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motherly love

Alan Dugan の詩です。

     Drunken Memories Of Anne Sexton

The first and last time I met
my ex-lover Anne Sexton was at
a protest poetry reading against
some anti-constitutional war in Asia
when some academic son of a bitch,
to test her reputation as a drunk,
gave her a beer glass full of wine
after our reading. She drank
it all down while staring me
full in the face and then said
"I don't care what you think,
you know," as if I was
her ex-what, husband, lover,
what? And just as I
was just about to say I
loved her, I was, what,
was, interrupted by my beautiful enemy
Galway Kinnell, who said to her
"Just as I was told, your eyes,
you have one blue, one green"
and there they were, the two
beautiful poets, staring at
each others' beautiful eyes
as I drank the lees of her wine.


What's the difference between the love told in this poem and the motherly love?

アン・セクストンは凄い美人です。
Janis Joplin もインテリ学生だったのだと思いますし、歌も下手ではない、多々、容姿にはコンプレックスがあったように感じます。

アン・セクストンは、やはり酒びたりになるほどのコンプレックスにさいなまれていました。

Sandy Denny
とかこの手の女性とはあまりかかわりにならない方がいいですね。

some academic son of a bitch というのはいいえて妙ですが、Bill Clinton 同様、Rhodes Scholarship を受けた Chris Christopherson のことが頭をよぎります。

サンディ・デニーはBBCのインタヴュー、クリストファスンの方は、Rita Coolidge とのデュエットであります。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-29 09:24 | Poetry

the perfect stranger

ユーモリスト、劇作家の Don Marquisの詩です。
マーキーではなくて、マークウィスと発音します。

      pete the parrot and shakespeare 

i got acquainted with
a parrot named pete recently
who is an interesting bird
pete says he used
to belong to the fellow
that ran the mermaid tavern
in london then i said
you must have known
shakespeare know him said pete
poor mutt i knew him well
he called me pete and i called him
bill but why do you say poor mutt
well said pete bill was a
disappointed man and was always
boring his friends about what
he might have been and done
if he only had a fair break
two or three pints of sack
and sherris and the tears
would trickle down into his
beard and his beard would get
soppy and wilt his collar

i remember one night when
bill and ben jonson and
frankie beaumont
were sopping it up
here i am ben says bill
nothing but a lousy playwright
and with anything like luck
in the breaks i might have been
a fairly decent sonnet writer
i might have been a poet
if i had kept away from the theatre
yes says ben i ve often
thought of that bill
but one consolation is
you are making pretty good money
out of the theatre

money money says bill what the hell
is money what i want is to be
a poet not a business man
these damned cheap shows
i turn out to keep the
theatre running break my heart
slap stick comedies and
blood and thunder tragedies
and melodramas say i wonder
if that boy heard you order
another bottle frankie
the only compensation is that i get
a chance now and then
to stick in a little poetry
when nobody is looking
but hells bells that isn t
  what i want to do
  i want to write sonnets and
  songs and spenserian stanzas
  and i might have done it too
if i hadn t got
into this frightful show game
business business business
grind grind grind
what a life for a man
that might have been a poet

well says frankie beaumont
why don t you cut it bill
i can t says bill
i need the money i ve got
a family to support down in
the country well says frankie
anyhow you write pretty good
plays bill any mutt can write
plays for this london public
says bill if he puts enough
murder in them what they want
is kings talking like kings
never had sense enough to talk
and stabbings and stranglings
and fat men making love
and clowns basting each
other with clubs and cheap puns
and off color allusions to all
the smut of the day oh i know
what the low brows want
and i give it to them

well says ben jonson
don t blubber into the drink
brace up like a man
and quit the rotten business
i can t i can t says bill
i ve been at it too long i ve got to
the place now where i can t
write anything else
but this cheap stuff
i m ashamed to look an honest
young sonneteer in the face
i live a hell of a life i do
the manager hands me some mouldy old
manuscript and says
bill here s a plot for you
this is the third of the month
by the tenth i want a good
script out of this that we
can start rehearsals on
not too big a cast
and not too much of your
damned poetry either
you know your old
familiar line of hokum
they eat up that falstaff stuff
of yours ring him in again
and give them a good ghost
or two and remember we gotta
have something dick burbage can get
his teeth into and be sure
and stick in a speech
somewhere the queen will take
for a personal compliment and if
you get in a line or two somewhere
about the honest english yeoman
it s always good stuff
and it s a pretty good stunt
bill to have the heavy villain
a moor or a dago or a jew
or something like that and say
i want another
comic welshman in this
but i don t need to tell
you bill you know this game
just some of your ordinary
hokum and maybe you could
kill a little kid or two a prince
or something they like
a little pathos along with
the dirt now you better see burbage
tonight and see what he wants
in that part oh says bill
to think i am
debasing my talents with junk
like that oh god what i wanted
was to be a poet
and write sonnet serials
like a gentleman should

well says i pete
bill s plays are highly
esteemed to this day
is that so says pete
poor mutt little he would
care what poor bill wanted
was to be a poet

    archy


説明不要でしょう。Archy は、マークウィスの有名なシリーズの語り手。

ビルは、下らない大衆演劇作者じゃなくて、立派な詩人になりたかった、か。
余計なお世話ですが、frankie beaumont で検索かけると出てくるのは他人なので要注意。Frank Beaumont でもだめです。

マークウィスには、ロミオとジュリエットを題材に下やつもありまして。

しかし、逃避策としてのアメリカ詩というのは大失敗、まあ、楽しい失敗ではありますが。
個人的には、アメリカ詩、再訪ということになってしまってます。

コンマ、ピリオド、アポストロフィを全部省略しているのは、きっとうらみがあったのか、でなかれば、タイプ・ライターのキーが打ちづらかったのでしょう。

Francis Vincent Zappa なんて人のことを思い出すのは私だけでしょう。

ザッパとロイヤル・アルバート・ホールをめぐる裁判における裁判長とのやり取りを思い出すと笑います。

ザッパの人生をかの詩のBill の人生に重ねてみると、何が成功で失敗なのか、成功することが幸福なのか、失敗は不幸なのか。

あるいは、Eddie Hinton は、なぜ成功しなかったかはともかく、Hard Luck Guy だったことだけは、確かです。
彼は、シンガー、ソング・ライター、セッション・ギタリスト、セッション・ピアニスト、セッション・シンガーだったわけですが、自分でどう思っているかという問いに、はにかみながら、セッション・プレイヤーで充分だと答えていましたっけ。
Staple Singers と、特にPop Staples と共演できたのが一生の幸せだったそうです。
Respect Yourself!

Hurting you, I'm hurt。
Hurting me, you're hurt, aren't you?

Steve Marriott もステイプルズとやってみたかったでしょうね。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-28 09:42 | Poetry

Deep End

Another Harvard Alumni の登場です。Kenneth Kochの詩です。

Anne Sexton を取り上げた Alan DuganDrunken Memories Of Anne Sexton by へ行くのは、ちょっと気分がへヴィー過ぎるので。
人名の出ている詩つながり、かな。

        You Were Wearing

You were wearing your Edgar Allan Poe printed cotton blouse.
In each divided up square of the blouse was a picture of Edgar Allan Poe.
Your hair was blonde and you were cute. You asked me, "Do most boys
    think that most girls are bad?
I smelled the mould of your seaside resort hotel bedroom on your hair
    held in place by a John Greenleaf Whittier clip.
"No," I said, "it's girls who think that boys are bad." Then we read
    Snowbound together.
And ran around in an attic, so that a little of the blue enamel was scraped
    off my George Washington, Father of His Country, shoes.
Mother was walking in the living room, her Strauss Waltzes comb in
    her hair.
We waited for a time and then joined her, only to be served tea in cups
    painted with pictures of Herman Melville.
As well as with illustrations from his book Moby Dick and from his
    novella, Benito Cereno.
Father came in wearing his Dick Tracy necktie: "How about a drink,
    everyone?
I said, "Let's go outside a while." Then we went onto the porch and sat
    on the Abraham Lincoln swing.
You sat on the eyes, mouth, and beard part, and I sat on the knees.
In the yard across the street we saw a snowman holding a garbage can
    lid smashed into a likeness of the mad English king, George the
    Third.


アン・セクストンとアラン・デューガンの関係と、Janis Joplin Chris Chrsitopherson (Another Harvard Alumni)の関係なんてふと考えて見たりしてます。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-27 10:30 | Poetry

Anyway, the Wind Blows.

Alan Duganの詩です。

       Swing Shift Blues

What is better than leaving a bar
in the middle of the afternoon
besides staying in it or not
having gone into it in the first place
because you had a decent woman to be with?
The air smells particularly fresh
after the stale beer and piss smells.
You can stare up at the whole sky:
it's blue and white and does not
stare back at you like the bar mirror,
and there's Whats-'is-name coming out
right behind you saying, "I don't
believe it, I don't believe it: there
he is, staring up at the fucking sky
with his mouth open. Don't
you realize, you stupid son of a bitch,
that it is a quarter to four
and we have to clock in in
fifteen minutes to go to work?"
So we go to work and do no work
and can even breathe in the Bull's face
because he's been into the other bar
that we don't go to when he's there.


デューガンらしい率直そのものの物言いです。
表現があまりに露骨と昔の人は感じたでしょう。

       Elegy

I know but will not tell
you, Aunt Irene, why there
are soap suds in the whiskey:
Uncle Robert had to have
A drink while shaving.


飲酒に取り付かれているようです。Anne Sexton をモデルにした詩がありますが、まだ、セクストンを取り上げる気分ではないので。

アマゾンのボッタクリ商売でもたまに当たりがあるのですね。
Steve TilstonReaching Back: The Life and Music of Steve Tilston [Box set] は、CD5枚組みですが、大当たりでした。
手元に届いて、スティーヴ・ティルソンという人物、シンガー・ソングライター、ギタリストですけど、彼のことを何も知らないこと、注文した記憶もないことを考えながら聞きはじめました。

すぐれたギタリスト、シンガーだと思いました。全然、知りませんでした。

Wiz Jones の声が聞けたりするCDの5枚目は、おまけにしてはお宝です。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-26 12:28 | Poetry

Zoot Allure

Gary Snyder の詩です。

思うに、ずっとビート世代の詩人を取り上げてきているような気がしますが、Allen Ginsberg は、まだです。ギンズバーグは、好きじゃないということが解ってきました。
ギンズバーグとElvis Presley を併せたアメリカン・ヒーローを目指したのが、Bob Dylan で、彼がプロテスト・フォークをグリニッチ・ヴィレッジのカフェでやりだしたのは、それが、流行だったからでしょう。

        After Work

The shack and a few trees
float in the blowing fog
I pull out your blouse,
warm my cold hands
on your breasts.
you laugh and shudder
peeling garlic by the
hot iron stove.
bring in the axe, the rake,
the wood
we'll lean on the wall
against each other
stew simmering on the fire
as it grows dark
drinking wine.


       A Walk

Sunday the only day we don't work:
Mules farting around the meadow,
Murphy fishing,
The tent flaps in the warm
Early sun: I've eaten breakfast and I'll
Take a walk
To Benson Lake. Packed a lunch,
Goodbye. Hopping on creekbed boulders
Up the rock throat three miles
Puite Creek --
In steep gorge glacier-slick rattlesnake country
Jump, land by a pool, trout skitter,
The clear sky. Deer tracks.
Bad place by a falls, boulders big as houses,
Lunch tied to belt,
I stemmed up a crack and almost fell
But rolled out safe on a ledge
and ambled on.
Quail chicks freeze underfoot, color of stone
Then run cheep! away, hen quail fussing.
Craggy west end of Benson Lake -- after edging
Past dark creek pools on a long white slope --
Lookt down in the ice-black lake
lined with cliff
From far above: deep shimmering trout.
A lone duck in a gunsightpass
steep side hill
Through slide-aspen and talus, to the east end,
Down to grass, wading a wide smooth stream
Into camp. At last.
By the rusty three-year-
Ago left-behind cookstove
Of the old trail crew,
Stoppt and swam and ate my lunch.


ギンズバーグやディランじゃなくて、Fred Neil をちゃんと取り上げてみたいのですが。

Jimi Hendrix は、Eric Clapton なんかよりはるかにギタリスト、シンガー、作曲家、レコーディン・アーティスト、ライブ演奏者としてすぐれていたのは、言うまでもないことです。しかし、あふれる才能を持つ彼にとってもあまりに抱えている矛盾、つまり、ロック大衆のイメージと自身との落差は、大きすぎ、プレッシャーに押しつぶされたのでしょう。

ジミ・ヘンドリクスは、Clapton is the God. と1965年以前に言われていたロンドンに1966年に登場。クラプトンは、直ぐに敗北を認識、失意の日々。
ブルースの神様に祭り上げられたヘンドリクスの方は、逆に、自分が正当なブルース・マンの系譜に属していないことを当然承知していただけではなく、ディランをまともに取り上げるというスタンスは、アフロ・アメリカンからも理解されない。
Watcht Tower(ディランの曲ともう一つ別の宗教的意味も含めて)、ディラン、ヘンドリクスをつなげて考えてみることが必要かな・・・

Electric Ladyland に収録されているジミ・ヘンドリックスのAll Along The Watch Tower の12弦ギターは、Dave Mason ですが、当時まだ Rolling Stones にいた Brian Jones も一応参加しているようです。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-25 09:48 | Poetry

Bongo Fury

Frank Zappa - discography
メモとしてオフィシャル盤だけ列挙しています。

the albums
the mothers of invention: freak out! (1)
(1966, 2lp, usa, verve)
the mothers of invention: absolutely free (2)
(1967, lp,usa, verve)
the mothers of invention: we're only in it for the money (3)
(1967, lp, usa, verve)
frank zappa: lumpy gravy (4)
(1967, lp, usa, verve)
the mothers of invention: cruising with ruben & the jets (5)
(1968, lp, usa, verve)
the mothers of invention: mothermania (6)*
(1969, lp, usa, verve)
the mothers of invention: uncle meat (7)
(1969, 2lp, usa, bizarre)
frank zappa: hot rats (8)
(1969, lp, usa, bizarre)
the mothers of invention: burnt weeny sandwich (9)
(1970, lp, usa, bizarre)
the mothers of invention: weasels ripped my flesh (10)
(1970, lp, usa, bizarre)
frank zappa: chunga's revenge (11)
(1970, lp, usa, bizarre)
the mothers: fillmore east, june 1971 (12)
(1971, lp, usa, bizarre)
frank zappa: 200 motels (13)*
(1971, 2lp, usa, united artists)
the mothers: just another band fromL.A. (14)
(1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
frank zappa: waka/jawaka (15)
(1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
the mothers: the grand wazoo (16)
(1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
the mothers: over-nite sensation (17)
(1973, lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: apostrophe (') (18)
(1974, lp, usa, discreet)
zappa / mothers: roxy & elsewhere (19)
(1974, 2lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa and the mothers of invention: one size fits all (20)
(1975, lp, usa, discreet)
zappa / beefheart / mothers: bongo fury (21)
(1975, lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: zoot allures (22)
(1976, lp, usa, warner brothers)
frank zappa: zappa in new york (23)
(1978, 2lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: studio tan (24)
(1978, lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: sleep dirt (25)
(1979, lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: sheik yerbouti (26)
(1979, 2lp, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: orchestral favorites (27)
(1979, lp, usa, discreet)
frank zappa: joe's garage act I (28)
(1979, lp, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: joe's garage acts II & III (29)
(1979, 2lp, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: tinseltown rebellion (30)
(1981, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

ここまでのアルバムは、*をつけたMothermania と200 Motels 以外は、LPで持っています。つまり、最後にはリアル・タイムで追いついています。
Freak Out!は、日本盤で音が悪かったですね。Ruben は、理解する力がなかった。
すなわち、ドゥーアップをよくわかっていなかったので、最初の5枚は、わかっていなかった。
もちろん、今は、わかるなんていってるわけではありません。

リアル・タイムでよく聞いていたのは、ワーナーとの因縁がらみでFZの本来の意向とは全く異なる形で発売された4作だったかな。Zapp In New York, Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Orchestral Favorites ですね。

frank zappa: shut up'n play yer guitar (31)
(1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar some more (32)
(1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: return of the son of shut up 'n play yer guitar (33)
(1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: you are what you is (34)
(1981, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar - box set
(1981, 3lp, eur, cbs)
frank zappa: ship arriving too late too save a drowning witch (35)
(1982, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: the man from utopia (36)
(1983, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: baby snakes (37)
(1983, lp pict.disc, usa, barking pumpkin)
the london symphony orchestra: zappa vol.1 (38)
(1983, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: boulez conducts zappa, the perfect stranger (39)
(1984, lp, usa, angel)
frank zappa: them or us (40)
(1984, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: thing-fish (41)
(1984, 3lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: francesco zappa (42)
(1984, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: the old masters, box 1 (43)
freak out / absolutely free / we're only in it for the money / lumpy gravy / cruising with ruben & the jets / mystery disc box 1
(1985, 7lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: frank zappa meets the mothers of prevention (44)
(1985, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: does humour belong in music? (45)
(1986, cd, ger, emi)
frank zappa: the old masters, box 2 (46)
uncle meat / hot rats / burnt weeny sandwich / weasels ripped my flesh / chunga's revenge / fillmore east, june 1971 / just another band from l.a. / mystery disc box 2
(1986, 9lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: jazz from hell (47)
(1986, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
the london symphony orchestra: zappa vol.2 (48)
(1987, lp, usa, barking pumkin)
frank zappa: the old masters, box 3 (49)
waka/jawaka / grand wazoo / over-nite sensation / apostrophe (') / roxy & elsewhere / one size fits all / bongo fury / zoot allures
(1987, 9lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: the guitar world according to frank zappa
(1987, mc, usa, )
frank zappa: guitar (50)
(1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.1 (51)
(1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: broadway the hard way (52)
(1988, 2lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.2 (53)
(1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.3 (54)
(1989, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: the best band you never heard in your life (55)
(1991, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: make a jazz noise here (56)
(1991, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4 (57)
(1991, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.5 (58)
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6 (59)
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: playground psychotics (60)
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
zappa / mothers: ahead of their time (61)
(1993, cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa / the ensemble modern: the yellow shark (62)
(1993, cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: civilization phaze III (63)
(1994, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: the lost episodes (64)
(1996, cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: läther (65)
(1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: frank zappa plays the music of frank zappa (66)
(1996, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: have i offended someone? (67)
(1997, cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: mystery disc (68)
(1998, cd, usa, ryko)
frank zappa: everything is healing nicely (69)
(1999, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
frank zappa: fz:oz (70)
(2002, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)
frank zappa: halloween (71)
(2003, dvda, usa, dts entertainment 69286-01101-9-9)
frank zappa: joe's corsage (72)
(2004, cd, usa, vaulternative records)
frank zappa: joe's domage (73)
(2004, cd, usa, vaulternative records)
frank zappa: quaudiophiliac (74)
(2004, dvda, usa, dts entertainment 69286-01125-9-9)
frank zappa: joe's xmasage (75)
(2005, cd, usa, vaulternative records)
frank zappa: imaginary diseases (76)
(2006, cd, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: the mofo project/object (77)
(2006, 2cd, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: the mofo project/object (78)
(2006, 4cd, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: trance-fusion (79)
(2006, cd, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: buffalo (80)
(2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)
frank zappa: the dub room special (81)
(2007, cd, usa, zappa records)
frank zappa: wazoo (82)
(2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)

一応、このあたりまでが現時点までのオフィシャル一覧ですか。

ブートはというと
beat the boots
as an am / the ark / freaks & motherfu*** / unmitigated audacity / anyway the wind blows / 'tis the season to be jelly / saarbrucken 1978 / piquantique
(1991, 9lp, usa, rhino)
beat the boots #2
disconnected synapses / tengo na' minchia tanta / electric aunt jemima / at the circus / swiss cheese / fire! / our man in nirvana / conceptual continuity
(1992, 8cd, usa, rhino)

バラされて出たのが以下のようなものでしょうか。

frank zappa: as an am
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70537)
the mothers of invention: the ark
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70538)
frank zappa: freaks & motherfu****
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70539)
zappa / mothers: unmitigated audacity
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70540)
frank zappa: anyway the wind blows - disc 1
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70541)
frank zappa: anyway the wind blows - disc 2
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70541)
the mothers of invention: 'tis the season to be jelly
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70542)
frank zappa: saarbrucken 1979
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70543)
frank zappa: piquantique
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70544)
zappa / mothers: disconnected synapses
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71017)
zappa / mothers: tengo na minchia tanta
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71018)
zappa / mothers: electric aunt jemima
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71019)
frank zappa: at the circus
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71020)
zappa / mothers: swiss cheese / fire !
(1991, 2cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71021)
zappa / mothers: our man in nirvana
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71022)
frank zappa: conceptual continuity
(1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71023)

Dub Room Special のDVDを見ると膨大なテープ・リールがNHKの資料室みたいなところに整然と並んでいるシーンがありましたが。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-24 13:12 | 音楽

Billy the Moutain

Edgar Allan Poe の詩です。

        A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?



All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

という最後の部分がすきです。
Little Feat  All That You Dream なんて曲がありました。

Mothers のBurnt Weany Sandwich の一曲目、WPLJの右チャンネルからLowell George の歌っている声とリズム・ギターが聞こえます。

Frank Zappa のレコーディングは重層構造になっているので、聞く度に新しい発見に気づきます。だから、ザッパが偉いということではないですが、手の込んだことをしているのは事実です。
それと、時代批評精神の塊なので、音楽も強力な同時代性を持っているということを痛感します。
We're Only In It For Money は、モノローグを入れてノン・ストップでどんどん曲想が変わっていくのですが、一瞬だけ、Kinks の You Really Got Me のあのギター・リフを一回だけ入れてあったりして。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-23 10:40 | Poetry

America Drinks

Robert Creeley の詩をいくつか。

     I Know A Man

As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking,--John, I

sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what

can we do against
it, or else, shall we &
why not, buy a goddamn big car,

drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.


アメリカ口語のスタイルがストレートでAllen Ginsberg なんかよりはるかに個人的には好きです。

愛と女性をテーマにしたものです、次のは。

    Something

I approach with such
a careful tremor, always
I feel the finally foolish

question of how it is,
then, supposed to be felt,
and by whom. I remember

once in a rented room on
27th street, the woman I loved
then, literally, after we

had made love on the large
bed sitting across from
a basin with two faucets, she

had to pee but was nervous,
embarrassed I suppose I
would watch her who had but

a moment ago been completely
open to me, naked, on
the same bed. Squatting, her

head reflected in the mirror,
the hair dark there, the
full of her face, the shoulders,

sat spread-legged, turned on
one faucet and shyly pissed. What
love might learn from such a sight.


大人の詩です。率直ですし。
    
     The Way

My love's manners in bed
are not to be discussed by me,
as mine by her
I would not credit comment upon gracefully.

Yet I ride by the margin of that lake in
the wood, the castle,
and the excitement of strongholds;
and have a small boy's notion of doing good.

Oh well, I will say here,
knowing each man,
let you find a good wife too,
and love her as hard as you can.


詩人の言うとおりです。
詩は、high brow ないわうる high art だから、このような言葉づかいをしても構わなかった。逆に、限られたサークルの中の話だから。
ただ、同じようなことを、Frank Zappa のようにレコードやステージ、つまり、ポップやロックというような low art としてやるとこっぴどくたたかれた。やる方もやる方だけど。
FZには、独学だという誇り、資金調達も自前だという誇りとともに、逆に、high art やアカデミズムに対する偏見に近い、コンプレックスがあったのは事実ですね。

それと、クリーリーは、当時のアメリカのクレンジングされた社会通念常道だったかは別にして、普通の人が経験するようなことを当たり前に述べている。
ザッパは、特定のターゲットを絞って、変化球を投げている。

    Water Music

The words are a beautiful music.
The words bounce like in water.

Water music,
loud in the clearing

off the boats,
birds, leaves.

They look for a place
to sit and eat--

no meaning,
no point.


簡潔かつ奥が深く、音韻も素晴らしい詩です。

     America

America, you ode for reality!
Give back the people you took.

Let the sun shine again
on the four corners of the world

you thought of first but do not
own, or keep like a convenience.

People are your own word, you
invented that locus and term.

Here, you said and say, is
where we are. Give back

what we are, these people you made,
us, and nowhere but you to be.


痛烈です。
Lincoln のゲティスバーグの演説について、日ごろ考えていたところに通じる部分があります。

The people って誰かってことです。
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.がいう、the Civilization と同じです。
the がつくと限定された意味になるのですが、日本語にするとき一般化してしまうことが多いのは適切でない場合が少なからずあるのではないかと思います。

詩は、やはり限られたサークルのものなのですね。ポピュラー音楽のようにレコード会社とか、放送局等が関わってくると状況は違ってくるのでしょう。

夕べ、スカパーでEdgar Winter を見ました。エドガーの方が、兄貴より個人的には、好みです。Rick Derringerと掛け合いをやってました。
Osmonds も出てました。演奏はカラオケ、歌はリップ・シンクっぽかったのですが、悪く無かったです。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-22 10:21 | Poetry

King Kong

Robert Duncan の有名な詩です。
Anais Nin とも親交のあった人ですが。

     Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,
that is not mine, but is a made place,

that is mine, it is so near to the heart,
an eternal pasture folded in all thought
so that there is a hall therein

that is a made place, created by light
wherefrom the shadows that are forms fall.

Wherefrom fall all architectures I am
I say are likenesses of the First Beloved
whose flowers are flames lit to the Lady.

She it is Queen Under The Hill
whose hosts are a disturbance of words within words
that is a field folded.

It is only a dream of the grass blowing
east against the source of the sun
in an hour before the sun's going down

whose secret we see in a children's game
of ring a round of roses told.

Often I am permitted to return to a meadow
as if it were a given property of the mind
that certain bounds hold against chaos,

that is a place of first permission,
everlasting omen of what is.


難解な詩だと思います。ただ、音韻は素晴らしい。

King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa を夕べ聞いてました。同時期に録音された Frank Zappa 名義の Hot Rats と対を成すものだと考えればよいのだと思います。
契約の関係で、FZ名義ではありませんし、ほとんどギターは弾いてません。
ジャン=リュック・ポンティよりも Ian Anderwood の指揮及びサックス、George Duke のキーボードが目立つというところでしょうか。
イアン・アンダーウッド同様、ジョージ・デュークもクラシックの基礎がしっかりしていることがよくわかります。
好き嫌いは別にして、アヴァンギャルド・クラシック風の曲でアクースティック・ピアノをやっていますが、ピアノのタッチがいいです。

ポンティは、本来ならFZがギターで引くべきフレーズをやっている。曲目は、FZのおなじみとなるものぞろいです。

フランス人のジャズ・ヴァイオリニストということで、Django Reinhardt と組んでいた同じくコンセルバトワール出の Stéphane Grappelli を思い出させます。
ポンティ→グラッペリ→ウェスタン・スウィングのフィドラーBob Wills なんて連想するのは、私だけでしょう。

ドラムが、John Guerinで、これがいただけません。Art Tripp も参加してはいますが。
ベースは、ジャズ・ベーシストの Buell Neidlingerなのですが、フェンダー・ベースも聞こえるのですね。
上手いフェンダー・ベースは、 Wilton Felderです。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-21 12:55 | Poetry

Yellow Shark

As the tax season's starting, I'm busy working, getting tired and bored.
トホホのホ・・・

Karl Shapiroの詩です。

J.G. Ballard の小説Crash(映画化されました、近年。)を想起させます。学生時代に読みましたが、分けの分からんポルノまがいのドラッグ小説だという印象でしたっけ。

     Auto Wreck

Its quick soft silver bell beating, beating,
And down the dark one ruby flare
Pulsing out red light like an artery,
The ambulance at top speed floating down
Past beacons and illuminated clocks
Wings in a heavy curve, dips down,
And brakes speed, entering the crowd.
The doors leap open, emptying light;
Stretchers are laid out, the mangled lifted
And stowed into the little hospital.
Then the bell, breaking the hush, tolls once,
And the ambulance with its terrible cargo
Rocking, slightly rocking, moves away,
As the doors, and afterthought, are closed.

We are deranged, walking among the cops
Who sweep glass and are large and composed.
One is still making notes under the light.
One with a bucket douches ponds of blood
Into the street and gutter.
One hangs lanterns on the wrecks that cling,
Empty husks of locusts, to iron poles.

Our throats were tight as tourniquets,
Our feet were bound with splints, but now,
Like convalescents intimate and gauche,
We speak through sickly smiles and warn
With the stubborn saw of common sense,
The grim joke and the banal resolution.
The traffic moves around with care,
But we remain, touching a wound
That opens to our richest horror.
Already old, the question Who shall die?
Becomes unspoken Who is innocent?
For death in war is done by hands;
Suicide has cause and stillbirth, logic;
And cancer, simple as a flower, blooms.
But this invites the occult mind,
Cancels our physics with a sneer,
And spatters all we knew of denouement
Across the expedient and wicked stones


カール・シャピロには、Buick という詩もあります。こちらも悪くないのです。
Auto Wreck に多用されているmetaphar というのはかなりの難物ですが。

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
ウェスタン・スイングはいい感じです。
ブルース、ジャズ、カントリー、ハワイアンが融合していて素晴らしい。
アメリカン・ポピュラー音楽においてアフロ・アメリカンから白人音楽へ一方的に音楽的影響があったなんていうのは、Myth だと思います。

ロックン・ロールの起源らしきものも感じます。1930年代の大恐慌時代の録音で既にです。

今日の日経の経済教室欄の記事はひどいものばかりでした。循環論、論理になっていない。
昨日のウォーラーステインは、なるほどと思わせたのに。
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by nk24mdwst | 2008-02-20 10:39 | Poetry