Check out this cool Alligator called Leonard . Its part of a
new book by local artist and friend Chole Anderson.
It reminded me of a poem I wrote a long time ago
called , "Walking The Gumbo Way." Gumbo was part of a
a book called "Burning Dirt Symphonies," that was only
read by Stu Pearson, Rory, Joni Mitchel and David Byrne.
You can find Chole on facebook where she's posting a
lot of stuff from her upcoming book. She' s realy cool
friend her .
Walking The Gumbo Way
For some reason this ancient song went running through my mind today. I think I was trying to be Springsteen at the time and write a triumphant story of desperate characters lost in a world they couldn't understand. But It came out all garbled and weird . Something about a "Portable Girl" and a "rabit vacation". Well I guess these are pretty cool images, especially the "rabit vacation". If there are any psychoanalysts in the readership , I'd love to get a rundown on this……
My portable girl took a rabit vacation
Borrowed someone's car and took off across the nation
Haven't heard from her in quite a long time
Dangerous Dad was dealing with the problem
Lost the only woman that had ever tried to love him
So he ran through the streets where the people don't smile
Searching for his daughter on a Miracle Mile
Portable Girl met a Dangerous Dad
They were having such a good time the waitress got mad
She'd been working all night to support her child
She never understood it was a Miracle Mile
Miricle mile is waiting down the road
Miracle Mile won't be there when you get old
The road is calling , The chips are falling , Its gonna be fine on a Miracle Mile
It don't call out to non-believers
You need a little faith if you're gonna be leaving
You look to the sky and step on the gas
You realize all those bad times are passed
Miracle Mile is waiting down the road
Miracle Mile won't be there when you get old.
Stuart Pearson is responsible for the arrangement on this , and he did an increbible job geting the "lost parade turned triumphant" sound. Rory Anton is doing a great job on guitar and his friend John from John's Guitar and drum shop is playing some fantastic drums. I think Rick Elias is in there somewhere, at least I remember him being there. And the funniest moment of all was in the middle of our drunken studio revelry Stu dumped a huge cup of coffee all over the board. Quite possibly why we could never work in San Diego again.
Here's a live acoustic version of that huge 90's College radio hit "Let's Make Love on the floor of the Liquor Store."
It seems to have a new life as a folk song. What better protest than to simply ignore all rules of common decency and go at it on the floor of the Liquor Store . Or is this possibly the most clever af all anti-alcohol songs. Perhaps the real meaning is Why get drunk to loosen inhibitions ? Let's save our cash and just do it on the floor , in front of the cash register, Lotto Machine and curious customers.
Abraham Cloud is joined by Rory on guitar with Lesa Mac Ewan and Stuart Pearson on background vocals, check out the tribute to Rod Stewart in the breakdown