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What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

John Mayall, Ronnie Scott's - music review

Except when starchy fans were clapping on beats one and three, John Mayall was delighted that his 80th birthday tour had included Ronnie Scott's Club. For the ponytailed Godfather of British Blues is also a lifetime jazz fan who lost a huge vinyl collection when fire destroyed his Laurel Canyon ranchhouse.

Any adolescent bluesniks could have opened the show, but jazz-guitar aces Jim Mullen and Nigel Price did the honours instead and John was touched. “Let’s hear it for them,” he said, “before we do what we do.” And for the next 80 minutes he did what he has always done — sing the blues.

Songs slow, fast and medium conveyed macho joy, macho pain and most other macho states in between as major and minor classics by Albert King, Eddie Taylor, Jimmie Rodgers and Curtis Algado chimed with angry originals like Nature’s Disappearin’ — “somethin’ I wrote back in 1957, before ecology was invented.”


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27113822z 

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Radio.com Minimation: Frank Zappa and the Hot, Smelly Garrick Theatre Gigs

(Frank Zappa drawn for Radio.com by Max Werkmeister)
(Frank Zappa drawn for Radio.com by Max Werkmeister)
On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This installment is taken from a 1982 interview with Frank Zappa; this video was created for Radio.com by Max Werkmeister of Ugly Cupcake Entertainment.
While recording 1968′s We’re Only In It For The Money, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention did a six month residency at the Garrick Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. That probably sounded like a good idea at the time. That is, until the air conditioner died, and, according to Zappa, “They refused to spend any money to fix it,” leading to interesting aromas filling the theater nightly. Another issue: their zaftig drummer Billy Mundi was having a hard time keeping cool under those conditions.
That might be true of the audience as well: the New York Times‘ review of the show wondered, “Whether their show at the Garrick will make any new friends for the Mothers – or whether they really want any – is hard to say.” But, as Zappa points out in the interview, “It’s pretty hard to maintain your aristocratic coolness in that type of air conditioning situation.”
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Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

billy sherwood divided by oneAfter a long series of post-9/11 explorations into the darkness that’s invaded our lives, from within and from without, Billy Sherwood seems to have found the light at the end of the tunnel on the more approachable Divided by One, a newly released seventh solo album that doesn’t shy away from those problems — and yet doesn’t dwell on them either.
“On Impact” features a hopeful string-flecked flourish at its middle, even as Sherwood lays out a doomsday scenario — but the seeds of a new day, though still punctuated by a serpentine intertwining of guitar and bass, have been planted. As the track concludes, Sherwood is nearly subsumed by an enveloping group of strings, before his main theme returns. “The Scene Comes Alive,” a winsome bit of hooky psychedelia, doesn’t offer any easy answers — and yet it compels you forward, deeper into Sherwood’s journey. With the propulsive “No Stone Unturned,” and the quietly direct “Between Us,” he gets closer, ever closer, to the answer — to the peace — we all seek.
Whether that be through the solace of faith, the comfort of home or the warm embrace of love, the details are all that separate this search. Sherwood takes it head on with the title track, a morning dawn’s burst of confectionary joy on its surface that, upon further examination, is as desolate as anything Sherwood’s ever constructed. Alone, despite it all, he settles into the fast-moving cacophony of life for a pair of musically complex, Yes-influenced tracks: “Sequence of Events” and “Sphere of Influence,” in particular, echo his more recent focus on the loss of privacy, the impersonalization that technology has wrought, our difficulties in reconnecting with our basic selves.

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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

"I KNEW ALL THESE DREAMS HAD TO MEAN SOMETHING!"
(Marc Carver)

So i listened,waited,watched like a fugitive
I stole,borrowed,incorporated influences
Made,created,destroyed,plundered,pillaged
until my chosen village exiled me.I think i drink
dreaming.It sustains me.Music,art,people-fade,oblivious
Each night another book is written
Each morning,it is burned again
Each evening,another star is born
Morning sees a necessary abortion.
i been repeating these word cycles till i get it right
a SHAZAM! Epiphany,OPEN SESAME!/Scheherazade
Until Zen,i wait like a tiger for a hunter

Not knowing which dream is stronger..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: HAWKWIND 'TIBET IS NOT CHINA'

A Conversation with Jack Bruce

Mike Ragogna: Jack, you have a new album, Silver Rails with many special guests.
2014-03-26-913XihNMLL._SL1400_.jpgJack Bruce: Especially guitar players! I must be a glutton for punishment. [laughs] No, I love the guitars, that's what rock music's all about, really, to me. You've got to have great guitars.
MR: You recorded Silver Rails at Abbey Road.
JB: I did, yeah.
MR: What was the experience like at Abbey Road this time out?
JB: Oh it was great to be back there. I haven't recorded an album there for some time. Abbey Road, what can you say about it? The music's just sort of dripping off the walls. You just kind of start to soak it up. It takes everybody's playing up just a little bit more. You always tend to try a little harder at Abbey Road. It's a great place, it's like working in a museum, but it's got all of the equipment to the highest standard, it's all maintained fantastically, you might be singing into a microphone that John Lennon used or something, it's just phenomenal.
MR: Speaking of soaking up the vibe, did recording at Abbey Road affect the twists and turns that the album creatively took?
JB: Oh, I'm quite sure it did. Obviously I'd written the songs before I went in there, and originally I didn't plan to record at Abbey Road, but one of my daughters is a film maker and she had a premiere of her first film and she had done some work for Rob Cass who's the house producer at Abbey Road. He was at the premiere and he said, "Hey, why don't you come and do it at my place, Abbey Road?" Wow, I thought, "That's a fantastic idea!" No doubt that it did influence the music in a good way. No doubt about that. It's a lovely place to work. All the people who work there are all great. It's like stepping back in time as well.
MR: Okay, and the then sonically, how did it come off versus other places that you've worked?

Read on...

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Deviants' Back Catalog Reissued On Gonzo Multimedia


Much to the excitement of punk rock fans around the globe, Gonzo Multimedia is reissuing the legendary Deviants back catalog. The Social Deviants were founded by singer/writer Mick Farren in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UKUnderground community, featuring Pete Munro on bass; Clive Muldoon on guitar, Mike Robinson on guitar and Russell Hunter on drums. The band shortened their name to The Deviants after Munro and Muldoon left and were replaced by Sid Bishop on guitar and Cord Rees on bass. With the financial backing of Nigel Samuel, the 21-year-old son of a millionaire, whom Farren had befriended, the group independently recorded their debut album 'Ptooff!', selling copies through the UK Underground press before it was picked up by Decca Records.
Rees left the band in June 1967 to be replaced by Farren's flatmate Duncan Sanderson and the band released a second album 'Disposable' through the independent label Stable Records. When Bishop married and left the band, Farren recruited Canadian guitarist Paul Rudolph, at the suggestion of Jamie Mandelkau. This band recorded and released the album 'The Deviants 3' through TransatlanticRecords.
During a tour of North America's west coast the relationship between Farren and the musicians became personally and musically strained, and the band decided to continue without Farren, who returned to England where he teamed up with ex-Pretty Things drummer Twink and Steve Peregrin Took to record the album 'Mona - The Carnivorous Circus', an album interspersed with interviews with members of the UK Hells Angels, before concentrating on music journalism. The three remaining musicians - Rudolph, Sanderson and Hunter - returned to England, and teamed up with Twink to form the Pink Fairies.

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

WAITING FOR RAINS/CHANGE
with one million moments now mere memories
held and sustained as breathe/is less
and even response seems passe.Just "to be is all"
i check the rain barrel(empty-there is a hole here 
requiring attention/and a wild weed lawn that needs
so i sleep /meditating thunderstorms.Dry here-
in the Hill Country=soft,gentle,strings of puppet rain
To the West-hail and blundering promised like peace in wartime
In this South,under skyclouds,we know this is passing
Yet ,humid,clammy,close,we also know we do not know
So instead of death,we exchange recipes and share weather news
Lying optimists smile snakes in Eden/selling wisdom apples
You KNOW it is a pomegranate!You eat the treatment
Learn true weakness.Alternatives of healthy living
for new initiates.Hard stone road to eat apples
to the very core of your being.Edgar Cayce did not wish to be a healer

Who said it is someone else who heals?

KeiTh LeVeNe's COMMERCiAL ZONE 2014 InitiaTive

Keith Levene, founding member of both The Clash and Public Image Ltd., plans to resurrect what was to be PiL’s fourth album  —1984′s Commercial Zone, released in two different incarnations — and “enhance it with original material,” finishing the album 30 years later “not so much to set the record straight, but get the right record out the right way.”
To that end, Levene recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $12,500 (and, as of late Sunday, he was more than halfway there, with a month still to go).
On his website, Levene writes:
“Finally producing the Commercial Zone my way will allow me to finish important unfinished business. I know there’s been a gap in time of 30 years. However, it seems like it’s coming right on time for a myriad of reasons. So now with Commercial Zone 2014, you will get what the fourth album was supposed to be — and much more. It will be much better because it’s current and has the benefit of 30 years of my work.”
In early 1983, Levene began work on what was intended to be PiL’s fourth album, Commercial Zone. Because of what he terms “endless complications,” Levene quit PiL later that year, taking the tapes of the unfinished album and securing, in early 1984, his own release of Commerical Zone.
John Lydon re-recorded the album, releasing his version — PiL’s This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get — in the summer of 1984 as Virgin Records took legal action to quash Levene’s release.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sixteen and Savaged - Silverhead



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John Mayall to launch first studio album in 5 years

John Mayall has confirmed the release of A Special Life, his first studio album in five years, which will appear in May via Forty Below Records.

It’s to be supported by a UK tour in October and November, following an extensive run of dates across Europe and North America. The large-scale return to action is designed to celebrate the icon’s 80th birthday, which took place last year.

Producer by Mayall, and also featuring his own artwork, A Special Life is described as “one of his most finest and most personal albums to date.”

It includes contributions from special guest CJ Chenier and backing band Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).

In addition to his UK tour, Mayall also appears at Ronnie Scott’s in London on April 19.

UK tour dates
17 Oct: Guildford G Live
18 Oct: Ipswich Regent
19 Oct: St Albans Alban Arena
21 Oct: Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre
22 Oct: Cardiff St David’s Hall
23 Oct: Salisbury City Hall
24 Oct: Torquay Princess Theatre
25 Oct: Basingstoke Anvil
26 Oct: Bristol Colston Hall
28 Oct: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
29 Oct: York Barbican
30 Oct: Buxton Opera House
31 Oct: Llandudno Venue Cymru
04 Nov: Sheffield City Hall
05 Nov: Birmingham Symphony Hall
06 Nov: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
07 Nov: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
19 Nov: Crawley Hawth Theatre
21 Nov: Leicester De Montfort Hall
22 Nov: High Wycombe Swan Theatre
23 Nov: Dartford Orchard
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Jack Bruce's New Album Inspired By Post-Doom Band

File:Jack Bruce.jpgCream icon Jack Bruce says the inspiration for his latest solo album came from a Seattle post-doom band formed in 1990. And while he's not turning his back on his formative years, he wouldn't have made Silver Rails without having heard The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull, a 2008 record by Earth.

Bruce tells the Great Falls Tribune: "I've been fortunate to be around some great people who taught me about the blues. I met people like Phil Davis and Eric Clapton - Eric's not just a great player, he's also a great musicologist. My first drummer was Charlie Watts.


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion Bring Progressive Rock to the High Seas With ‘Cruise to the Edge’




“All those numbers in 7/8 — can you dance to that?” asked prog-rock guitar master Steve Hackett, chuckling onstage at the MSC Divina’s regal Pantheon Theater, just after his ace band wrapped the jazz-fusion climax of Genesis’ 1976 epic ‘Dance on a Volcano.’

It’s an obviously rhetorical question, of course: Everybody onboard this year’s floating Cruise to the Edge prog fest had already swapped out their dancing shoes for wizardly capes — soaking in five indulgent nights of Moog solos, time-signature shifts, and supergroup jam sessions. All told, it was an incredibly strange experience, but also simply incredible: There were nearly 30 bands, both ancient and infantile, spanning nearly the entire planet, mingling their heady riffs in the Cozumel breeze. Call it ‘The Moonlit Knight’ meets ‘The Love Boat.’

The 2014 edition, held April 7-12 and once again headlined by Yes, was a major upgrade from the previous year: Not only was the cruise’s line-up nearly triple in terms of pure size, the sheer eclecticism — from Italian proggers PFM to metal-leaning mainstays Queensryche to up-and-coming math-rockers Scale the Summit — made the 2013 version look like a rough warm-up. And the non-musical display also amped up the bang-for-buck through various Q&As, storyteller sessions, meet-and-greets, art showcases (from Yes album cover artist Roger Dean and Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam), and master class events (including UK violinist-keyboardist Eddie Jobson).

The smallest details added to the nerdy giddiness: eating roast duck at a classy sit-down restaurant to a soundtrack of Rush, watching middle-aged men out-prog each other by playing Pink Floyd on the atrium piano, sharing hot tub prog-war stories with a surprisingly insightful dude who kinda looks like Tommy Lee. (One night, during “prog karaoke,” a British gentleman tackled Genesis’ ‘Firth of Fifth.’ Keep in mind, this is a nine-minute song, so he probably could have finished his tax return during the keyboard section.)

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Cream's Jack Bruce fell out of love with recording

Jack Bruce
Jack Bruce
Former Cream bassist and singer Jack Bruce claims he "fell out of love" with recording but has now released his first album in almost ten years.
Cream's Jack Bruce "fell out of love" with recording.
The group's former bassist and singer - whose band included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker - has now released his first solo album in almost 10 years, 'Silver Rails', after rediscovering his love of working in the studio.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I kind of fell out of love with the recording process and life got in the way.
"Two years ago I worked all over the world. I've got this amazing band called the Big Blues Band, [a] three piece band and we were just playing.
"We went from South America to everywhere, all over the world, and that was fantastic, but also a little bit tiring for me in my age."
The 70-year-old musician played with the 'I Feel Free' supergroup between 1966 and 1968, before they briefly united in 1993 and 2005, after which Jack said Cream were "over".
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Rick Wakeman, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes + More Celebrate Jon Lord at Tribute Show



The death of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012 was a big loss for those in the rock community, and to show how much respect he garnered, Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson, Yes‘ Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake‘s Mick Moody and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice and Don Airey all took part in a special tribute to the musician.

The event, which took place earlier this month at London’s Royal Albert Hall, was organized by The Sunflower Jam and fans were treated to an impressive evening of music honoring the keyboard great.

Fan shot footage from the event has surfaced online. Above, you can see some of the introductions and performances of ‘You Keep on Moving,’ ‘Burn’ and ‘This Time Around’ fronted by Dickinson and Hughes. Meanwhile, “Deep Purple and Friends’ rocked their classic track ‘Hush,” as can be seen below.

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Just William, John Niven and Jules Verne: Rick Wakeman on his six best books

rick wakeman, yesYes keyboard player Rick Wakeman loves classic literature and poetry[GETTY]
Rick Wakeman, 64, is the former keyboard player with Yes whose concept albums in the 1970s included King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
He is performing the latter on a 40th anniversary tour, which starts next Thursday (kililive.com).
1. THE MOON IS A BALLOON by David Niven (Penguin, £9.99)
I’m a huge thespian groupie and fan of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s films. This was unlike any other autobiography because it was completely rambling. It wasn’t chronological, he connected each bit anecdotally, which I loved. And it was very funny.
2. THE COLLECTED POEMS by TE Brown (BiblioLife, £21.99)
When I lived on the Isle of Man I was introduced to Brown, a 19th-century Manx poet. I remember sitting in the garden reading it. It is so descriptive of the island but also readable for somebody who has never been.
3. DOWN TO A SUNLESS SEA by David Graham (Simon & Schuster, £16.99)
A novel that I bought at an airport just because I liked the title but I loved it. It’s about what happens to the planes in the air when nuclear war breaks out. Near the end there’s a clever twist, then there’s another one. If I’d had the money I’d have bought the film rights.

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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)


MY MOTHER WRITES(in aerograms,and...)
she keeps me up to date,when
life runs by on skateboards,and
i only have roller skates
she tells me of my sisters,and
all of their adventures,when
each is formed so differently,when
their versions find my home.You see-
they are adept@technology
and this seems necessary-email,IM,
all as easy as SKYPE&SNOPES-see!
my other in an Instagram,when
they send her image to me.She
writes less(@83-i write the same thing-
"Love.Food.Poetry"("But it does not rhyme
she is puzzled @these lines,when my sister
fills her needs /and shames me /with her written artistry
My mother writes to me,and we will continue epistolary
connections until endings are imposed upon
our outmoded forms of personal communication.
Already,i type instead of write.So she will read this(legibly) tonight

And write back(or not..

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Galahad: Empires Never Last (May 2006)



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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Yes' Chris Squire unfazed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub

Yes bassist Chris Squire insists he won't ''lose any sleep'' over his band missing out on a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 66-year-old musician, who is touring with a new line-up, was nominated alongside his band mates this year but isn't bitter that they missed out on a spot.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''There were bands nominated who had been up before so I didn't really think we would get in there this year. We missed it by a few votes or something I was told but I'm sure it will come up again.
''I don't lose any sleep over it, if it happens, okay, good, that would be very nice.
''Most of the time they're not prog rock sort of people. In the past couple of years they've made an effort by putting Genesis in there and Canadian rock band Rush but generally they've always stayed away from prog rock people. I can't say whether that's fair or not but people have different tastes. Punk rates a lot higher than prog rock on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.''
Chris claims the logistics of figuring out which members of the band to include would be a ''pain'' due to so many line-up changes, but he would like the band to be included one day.


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FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN SUCH THINGS HERE IS THE LATEST EPISODE OF MY WEB TV SHOW



The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for over six years now - 79 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Spring
New faces
Introducing Charlotte
A bevy of water snails
Moving cockroaches
Japanese quail
refurbishing the Conservatory
Mysterious Creatures Vol 2
Government backs down
Badger cull
Fox hunting ban
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New spider
New and Rediscovered: New four eyed fish
New and Rediscovered: New snails
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered muntjac

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

OSTARE,OSTARA,EOSTRA,EOSTRE
Eostre.Eostur.,Easter.Fool Moon.Fertility.Green.Spring.Bunnies.Eggs
Rituals .Candles.Silence.Bells.Meditations.Sharings of beliefs
Eye will settle for chocolate.That sweet deep dark Mystery
that comes in bright bunny wrappings,and will be on CLEARANCE by end of week.
For now,small bunny droppings eggs in baskets ,hollow promise rabbits
all hold that chocolate surprise-to awaken into new.A Resurrection of sorts
Pre-chocolate.Post.Sir Walter Raleigh.Politics of Columbia.Fair Trade.Cacao
Hollow as a tomb,my tooth receives supplies of dark shadow chocolate 75%
 Buzz bright,my eyes see visions of dancing rabbits,rolling eggs,
Whole worlds revealed via the Revelations According to Consumption
Yes-we eat the Third World to rabbit extinction/
turn all into a good food source/devour Mysteries to completion
say to each other how this Season Satisfies One
Belief?Another rabbit.On The Run.

TRANCE LUCENSE
Moving Sale.Property is HOT in Austin-but a crash is gonna come.
So she is selling off and moving out of South.She is packing leftovers for GOODWILL
I spy a glowing tea service stacked with love,clarity and attention.
I ask her -"is that going,too?"NO! ,she replies-"it has been in my family
i cannot part with it.How much will you give me for it?"
"I am your neighbor(around the corner-in Lark Cove-
you have seen me before-i shop for stories.How much do i have?
an infinite capacity for listening.So share -how comes this beauty here?
"Well-my grandfather was dirt poor.Cardboard walls.Shotgun shack.Five kids.Government grits.
Joined the Navy WW2-his mother never owned anything except persistence.
He bought this bone tea set in Korea,and sent it to her .She treasured it.We treasure it..."
STOP! i say."That story is worth all i have!".
"Well,then (she asked)-how much do you have?"(i open my pockets and count out nine dollars..
She had quoted 30/would accept 20-but i suggest to her.."My beloved collects teapots
She has a shelf of stories in art that serve leaves in heated waters for others
She would be delighted to add your family story to her tribe of tea services.
(At this point,her eyes shone -and her boyfriend reached in to his wallet
pulled out a ten dollar note,and smiled."Two good stories..a worthy day..

Enjoy !
 

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