DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by liverpoolken » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:50 am

Sue
Thanks for the review.
My appetite is now truly whetted.

Ta Ken
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Diane » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:58 pm

str wrote: I totally agree that Nick Foot is truly amazing.
I am still buzzing from that double bass. I sat right in front of him and was mesmerised by every pluck of the strings, every move of the bow. It doesn't have the same impact on cd. The Lorca poems were excellent I agree. One called 1910 (or similar date) sticks in my mind.
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by liverpoolken » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:26 am

Diane
I agree with you 1910 Interlude is a beautiful and haunting poem written while Lorca was staying at Columbia University.
If my memory serves me well when they performed their Lorca show this poem was preceded by an instrumental version of Famous Blue Raincoat. Hopefully it will still be in the set when they reach Liverpool.

Next time we meet (on top of Snowdon maybe) I will bore you with my story about how when I was in Granada a few years ago I came to sit on Lorca's chair and run my hands all over his writing desk :-)

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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Diane » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:24 pm

I look forward to your story, Ken. The poem 1910 doesn't seem to be online, although I think the song is on the new album isn't it - guess I'll have to buy it if I want to hear it again. (I'd love to hear my favourite Lorca poem, Romance Sonambulo, put to music.) They sang Famous Blue Raincoat on this tour when I saw them - a fairly nice interpretation I remember thinking. Enjoy the gig, and the mini-meetup.
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Tim » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:10 am

Hurray, they're playing at the Folkhouse in Bristol (my second-favourite venue in that city) on the 28th of March, and I have tickets! Can't wait, sounds like it will be a great evening.

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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by liverpoolken » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:11 pm

Diane wrote: The poem 1910 doesn't seem to be online,
Diane
It's taken me a while to dig out my copy of Lorca's Poet In New York.
I realised many years ago that there is no shortage in this world of bad poetry, or of doggerel that somebody somewhere is always trying to pass off as genuine art. There's nothing worse that comes our way that is more teeth grindingly awful than bad poets and their 'poetry'. There are even websites dedicated to the art of bad poetry !!!
I've always agreed with Lorca's conviction that poetry like theatre is as much an oral as a written phenomenon. I somehow can't imagine these home alone keyboard poets standing up in front of an audience and reciting the rubbish that they write.
Think of all the great poets, Shakespeare, Bob Dylan, Lorca, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Robert Frost etc. whose words take on life of their own when spoken.
One solution when the New World Order finally dawns would be for there to be some kinda compulsory registration system where potential versifiers have to be tested and then licensed before they are allowed to practice upon the rest of an unsupecting population. Every parent should warn their children not about the dangers of accessing porn on the internet but to the real danger of reading and downloading bad poetry from poetry forums.
I like the idea of a gang of armed Poet Police going about culling the worst offenders....just felt like a bit of a rant:-)

Anyways back to Lorca, one of the few poets that I still read regulary ..........here is a scan from my copy of Poet In New York..
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Diane » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:36 am

Hi Ken. Thanks a lot for copying 1910 on here, a poem in which Lorca reflects back to his young innocent days of 1910 - one to savour. I am not a connoisseur of poetry like you, and I don't visit poetry websites (except this one), but I do agree that you should immerse yourself only in the best of things and cast mediocrity asunder. I also agree that poetry is better performed than merely read silently - like a good Springsteen or Shakespeare production.

I trust you all had a good time at the gig in Liverpool tonight.
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Post by liverpoolken » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:24 pm

Diane

Sorry for the delay in replying.
One mystery that we solved that night was the LC film that formed the first half of the gig.
While my good self and two fellow forum members settled down to watch the film we noticed that one of our number was missing.
Dave didn't make it until after the interval about halfway through the first song....the Liverpool one way system being the culprit.
Even though Dave had not seen the film on the night he told us it sounded like the Under Review 1978-2006 dvd which was confirmed when we chatted to Rick Foot after the show.

Both Rick Foot and Keith James are brilliant musicians and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Highlights for me were of course the Lorca material. I think there is an even better show lurking under the surface somewhere if they drop the Dylan and other stuff and stick with just the Lorca material. Perhaps between songs read extracts of Lorca's beautiful and evocative letters home written during his stay in New York and Cuba.

Anyways a good evening was had by all.

One lesson learned that night is don't try to smuggle a twelve year old into a Liverpool pub:-)

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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Diane » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:04 am

I think there is an even better show lurking under the surface somewhere if they drop the Dylan and other stuff and stick with just the Lorca material.
Yes Ken, I thought the Lorca numbers were what they did best.

Any excuse to copy down my fave Lorca lines:

Verde que te quiero verde.
Verde viento. Verdes ramas.
El barco sobre la mar
y el caballo en la montaña.

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by mydoglorca » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:46 pm

I'm really glad I managed to see this. Do go if they are in your area. I understand the tour has quite a few dates to run.
It wasn't advertised well in Bristol ( I only knew of it because of this Forum) & was therefore very poorly attended.
Highly recommended.
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Re: DYLAN, Cohen, Nabokov, Neruda all in one evening

Post by Tim » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:19 pm

mydoglorca wrote:I'm really glad I managed to see this. Do go if they are in your area. I understand the tour has quite a few dates to run.
It wasn't advertised well in Bristol ( I only knew of it because of this Forum) & was therefore very poorly attended.
Highly recommended.
I could have posted every word of that! But didn't because I was lazy. I too am glad I found out it was on, and at one of my more favourite Bristol venues. I realise now I hadn't seen it advertised anywhere, so the low attendance shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise. I think the last band we saw, Courtney Pine's Jazz Warriors, would have outnumbered Saturday's audience, being 14-strong. Still, Keith James promised us an intimate show when they started, and that's what we got.

Now I read this thread I see why I wasted some of the day looking for '1910' online! I was looking for something of Lorca's to quote for my union newsletter, and that was the one that stuck in my mind most too. Cheers for scanning it in, Ken

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