WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
A poem by a youngster from Worcestershire.
Come to the Fizz in May if you want to hear it.
Chris Casello Trio – another band I saw at Robert’s Western World, Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
So the dust of Memphis and Nashville has settled and the weather in the UK over the last weekend saw a great improvement from when I left for the USA and is considerably less dangerous than the Nashville tornados.
Friday saw the deadline for the poetry trail poets to make their submissions and by the end of the day I had received 56 poems from 16 of the poets who attended the workshops. There is some excellent poetry that has been generated as a result of the workshops, the speakers and just standing out in the landscape breathing it all in.
I am grateful to the poets for their enthusiasm and passion to research the themes, which saw individuals visiting Pooley outside of the workshops to get a more personal view and one poet partaking in a one of the weekly Coffee and Gossip sessions held with many of the ex-miners wives and daughters.
The hard job of selecting the poems for the trail has now started, with so many considerations already guiding the task, such as the poets can only have one poem on the trail, many have written several that are worthy of a place. Also some themes only warrant one poem on the trail but there are many poems that cover that theme.
It is however real pleasure to go through the poems and if I could include them all then I would. I am now thinking more seriously about producing an anthology to include not only the selected poems but also the best of the rest, there have been too many excellent poems produced to lose them.
Saturday saw a family barbeque followed by Sunday Lunch with my Sister for her birthday. Sunday afternoon was spent in the studio with Jimi, creating guitar loops that he can use in his sound vistas for our future films.
As a guitar player I was never very good and was mainly tolerated as rhythm guitar player in the bands, Apollo, High Mileage and Strange Beings back in the 70’s due to my ability to write lyrics. I can however knock out the odd original riff, which Jimi can use with some percussion and synth sounds to get something really decent.
After about two hours my fingers ached and we had around 56 tracks which Jimi can break down into considerably more loops. But we did not finish there, we moved into avant-garde music or sound effects depending on how Jimi uses them. This involved messing around with a bottleneck on the guitar strings that had been put through a fuzz pedal (that takes me back), which gave some really strange but pleasing sounds.
We also played around with an idea that I picked up from Brad the tour guide at Sun Studios in Memphis, which involved weaving a dollar bill between the strings of the guitar and then strumming a rhythm to get a percussive sound, this worked really well, especially with the fuzz pedal cranked up to full gain and sustain.
This is how they got the drum sound for Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues according to Brad, who then went on to demonstrate it.
I haven’t had a guitar session like this in nearly 30 years and it was so good to get back to it and I look forward to what Jimi does with loops on our future projects.
Jimi’s blog can be found at http://hydranoidmusia.wordpress.com/
Congratulations to a good friend of mine and fellow poet. Antony Owen from Coventry has just had his second collection of poems published.
Antony’s new collection of war poems follows in the traditions of the previous generations of war poets, entitled The Dreaded Boy, it is published by Pighog Press.
I have heard him read most of this collection as he has developed it over the last eighteen months. The poems challenge the reader to go to places that they do not want to go, but really need to go, to understand the reality of modern warfare. They draw their inspiration from the Afghan and Iraq wars; Antony has spoken at length to soldiers and their families about the impact of these conflicts
This collection is an informed often challenging set of poems that when Antony reads them, he delivers with a calm, peaceful tone, it allows the listener to take in the horrific violence and fear without shying away from it.
I think they should be read in the same way, taking time to engage with these forthright verses that have at the same time a sensitivity that only comes from a poet who cares about his subject.
Antony will be reading from The Dreaded Boy as the guest poet at the Fizz in September, in the meantime you can get copies from:
Last night saw me attend the ArtSwitch Networking event in Tamworth. ArtSwitch is Tamworth Borough Council’s arts initiative which aims to bring artists from all mediums together, from musicians, to dancers, to theatre and film, with poets and writers, fine artists and photographers and to look at how their skills can be used to develop community arts projects as well as making contacts for personal projects.
It was a really useful meeting and I met several people who are working on some really interesting projects.
The Shoebox Theatre develops new plays through youth projects and has now moved into Film.
There are a few music projects, which offer both technical expertise in studio crafts and the chance for people to make their first CD.
I was really inspired by the creativity that is going on, in and around Tamworth and I hope that as a poet and film maker I can help some of these projects and share my skills.
There are some interesting events that are coming up.
Barry Hunt, who was one of the poets who attended my Pooley workshops, is running a Master Class in Song Writing. Here is a link to Barry’s website
Student Films are being shown at the Inspire Film Festival in June.
There are also family events built around heritage in the Castle Grounds.
If you are involved in the Arts in the Tamworth area then you can find out more about ArtSwitch here:
COMING SOON DOINGS
Just a couple of readings in April.
18th April – Shindig Leicester – The Western, Western Ave, Leicester. – 7:30pm
22nd April – Spoken Worlds – The Old Cottage Inn – Burton-on-Trent. – 7:30pm