"Provinz ist da, wo die Lehrer zu den Intellektuellen zählen."
I don’t know how Leonard [Cohen] and I arranged to meet exactly, but nine years ago we planned to spend the afternoon together. The afternoon turned into dinner and it turned into the evening, and we spent the whole time reading a book, which, at that time, was just loose, unpublished pages of poetry. It was, in fact, the Book of Longing [Cohen’s collection]. We were in a very typical Los Angeles house with a backyard and a swimming pool, and we just sat on the grass and he read the poems.
From “Glass on Cohen” by rchrd, All I Know2, October 3, 2007.
bookheaven1000: Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Live on Saturday Night Live 1980
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Live on Saturday Night Live 1980
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Saturday Night Live Performance NBC TV Studio, New York City November 22, 1980 A. Hot Head B. Ashtray Heart Robert Williams: Back stage at SNL, before he performed, Don’s wife Jan, found a vile of blow in his coat pocket, opened the little bottle, poured it into the carpet, took her foot and mashed it into the fibers. Moments later someone stuck his head into the dressing room and said, “OK, your on now Mr. Van Vliet.” John Thorne: The SNL performance had a golden moment at the end of Ashtray Heart. There was a moment of silence at the end of the song while the audience sort of got their shit together. Don had a smug little grin on his face that said it all. Mission accomplished. Scott McFarland: One night I was interested to notice in our T.V. Guide that Beefheart was playing on that night’s “Saturday Night Live”, a show which my parents wouldn’t let me watch (although they did watch it themselves). Remember, this was before VCRs were common - I had no way of seeing the Captain’s performance that night, but determined that I would get as much information about it second-hand as I could from my parents and whatever friends were able to watch the show. The next day, I asked my parents about the show. They told me that it had been particularly terrible, and that I really wasn’t missing anything funny by not being allowed to watch it. (This was a common reaction to that particular show; it was later mentioned in print as being the all-around worst show aired to that date). I then asked them what they had thought of the musical guest, Captain Beefheart, and what his performance was like. At the very mention of Beefheart, my parents reacted with dismay. They told me that he appeared to be a madman, and that he had assaulted their ears with his “crazy” music not once but twice during the course of the show. They expressed to me in no uncertain terms that his music had no value whatsoever, and that you probably had to be on some kind of drug(s) to get anything out of it. (They frequently stated this opinion during my teenage years about music which I was playing that had abstract or artsy tendancies about it). Beyond that they refused to speak of it. They were clearly not happy to know that I had any interest in this rather shocking maniac, much less that I was seriously inquiring about the characteristics of his music. Unwittingly, the Captain had violently offended their sensibilities.
Jun 15, Rehearsals II
Jun 15, Rehearsals II #leonardcohen
It’s a slow day when the tissue boxes have been modified
It was a grey morning; not unlike a sky blanketed in aluminium foil and lit from below. The sun was nowhere to be seen, yet its light diffused through the screen to create a shadowless world as we…
These days putting things together is no easy task. Today Paul has many things to assemble. Paul is reading the directions before he assembles things. Today Paul is putting things together.
People leave apple vinegar, lemons and wet cloths around for others to use.
After a year on the road, the gear is showing some wear and tear. Paul knows how to fix these kinds of problems. Today Paul is painting the stage chairs. Today Paul is painting.
Needles In The Camel’s Eye - Brian Eno
This song is strangely satisfying to listen to while walking with purpose down a subway platform. It felt very cinematic.
Busyness is often misconstrued as a measure of success, it’s important to take care of yourself and put aside time to just be. Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing.
I need to put this on my mirror