WHO I AM (by Pete Townsend)
I READ BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE I LOVE &RESPECT
I remember confusing Pete Townsend @the SXSW Music Awards
by handing him a pile of poetry books out of respect and reverence
When living folk speak truth,it cuts my art to the quick.When he said-
"Do not attempt to go back-but if you missed Jimi Hendrix
you missed a genuine shaman.."(Takes one to know one)
His devotion to that silent guru Meher Baba,who kept a poet
to explain his world to those who would not believe mere prose
made me more respectful of both.I read and re-read more often now-
steal back time to examine the lives and examples of others
who have gone ahead in the front lines,and are still brave and shining.
Many i have seen alive in concert.Those days are gone.
Young with laminates and tickets devote themselves to their New Young Gods
I read Tales of Brave Ulysses,and feel grateful for Pete Townsend,Eric Clapton,Van Morrison
Eric Burdon-and you.