Thursday, September 4, 2008

stop the traffic

"old woman resin" by angela talbot.

hello, how are you?

this fear of being what they are: dead.

at least they are not out on the street, they
are careful to stay indoors, those
pasty mad who sit alone before their tv sets,
their lives full of canned, mutilated laughter.

their ideal neighborhood
of parked cars
of little green lawns
of little homes
the little doors that open and close
as their relatives visit
throughout the holidays
the doors closing
behind the dying who die so slowly
behind the dead who are still alive
in your quiet average neighborhood
of winding streets
of agony
of confusion
of horror
of fear
of ignorance.

a dog standing behind a fence.

a man silent at the window.

- Hello, How Are You ?
Charles Bukowski.

Co-founder of Traffic, "Mason is a proponent of music education for children. In 2005, he signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and lessons to children in public schools throughout the U.S. He sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member."

Thank you to Gus for the MP3.

DAVE MASON: LITTLE WOMAN from "Little Woman b/w Just For You" 45 (Island) 1968 (UK)




Mick said...

Never heard this before. Reminds me of You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.

ib said...

I heard it for the first time this morning, myself. My friend Gus had been trying to e-mail this on and off over the past two weeks, and my (non-google) account was over its quota, apparently.

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" is a great song, but one of those I tired of after wearing down the grooves in my adolescence. Nice minor chords, if I remember rightly. I use to always fumble the 'F' when I was trying to teach myself guitar.

Actually, I just listened to the Dave Mason track again there while I was typing this. You're not far wrong!

ib said...

If nobody else will say it, I will. This is tremendous!; I've listened to Mason's first album prior to this, "Alone Together", from 1970 - the one where he looks suspiciously like Bobby Beausoleil in the desert on the cover - but the quality of writing and musicianship doesn't come close to this single from two years earlier, I don't think.

Great stuff.