Harry Crosby: Three Poems in Retrospect, with an introduction - [The following is in celebration of the recent publication by MadHat Press of *Selected Poems by Harry Crosby*, which brings back the work of a major but...
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Poetry Scores' house band Three Fried Men has a free performance this Saturday, May 4 at the Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust.
Three Fried Men opens the show at 9 p.m. sharp, followed by Geoff Seitz & the Dugout Canoe at 10 p.m. and The Thin Dimes at 11 p.m.
The event is free. Schlafly has a full-service bar with more than a dozen of their own beer styles on tap and bottled. It's also a restaurant with a tasty, adventurous pub menu.
Geoff Seitz & the Dugout Canoe is one of the finest old-time music bands on the planet. Dancing permitted. The Thin Dimes play high-energy foot-stomping music. Foot stomping permitted.
This version of Three Fried men has four song leaders: Chris King, Ann Hirschfeld, Robert Goetz and Nick Barbieri.
They will lead songs that set to music poetry by Anne Sexton, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, Confucius (translated from the Chinese by Ezra Pound), Ece Ayhan and Orhan Veli (translated from the Turkish by Murat Nemet-Nejat), as well as Lakota totem chants and African proverbs.
These poetry scores are presented in chamber folk rock settings: a spare drum kit, bass, Adam Long on cello, acoustic and electric guitars (Mark Buckheit, lead), and Heidi Dean on operatic harmony vocals.
For more information, email Chris King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few songs we'll play on Saturday, with links to sounds:
"My son is a queen" *
(Ece Ayhan, Chris King, Murat Nemet-Nejat)
"Short life" **
(Old Buffalo, One Feather, Chris King)
"Dumb bunny" ***
(Ann Hirschfeld, Anne Sexton)
"Jesus freaks" ****
(Robert Goetz, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake)
* Still in print on the poetry score Blind Cat Black, available at St. Louis Curio Shoppe; also now a minor motion picture.
** Still in print on a record by Poetry Scores precursor band Eleanor Roosevelt, Crumbling in the Rain. More information about the Lakota source is to be had here.
*** From her score to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which will be premiered Nov. 8 at Mad Art Gallery.
**** For a forthcoming Poetry Scores Hawaii project being produced by Richard Hamasaki. For more on Westlake and Hamasaki, see anglistica.