Category Archives: Music

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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