Michael always had a major interest in literature and produced many concerts and recordings of poetry and music. He was looking for someone to produce an album with Allen Ginsberg for his company - Michael had already recorded Allen performing Blake's "Nurses Song" with Steven Taylor and the Garland Chamber Symphony for a compilation album "Made Up in Texas" and was ready to record a full album with Allen.
Familiar with some of my multi-artist tribute productions, Michael thought I'd be the right person to do this project. I knew much of Allen's work. I've seen him read from his works a number of times and owned a few of his recordings including "Kaddish" on Atlantic Records, "First Blues" a double album on John Hammond's label, and "Howl" on Fantasy. Those records worked wonderfully in their own way basically documenting the moments - but I felt that this record should be something different.
I wondered if an album with Allen could do the same thing. It was a challenging project and always looking to get involved Nimms Leicht - Henry Arland - Willkommen Im Zauberland Der Klarinette potentially dangerous situations, I took Michael's offer.
Various - Jazz And Floyd the first meetings, Allen seemed suspicious. He obviously had gone through some strange experiences with making records before, and that I had only some general conceptual Corner - Ruphus - Coloured Dreams & Hidden Schemes didn't really help.
A few months later an album that I produced for Marianne Faithfull "Strange Weather" was released and Marianne played the record for Allen at Kral Majales - Allen Ginsberg - The Lion For Real Naropa Institute Kral Majales - Allen Ginsberg - The Lion For Real Colorado where they were both teaching. Allen liked the album and with some encouragement from Marianne, he became enthusiastic about our project.
Shortly thereafter an approximate recording period was scheduled. We each made a list of about twenty poems that we thought would work well with music. Allen picked about eighty. One night he read almost all these to me in his apartment accompanied by a neighbor screaming out of his window to shut up. We then decided on about fifty poems to consider. Ginsberg read poems that we picked out, with additional requests from the musicians, for about six hours in the studio while we sat in the control room - an amazing night.
We gave the evening's tape copies to musicians and invited them to pick about three poems and compose music. We met separately later that week and picked the best poems for each to work on.
The week that we spent recording went extremely well. Each night everyone would arrive between seven and eight in the evening and pieces Ride My Horse (Original Mix) - Various - DJ Selection 346: The House Jam Part 92 be presented by the composer, rehearsed and recorded with Allen reading the work live. Then we'd go to the next composition. After the first performance broke the ice "Refrain"everyone's nervousness disappeared and the sessions went by quickly and smooth.
We averaged four poems recorded each night. Character contrasts were great, from an insane Gary Windo arranged number to a beautiful Steve Swallow composition within a few hours; personalities from Beaver Harris to Arto Lindsay would float in and out of songs.
Allen, who was never quite in a situation like this before, adapted quite well and kept everyone's spirits high. At the end of the week, we had twenty-one numbers recorded, of which we decided to complete all but one.
After a few sequence changes and interesting debates on what tracks to delete, the record was finished. Thanks go to everyone associated with this project. Of special mention is Joel Tornabene who put Michael Minzer and myself together, Joe Ferla for being alive, Fran Tose for her help at the start of the album, Marianne Faithfull for her valuable friendship, and especially Allen Ginsberg for putting himself and his art in our world and taking the chance.
I still don't know what the reaction will be, but hope the enjoyment that went into the record shows. The Lion For Real This title is not available on this site. Please click this link to purchase from Amazon. Produced by Hal Willner and others. Produced by: Hal Willner. Lenny Pickett appears courtesy of Carthage Records. Recorded and mixed by Rob Wasserman.
Mixed at Bearsvill StudiosNew York. Casual note, a long melancholy affectionate thought about the late irascible Bay Area anarchist Poet, Kenneth Rexroth, might be 4 AM in the soul that Michael Blair's music mirrors. Gary Windo's free jazz sounds a variant of drunken Mexican Day of Dead dancing skeleton band. I was too Shy to rebuke kind Mr.
Einstein for this hideous karma. Mark Bingham's strains carry this literal dream. By Bug Music. A memory flash Paris. My favorite Aunt Rose took car of me weekends when my mother was ill-Books named are my late father Louis Ginsberg's.
It was a big event to publish a volume of poetry those days! Rose Gaidemak died of septicemia. Note delicate music box time travel invention by Marc Ribot. Retrospective account of a. Five years later Tibetan Lama Dudjom Rinpoche advised me, 'If you see something horrible, don't cling to it; if you see something beautiful, don't cling to it.
Gary Windo's circus sax announces the poem's burlesque symbolism, Beaver Harris's drum follows the drama. Among the earliest writing in this suite, echoing late Yeats' style. Having heard Blake's voice I was headed for the booby-hatch for a season.
A Blakean Lyric, drawn from a childhood boogeyman sex dream under Paterson, N. A little anecdote the poet Corso told me aroundBill Frisell's delicate The Tangled Road - Kurt Elling - Passion World turns around this memory of buried innocence.
Spoken originally to tapemachine driving thru ephemeral Cleveland's Industrial flats Junebewilderment at 'The Fall of America' in Vietnam Wartime, what will future generations think? The collage concludes with Mantra to Buddha's human aspect as Sakya family wiseman, followed by Highest Perfect Wisdom Mantra: 'Gone gone totally gone totally gone over the top, wakened mind, So, ah!
Marc Ribot's music's appropriately eerie. I was working graveyard shift as copy boy Associated Press office writing midnight stanzas, Thomas Wyatt mode, analyzing money, sex, hipness, heroism etc. Lenny Pickett built sophisticated multiple wind instrument cadenzas timed around my one-shot solo recitation he took home from studio to work with. Written riding on Susquehanna train N. Bill Frisell muses into sunrise with clear birdsong.
BMI admin. Don Cherry alchemized my complaining downer cry 'Whom Bomb? Who Said Bomb? This poem's closest to poetic ideal of a majestic cadenced proclamation. Ralph Carney's Circle of Fifths continuously evolves in horns' circular breathing like Australian Aborigines' Didgerey Doo matching voice-text power to make the most perfect poetry music recording I've done- unobstructed exaltation, every syllable chanted conscious.
Brief poem writ rising from a summer afternoon nap on Primrose Hill's grass, overlooking London's misted skyline Listen hard, we buried the 'Guru' in the music. The most recent poem on this record. Herbert Marshall. Yes I failed, everyone born dies, accepting failure makes success of life. A slight poem, erotic fantasytroublesome honest journal notation I prized for its objective humor and buried it among pages of Collected Poems.
I first spoke it at a Naropa Institute reading with the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Callejón - Comegatos - Callejón EP asked him what he thought considering our motto 'First thought best thought.
I was a little jolted when Steve Swallow had the wit to score it as a laid back sophisticated disco Kral Majales - Allen Ginsberg - The Lion For Real slyly turning up the heat on this genre in LA.
As this Kral Majales - Allen Ginsberg - The Lion For Real is written, a more traditional text, the poem Howl, is at issue in a constitutional challenge to one Sen. Jesse Helms' recent law directing Federal Communications Commission to prohibit any work supposed by them 'Indecent' from aethereal broadcast over Radio-TV. I'll be seeing God Save Ireland - The Wolfe Tones - Rifles Of The I.R.A. Hal Willner.
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