
3/4 Time – Ray Charles
Wet Dream – Wet Leg
#1 Crush – Garbage
Professional Widow – Tori Amos
Elephant Talk – King Crimson
Prison Of The Senses – Pere Ubu
What We All Want – The Dandy Warhols w/ Gang of Four
The KKK Took My Baby Away – Shonen Knife
Baby Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo
Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk
Thrills – Cake
Snakes Crawl – Bush Tetras
Nice ‘N’ Sleazy – The Stranglers
Take A Chance – Clinic
Fuck That Guy – The Dirty Knobs
Blue Yodel No. 8 – Jimmie Rodgers
The Caravan Moves On – Charles Lloyd

 

“Oh My F*king God Get The F*king Vaccine Already You F*king F*ks” by Wendy Molyneux

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Wish I could scream this to the unvaccinated thru a bullhorn —

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/oh-my-fucking-god-get-the-fucking-vaccine-already-you-fucking-fucks?

 

ruffle shuffle . . .

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

ruffle shuffle . . .

Strut – Jimmy Smith & Taj Mahal
I Saw A Cop – Jill Sobule
Frank Sinatra – Cake
Kickstand Hog – Critters Buggin
You Are My Sunshine – The Dead South
Jesus Was A Social Drinker – Chuck Prophet
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk Quintet
Shut Up And Drive – Shawn Colvin
Repo Man – Meteors
Weld The Spade – Oysterhead
Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer – Morphine
Sweaters (Sam Gendel Remix) – Laurie Anderson & Sam Gendel
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
Necessary Evil – Debbie Harry
Lucille – Little Richard
Deep Dish – Ani Difranco
Bloody Mary Morning – Willie Nelson
In C – Jean-Louis Matinier & Kevin Seddiki
TV Spot (Apr. 71) – CAN

 

scuffle shuffle . . .

Wednesday, 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

 

Wednesday, 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.

 

 
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