Category Archives: Music

Boy in Wolf’s Clothing, an album by velvel

  Vevel (the fine singer/songwriter and sound designer Michael Leon) has finally released his album Boy in Wolf’s Clothing of angry, sad, and beautiful songs. I wrote the lyrics to one of them, I’m proud to say, and it’s not … Continue reading

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The Moon Turns Over and Over—As a Song

Michael Leon occasionally puts to music my attempts at writing songlike things, as he’s done with this piece I wrote last fall (lyrics here). The simple (but perhaps overly busy) video portion must be blamed solely on me as I … Continue reading

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Short Summons (A Sea “Shan’t No More”)

  Short Summons (A Sea “Shan’t No More”) I was a wild rover Roving the world over, Leaving lovers lining the shores Till I was given short summons For all my goings and comings And my wife said, “You’ll do … Continue reading

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In November’s Dark

In November’s dark the pitch of the wind shudders up and down octaves, wails diminished minor chords through the many fretted trees

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The Devil’s Bride (video from Trailside Cafe show)

The Devil’s Bride Over the next few days, I’ll be posting a couple more videos from a show I did with Catherine MacLellan and Chris Gauthier at Pat and Meghann Deighan’s Trailside Cafe in Mount Stewart, PE, on this past … Continue reading

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Sound of Gulls at Twilight: A Passage

At evening, waves crash their heavy back beat on sand— wild as pipes you rise, skirl free of music’s syntax and tremble white into night

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The End of August (When a Whole Lot of Decembers are Showin’)

Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down The End of August (When a Whole Lot of Decembers are Showin’) The end of August and, across the harbour, fields lay out brown carpets for autumn’s stark procession— we’ll strew … Continue reading

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Do the Twist (a late July night)

This one, in a sense, plays off the stolen Du Fu poem I posted yesterday evening. Chubby Checker – The Twist Do the Twist (a late July night) A late July night. The air is still. The rain earlier only made … Continue reading

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At the Neil Young Magnolia Bodyshop in Mid-May

The other day a friend sent me a couple of such gorgeous fading magnolia poems that I had to find a whole new angle from which to approach the idea…. At the Neil Young Magnolia Bodyshop in Mid-May Gotta blame … Continue reading

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Paul Lawton Rightfully Slagging Off the Canadian Music Industry

About a month ago Paul Lawton of The Ketamines started a then-anonymous tumblr blog called Slagging Off: Death to the Canadian Music Industry (go read the whole damn blog) on which he, and eventually others, attempted to critique in alphabetical order all … Continue reading

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Booty Calls & Bad Decisions, A Hypothetical Hipster’s Love Songs (post moved)

Sorry, I’ve moved this post to my Buzzfeed blog. But here’s a hilarious video to watch at Huff Post. ‘Fashion Film’ Parody: Lizzy Caplan Mocks Hipsters In Viva Vena’s Hilarious Short Film.

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