Monday, July 20, 2009

one word discography: angels

nyro's head was tilted
in the gathering suns.
she made her way through
gossamer, she sang
from a heart
blackened by loss, yet
radiant in its disarray.
Desiree was calling
fealty was her bliss.



Blogger anno said...

Truer than any liner notes, these lines: "she made her way through/ gossamer, she sang/ from a heart/ blackened by loss, yet/ radiant in its disarray." Love the play of disarray and Desiree.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Do you remember Desiree? I thought it was more Diamond than gossamer, but I guess since the musical angel Nyro's heart was radiant in its disarray, it calls to mind the diamonds that the earth-angel pressure-cooks out from black coal to become the desire of women's hearts (and their best friends...)

9:12 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Anno: As you know, sometimes when you're playing in the clay, you don't always see what you're doing. Thank you for catching disarray / Desiree. I love it.

11:36 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Nyro's Desiree truly was gossamer, a lovely will o' the wisp love whisper on her Gonna Take a Miracle album. Comes in under 2 minutes in length, but probably my favorite cut on the disc. I looked for an easier route to it, but this link is the best I could find:

Rhapsody will give you 20 free listens, I think.

I think Neil D. and Bourdieu were off trolling for lyrics while Laura was down in Philly with the Gamble and Huff boys cutting Gonna.

That's Patti Labelle and her sisters singing backup for Ms Laura.

11:55 PM  
Blogger present said...

I have been enjoying your lovely poems Paschal.
Please tell me about the one word prompts.

10:59 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

present: I'm glad you're enjoying these, and glad your voice is back with us.

I'm afraid that these have become an addiction: they play to the speed at which I write poetry anyway, so that certainly doesn't help, if I'm looking for an exit from the playtime.

Here's the link:

Very simple: they toss one word your way (it's the same for everyone, but the word changes daily) and then you are to write in response to it for one minute. Lots of folks write prose responses which, given my slow keyboarding skills, was giving me fits, but then I started writing these little poems, which fit just fine.

Come join the fun.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Definitely gossamer and much better than the diamond version. The lyrics are nicer, too. But I still think that the double Yang duo of Pavorati and James Brown is the best you've put up to date, except for the Fats Waller. That is my hands down favorite.

12:20 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Glad you got a taste of Nyro's Desiree. Ain't nobody gonna quarrel with your vote for Fats, especially not Fats himself.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

Odd, this lady slipped by me completely. What a sad loss. I am totally smitten - To a Child, and Walk the Dog, Light a Light. "radiant in its disarray" Loving that :)

3:18 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Hey, Dee: Nyro slipped by completely, or her death at 49 slipped by? I knew her songs way back when she was the songwriting rage, loved her lazy day take on her own "Stoned Soul Picnic", but I never really caught the devotion of her early days. I did hear of her death on NPR, a brief tribute, and then a few years back I ran across Angel in the Dark in the library and it grabbed me hard: it lived in the CD player so much, I thought I'd never get loose from it. For all the early devotion (and I went back and journeyed through it all), I think Angel is her masterpiece. Her version of "Walk on By" stunned me.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

I'll be doing some searching. I listened to just enough to want more. At one point I actually could have sworn it was Joni singing. She had her own style but some notes she hit and some of her phrasing just, wow.

8:19 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Enjoy the search. You'll definitely recognize some of the songs. She had a wild riotous voice. Check out her early song "Poverty Train." Ouch.

8:40 PM  

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