Monday, August 24, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Coney Island Of My Mind #18


"No urban night is like the night there... Squares after
squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our
poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will."

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2015
Words by Ezra Pound, from Patria Mia © 1911

Monday, August 17, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back."

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Is It Rolling, Bob?


Bob Johnston
Rest In Peace

"It wasn't just a matter of turning on the machines. He created an atmosphere in the studio that really invited you to do your best, stretch out, do another take, an atmosphere that was free from judgment, free from criticism, full of invitation, full of affirmation. Just the way he'd move while you were singing: He'd dance for you. So, it wasn't all just as laissez­faire as that. Just as art is the concealment of art, laissez­faire is the concealment of tremendous generosity that he was sponsoring in the studio." -Leonard Cohen

"Johnston had fire in his eyes. He had that thing that some people call 'momentum.' You could see it in his face and he shared that fire, that spirit. Columbia's leading folk and country producer, he was born one hundred years too late. He should have been wearing a wide cape, a plumed hat, and riding with his sword held high. Johnston disregarded any warning that might get in his way... Johnston lived on low country barbecue, and he was all charm." -Bob Dylan

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"If we are to suppose a miracle to be something so entirely out of the course of what is called nature, that she must go out of that course to accomplish it, and we see an account given of such miracle by the person who said he saw it, it raises a question in the mind very easily decided, which is, is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie?"

Monday, August 3, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"I'm for decency — period. I'm for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. But when lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday — cash me out."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Silence? What can New York — noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, story, turbulent New York — have to do with silence? Amid the universal clatter, the incessant din of business, the all swallowing vortex of the great money whirlpool — who has any, even distant, idea of the profound repose......of silence?"

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ecstasy

Cover mine eyes, O my Love!
Mine eyes that are weary of bliss
As of light that is poignant and strong
O silence my lips with a kiss,
My lips that are weary of song!
Shelter my soul, O my love!
My soul is bent low with the pain
And the burden of love, like the grace
Of a flower that is smitten with rain:
O shelter my soul from thy face!

From The Golden Threshold, 1916

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Different Song


"All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume
that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must
always be accompanied by moral choice."

Theodore Bikel
Rest In Peace

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"The contemplation of beauty, whether it be a uniquely tinted sunset, a radiant face, or a work of art, makes us glance back unwittingly at our personal past and juxtapose ourselves and our inner being with the utterly unattainable beauty revealed to us."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Waiting For Primetime


Marlene Sanders
Rest In Peace

"Marlene Sanders got there first. That women are finally recognized as first-rate professionals is due in no small part to the path-breaking courage of Marlene Sanders." -Bill Moyers

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"To think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vue Urbaine


"What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters."

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"We are funny creatures. We don't see the stars as they are, so why do we love them? They are not small gold objects, but endless fire."

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Solid Gold


"Well, I was driving around Boston looking for a place just to shake my ass.
Don't wanna to hear no disco, gotta hear something outta my past."

Billy Borgioli
Rest In Peace

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Never Before Now


Gary Quackenbush
Rest In Peace

"The 1960s are remembered as a very fertile time for music, when bands were actually encouraged to take risks, be different, try something new and write their own material. With so many talented acts around, it's easy to see how some of the less-commercial bands might be forgotten. Sometimes the most interesting music is the kind you have to seek out and dig for, like a lost treasure — SRC are a perfect example of this. With musical barriers and restrictions being torn down then, it allowed bands across the country to do something original. Detroit specifically, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, had a budding scene where bands were producing harsher sounds and pushed the musical limits. This was the atmosphere in which the heavy psychedelic-rock of SRC would flourish."

Text from SRC: Their Story (Perfect Sounds Forever)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dirge Without Music

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.  Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.


Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.


The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
They are gone.  They are gone to feed the roses.  Elegant and curled
Is the blossom.  Fragrant is the blossom.  I know.  But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.


Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know.  But I do not approve.  And I am not resigned.


From Edna  St. Vincent Millay's Collected Poems © 1928

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. We learned not to believe in anything, to ignore one another, to care only about ourselves."

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Man stands alone in the universe, responsible for his condition, likely to remain in a lowly state, but free to reach above the stars."

Monday, June 1, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"I believe in you and me. I'm like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life — in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by god, then I believe in god. But I don't believe in a personal god to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Too Many Mornings


Bobby Jameson 
Rest In Peace

I first heard Bobby Jameson when I picked up an LP about 15 years ago called Songs Of Protest And Anti-Protest by Chris Lucey. I knew nothing of Lucey, but was intrigued by the title and cover-photo, which oddly enough is a live shot of Brian Jones. Songs is an excellent dark folk album — with hints of Latin jazz and the occasional out-right pop-psych number like "Girl From Vernon Mountain" — at times reminiscent of Arthur Lee and Love, as well as Phil Ochs, Fred Neil and other tragi-folk go-nowheres. It turned out that Lucey was in reality the singer/songwriter Bobby Jameson who put out a string of fantastic 45s, highlights being his 1963 debut "Let's Surf" (released under the name Bobby James), "I Wanna Love You" b/w "I'm So Lonely" (ethereal Buddy Holly-eque weep), the classic "All I Want Is My Baby" (co-penned with Andrew Loog Oldham and Keith Richards, and rumored to feature Jimmy Page on lead guitar), "Reconsider Baby" (arranged and produced by Frank Zappa), and the absolutely scorching two-sider "Vietnam" b/w "Metropolitan Man," which Jameson recorded with garage-punk legends The Leaves.

Jameson also released two other LPs, and recorded intermitdedly throughout the '70s and '80s, but drug and criminal problems — as well as thieving record labels — kept him from achieving any semblance of success (he was even homeless at one point). Seek out any of his songs on YouTube, and you'll see how history overlooked a real gem of a songwriter/performer.