Friday, August 29, 2014

One of my favorite songs...gets me reflecting

I begin to reflect on the evolution of the working person...
What it meant to do labor, tend to fields of flock and flower ...and how far we've come to neglect hard work with the physical. 
we are all so digital now, we forget what our skin is even made of.







"Highwayman"



I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did ride
With sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five
But I am still alive.

I was a sailor. I was born upon the tide
And with the sea I did abide.
I sailed a schooner round the Horn to Mexico
I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed
But I am living still.

I was a dam builder across the river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
But I am still around..I'll always be around..and around and around and
around and around

I fly a starship across the Universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I'll be back again, and again and again and again and again..

Friday, August 22, 2014

(on clothing)

If I were to wear one color over my body,
let it blend to my feet
so each day
the primitive returns to the eyes --
Reflection of place; beyond person
or thing.

- Jessica M. Wilson

My New Favorite MODERN Band: The Mystic Braves!

Holy holy! I heard these cats play at the Santa Monica Pier, opening up for The Zombies! Wow, if that is not a great credit to musical history, I don't know what is :)

The Mystic Braves...headed to the stage, waited patiently to be introduced...sunset reflecting off of black shades...they were cloaked in velvet pea coats, skinny pants, and looked damn sharp! As soon as the first song launched into the air, I was hooked.

The Mystic Braves at the Santa Monica Pier - 8/21/14
   
The Mystic Braves at the Santa Monica Pier - 8/21/14

I love surf rock -- Dick Dale -- and his thundering guitar.
I love The Doors and the psychedelic trips Ray Manzarek's organ would take sending my mind tumbling through time.
I love the old ramble of a steady Rockabilly beat, reminiscent of Johnny Cash, and the western twang of Marty Robbins.
I love the cry of Carlos Santana's guitar as it reaches the heavens in its peaking...

There is no music like this anymore... not that I have found. Not that I have heard. I know I haven't been everywhere, but what I like has been hard to find.

but wow.
have you heard the Mystic Braves?
have you heard the sound from these young cats of Echo Park - Los Angeles, CA?

They revisit the sounds that I cherish, fuse them into a new genre of audio... they call themselves a "Psych" band. Both my husband and I love "hippie rock", the era of Psychedelia (Jimi Hendrix, Doors, Jefferson Airplane)... and we had our minds BLOWN!
Our minds rocketed right up into the Milky Way! These guys ROCK!

What are we looking at?
We've got the lead singer, guitar player -- gone electric, gone surf rock, gone western, gone GLORIOUS with rock n roll! Holy hell! :)

Then there is the bassist and singer... who can sing awfully high and beautifully --watching him smack his bass with grace the entire time!

Then you have your organist who also plays percussion... keeping the steady beat supporting the guitars, then rocking out on a solo on the organ to make you BOP in your socks! O man, that was awesome!

Then you have your rhythm guitar -- keeping the steady tempo and holding onto a psychedelic riff all the whiles another psychedelic, or electric, or surf steady riff holds on top of that... A musical jam sensation! Again...this band blew our minds!

Then you have your drums... the drummer was cool the entire time... I don't think I saw him sweat, he was so damned cool! :) He kept a steady beat on symbols and rocked the big drums! I loved it.

Wow! So there you go... The Mystic Braves! I will follow this band all over town they are that awesome. In fact, I hope to be able to do a show where I can bring them onboard!
Here is their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysticbraves
Their webpage: http://www.mysticbraves.com/#music

Annnnnnnnnnd for your listening pleasure...here is their LP! Gotta love YouTube!



Peace & Love amigos!

   

I did take some Zombie pictures, but they all came out "meh" and fuzzy...but here are The Zombies!!! 
Long live Collin Blunstone and Rod Argent! 












Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You have a face for RADIO!

I have a smile for radio...that's for sure! Imma gonna be on RADIO!
Internet radio, actually... www.killradio.org, exactly! 

This Sunday, August 24th, my voice broadcasts worldwide -- as I take a trip with Radio Host and Poet, James Gautier! I am so excited. This is going to be fun...with James, things are unpredictable! I can't wait to see what he has in store...

Currently, I don't know the theme, but it might have to do with LA... and I get to pick some of the music that is aired! Hooray -- you can be sure that The Doors, The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Tiger Army, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Led Zepplin...will be on my list of tracks! I'll squeeze in Cal Tjader, Lady Day, and Ella!

I wonder what will be discussed? Actually, I never find myself that interesting...lots of times I am very quiet until someone asks me something...so yeah Radio chat, interview, should work quite well for me.

Allllllllllllllright you amazing people!
Please tune in: killradio.org, from 9am to noon! 

Just so you have an idea of where my interests stem... here is a wee list for you:

Poetry Roots

  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Rita Dove
  • Langston Hughes
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Walt Whitman
  • Maurya Simon
  • S.A. Griffin
  • Frank O'Hara
  • TS Elliot
  • Eleanor Wylie
I also love the writings of Henry David Thoreau :)
Allllllllllllllright, again!

THE PLUG:
www.killradio.org, this Sunday, August 24th from 9am to noon -- listen for Poet Jessica M. Wilson, accompanied by her partner in The Metaphors, Flutist, Juan Cardenas!

Listen in and rock on! \m/

Photo of the LA Woman -- Poet, Jessica M. Wilson by Alexis Rhone Fancher (c)2014, Los Angeles, CA




Jessica featuring at the Rapp Sal(o)on with Juan Cardenas! Suzanne Lummis!

This Friday, August 22nd, I'll be at the Santa Monica Youth Hostel to join Poet and Hostess, Peggy Dobreer at the the Rapp Sal(o)on for a wonderful night of literary entertainment! I am very excited to join in this show... lots of amazing Poets on the bill including Los Angeles' very own Suzanne Lummis and the beautiful Romanian Poet, Elena Secota!

Juan Cardenas, a renowned Flutist, will be joining me in this celebration -- offering musical accompaniment and lots of beautiful song and poetry!
Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher (c)2014, Los Angeles, CA

I can't wait to take off my gloves and unleash the wild vibes of creation on everyone!
Soooooooooooo excited!

Here is one of my poems, "In Memoriam", published on Connotation Press! http://connotationpress.com/poetry/1313-jessica-m-wilson-poetry 

SHOW DETAILS:
The Rapp Saloon
1436 2nd St. 
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Show starts at 8:30pm, free to the public! Feel free to bring some treats (wine/cheese/olives/hummus) -- I won't mind! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sending family off in style! Aloha, Cathy Cole!

CATHY COLE - the Spirit of Life Award Winner!

Cathy receiving her award at Bob's Espresso Bar!  (Photo by Victor Sotomayor)


ALOHA CATHY COLE!
We are saying "tootle-loo" to our great friend and family member, Cathy Cole! Cathy will be moving to Hawaii this weekend... 


Cathy tapping into our hearts! (Wearing her infamous, "Listen to Bob" shirt)
Cathy and her Ukulele!
The beautiful Cathy Cole playing at Writer Wednesday -- NoHo, Bob's Espresso Bar!
                            


Cathy joined the gang at Writer Wednesday since we began -- she came in with her Ukulele and her determination to play it -- plus her big beautiful smile! Her energy is so pure and giving...we all fell in love with her! Soon, she was writing songs and playing many many songs on her Uke! Cathy has been such an inspiration for all artists everywhere! We love your creative soul, and your faith in "smiling" away the dull moments, negative moments, and just ENJOYING LIFE!

Cathy wrote the theme song for Writer Wednesday at Bob's Espresso Bar!!! 


Click on the video, or you can take a listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF0bNh5J5SE 



I am going to miss Cathy tremendously, but I know we will see her again as a GUEST PERFORMER! Sending lots of love and hugs to Miss Cathy Cole! :)
 --  Jessica & Your family at Bob's!

Such a powerful message from a SURVIVOR with such a beautiful spirit!

Cathy, Thank you for all that you've given us, and the inspirations you've shared! We are going to have to go back to u-streaming the show just for Cathy because she is that loved!


speaking of the love... 

the Los Angeles Poet Society, driver behind Writer Wednesday, want to award E. Cathy Cole with the

Spirit of Life 
Award!!!

The Spirit of Life Award (SOL), is presented to a member of the Los Angeles community for their dedication to their creativity, and for being a driving force within their communities, serving spoonfuls of inspiration and camaraderie through art. 

Since her journey led her to Bob's for Writer Wednesday, Cathy has shown us her sorrows and dreams, and we've watched her transform that sorrow into beauty, and her dreams become concrete, through the vehicle of art and her determination. Each week, Cathy continued to learn her Ukulele, and soon master it to be able to write her own music! 

She has since created the theme song for Writer Wednesday at Bob's Espresso Bar, tap danced and sang, and featured for the Salon @ NoHo, and Writer Wednesday! Cathy's energy also led her to volunteer with the Los Angeles Poet Society for the 1st Annual Lit Crawl in LA, North Hollywood! 

She is a true inspiration and shares her love of the arts and zest for life with all of us! We are so proud of who she is and blessed to be a part of her life!  


Thank you, Cathy! It's an honor to give you this award, and name it for you all the years to come! Lots of love to you always!
- Jessica M. Wilson
Los Angeles Poet Society, Founder/President



Friday, August 8, 2014

For Juan Guapo de Guanajuato ;)

Ode to my love on our 6 month anniversary --

You made the air reach my lungs and my blood run around
until it was as rapid as my heart with each touch of your hand,
a whiff of your hair, or a stare into your honeyed eyes.
My favorite human being in this place
I never knew love could be so happy as the day you crept into my mind,
planting Doors to everywhere I've never been...
My love, thank you.

- Jessica M. Wilson Cardenas
your wife forever

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