Friday, 21 January 2022

Meat Loaf - d. January 20th 2022

I see you cavort with jailbait,
sweat-soused in frilly shirt,
leering and pleading, heart
pulsing at the bottom of a pit
- in hell, in heaven. The light
above the dashboard goes out.
I could weep, but I won't do that.

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Hardy Krüger - d. January 19th 2022

Ich singe ein Marschlied für
der gute Deutsche, spielend
Anstand aus der Erinnerung,
Ehre ohne Befehle,
die gelebte Vergangenheit bringen
in die ungeschriebene Gegenwart,
weil jemand musste.

I sing a marching song for
the good German, playing
decency from memory,
honour without orders,
bringing the lived past
to the unscripted present,
because somebody had to.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Ronnie Spector - d. January 12th 2022

Girls like you can tell what girls like,
what boys like, how to turn heads
every place they go, how yearning
and joy are chords from the same song,
how heartbreak is just a chorus away.

Friday, 7 January 2022

Peter Bogdanovich - d. January 6th 2022

All I know of small towns
is that they are not small; 
they fill screens and spill
through the cracked lens
of themselves, endlessly
showing and reshowing 
where we have been, 
where we are going.

Sidney Poitier - d. January 7th 2022

To you, with love, Mister Tibbs;
a life that needed to be lived 
before it could find a marquee.
A soft-hard voice speaks dignity
tough yet warm as Mississippi sun,
not a man of colour, but a man.

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Richard Leakey - d. January 2nd 2022

There is a gorge, 
home to a grave 
wherein remains are laid.
One body, five species:
Homo Audax
Homo Gravis 
Homo Curiosus 
Homo Elephantinum
Homo Humanus

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Janice Long - d. December 25th 2021

We spent so many nights together,
two conspirators plotting via ether,
you spinning me to my own revolution,
me in awe of each sonic revelation.
In the darkness, a voice. Is that you?
I like this one. You might like it too.

Desmond Tutu - d. December 26th 2021

True strength is kindness,
beyond evil and its noise,
to form a better argument,
not just to raise your voice,
to know that forgiveness
is a grace and not a choice.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Sally Ann Howes - d. December 19th 2021

I knew your look, your voice,
before and beyond the adult
I reluctantly became, and yet
even now my heart beats 
so unruly at the possibilities 
of love, song and silly stories.

Sunday, 19 December 2021

Thomas ‘Mensi’ Mensforth - d. December 10th 2021

Give me the honest upstart
who lives what others only sing,
who knows the fascists in town
and calls them out. It isn’t art
but it’s a start, to shout a warning,
in song and not be shouted down.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Anne Rice - d. December 11th 2021

Like all your species,
you smelled the fears
that filled our veins.
You alone wrote them
in a haemovore's hand,
humanised the inhuman,
breathed pity into undeath.

Friday, 10 December 2021

Mike Nesmith - d. December 10th 2021

All men must have someone,
have someone to pretend to be,
someone deep in the shallows,
someone quiet amid the hoopla,
someone tender in a tapioca world.

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Robbie Shakespeare - d. December 8th 2021

Every cloud shakes: no speaker is safe
And no blues party bluer. A bass rumble
Deeper than Dawkins Pond tells the people:
God's riddim section is mashing up Babylon.

Steve Bronski - d. December 9th 2021

A train is coming, clanking
out a perfect beat, stopping 
at even the smallest towns.
A young man steps aboard,
cheap synth under his arm,
looks for a seat. He's come
so far, but still so far to go.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Stephen Sondheim - d. November 26th 2021

They dim the lights
as you make your exit
with your usual flair,
sure of your lines,
the sum of all song.


Friday, 19 November 2021

Mick Rock - d. November 18th 2021

The past is a fast-blurring photo,
a radio slowly drifting off-station.
My shelves heave with long-
players, your covers a peepshow,
your images rock's bright blazon,
bending white light around song.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Wilbur Smith - d. November 13th 2021

My father quartered the veldt
at your side, shot at big game, 
missed, dug for diamonds, 
found none, searched for 
the place where the lion feeds, 
lived the hard fiction of real men.

Friday, 12 November 2021

Gerald Sinstadt - d. November 10th 2021

Resist cliché. 
Find ways 
to say what we see 
but don’t see:
the art in technique, 
the beauty in graft, 
the game as theatre, 
the sport as life.

Clifford Rose - d. November 6th 2021

We knew 
it was only an act, 
but oh how you breathed life 
into death, banality into evil,
smiling that unsmile, a study 
in terrible duty, quiet horror.

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Andrew Barker - d. November 6th 2021

your state ritual: 
kick drum boom,
low-pass filter,
white noise snare,
hi-hat skitter, claves,
squelch, handclaps,
and the joy of acid.