...on readings, writings, rants, and random reflections
I had been just visiting and listening to this, when I saw that you posted on my blog. I grew up in Canada but I have never been into music. I had to google Young to check that he was speaking of Ontario, Canada. I think, I may have lost my citizenship over that lack of knowledge. Your poem 'Maureen…Doreen…Moira?' was very moving. I love to know the story behind the poetry and It made me feel as If I was sitting there, observing the interaction. There is also a story behind my post, that I wasn't comfortable publishing. The girl comes from a prominent family and their funds benefited that little boy, through a community program. Strange how the same money most likely led her to her overdose, but may have helped that boy. BTW, thank you for the mother's day remark. My middle child made me the pepperiest (I made-up this word!) eggs ever, and I rather like them.
There really isn't too much more tale to tell than is told by the poem itself. The title of the poem is meant to indicate that, sadly, by the time I wrote it, I couldn't remember her name.She was a young woman from Ireland who came to New York to work as a waitress for the summer. I was strongly attracted to her, but didn't know her long, or well.Several of my most favorite musicians are Canadian. In addition to Neil Young, there are Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and k.d. lang. There are others who don't readily come to mind.
I will to listen to Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and see If I feel differently. It is not as if my musical taste has changed. Clearly, I had none! My kids have made up for my lack of music appreciation. In fact, two of them play the clarinet and they are self-taught on our piano. My oldest knows (what appears to me) everything about music. She has lived in 4 different countries in three years, and that reflects her eclectic taste. I had her edit my newest post. It is hysterically funny, that she can rip me to shreds with style criticism, but at the same time value my opinions. Since, you have daughters, I thought you would appreciate that insight. I like KD Lang. I love her 'fuck you' style. It would have been cool to see her deal with record company executives. People should be, whoever they are meant to be. I am listening to her sing Roy Orbison.
kd lang has a cd called "Songs of the 49th Parallel" which consists entirely of covers of songs by other Canadians. Really good. The first time I saw her sing, she was on (I think) "The Tonight Show" and she was singing Roy Orbison's song, "Crying". My wife and I were just getting home and tuned in during the performance. She blew me away with her voice. I thought at the time that she was a guy, because we hadn't heard her introduced. But I knew that I was witnessing what for me was the birth of a star.
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