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Laura Chavez Plays the Verve Lounge


Revision 3/17

Candye Kane is a feathered Joplin
who has been places and lets her hot
rockabilly boyfriend open the show—
looks like Charlie Sheen and Elvis' baby boy
in a black Bakersfield cowboy shirt—
solid strummer and a few good licks

then he sits by the stage
to watch the fingers of Laura Chavez
dance up the neck of the red guitar

Laura Chavez who must be twenty-five by now plays
better than Jimi
she's a blues apocalypse of burnin' brimstone
the place is reelin' we're screamin' hoarse
the bouncer's smooth as Tanqueray
Candye hits the bridge—
Laura powers her home—

rock 'n roll never died
on this rock where we're dyin'
this rock where we don't get anywhere—

but we do
get to see Laura Chavez guitar hero

at the Verve Lounge in her polka-dot blouse
nod to Candye—let's do that fast number—
look off at the ceiling somewhere
wait for the drummer
and start playing like !@#$

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Revision 3/16

Candye Kane is a feathered Joplin
who has been places and lets her hot
rockabilly boyfriend open the show—
looks like Charlie Sheen and Elvis' baby boy
in a black Dwight Yoakum cowboy shirt—
solid strumming and his leads competent

then he sits by the stage
to watch the fingers of Laura Chavez
on the neck of the red guitar

Laura Chavez who must be twenty-five by now who plays
better than Jimi like a blues apocalypse from hell
god can she kick out rock and roll
the place is reelin' we're screamin' hoarse
the bouncer's smooth as Tanqueray
Candye Kane sings and Laura plays like a fiend—

rock 'n roll never died
on this rock where we're dyin'
this place where we don't get anywhere—
but we do
get to hear and see Laura Chavez guitar hero

walk on stage

at the Verve Lounge in her polka-dot blouse
look off at the ceiling or somewhere
wait for the drummer
and start playing like !@#$

'
'
'








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On Hearing Laura Chavez at the Verve Lounge

Candye Kane is a feathered Joplin
who has been places and has a hot
rockabilly boyfriend to open the show.

Imagine the psychology -- he looks like Charlie Sheen and Elvis' baby.
He's got looks, talent, and a Dwight Yoakum sensibility—
he plays solid and his leads are competent—

Candye does dance with him once
he stays to watch Laura Chavez
who must be twenty-five who plays
like Jimi Hendrix he's an admirer she's better
than Jimi Hendrix
she plays like a blues apocalypse from hell
god can she play rock and roll

the place is rockin'
the bouncer's smooth as Tanqueray
Candye Kane sings and Laura plays like a fiend—

rock 'n roll has never died
on this rock where we're dyin'
this place where we don't get anywhere—
but we do

see people like Laura Chavez guitar hero
walk on stage
at the Verve Lounge and play like !@#$
while Candye Kane sings about love.

'
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Last edited by pjouissance, Mar/16/2010, 2:11 pm
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Re: At the Verve Lounge


Hi Auto,

What a good poem to start the day with. Verve Lounge is cool, and the first line is a keeper:

Candye Kane is a feathered Joplin

Lots of other strong lines:

Imagine the psychology -- he looks like Charlie Sheen and Elvis' baby.

she plays like a blues apocalypse from hell

the bouncer's smooth as Tanqueray

rock 'n roll has never died
on this rock where we're dyin'
this place where we don't get anywhere—
but we do [great line and stanza break]


I was wondering if you would like to make the internet version of this poem a multimedia experience? The poem works well as is, which is essential, but as I read your poem, I was reminded of a hypertext poem by Colin Ward (aka Kaltica, who has made the case that hypertext is the wave of the future), "Elegy for Eva":

 http://www.autumnskypoetry.com/number12/Colin_Ward.html

Very different sensibilities at play in the two poems, but I googled Chavez and came up with this image that helped me "see" what is behind/inside this one:

http://bluesbuffet.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Laura-Chavez-2.jpg

You could link to utube as well if you wanted. Just a thought, to take or leave, and as I said, the poem works well as it is.

Thanks for posting, Auto. It's only 10 AM, but I feel like dancing. emoticon
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Auto,

Meant to say the !@#$/love juxtaposition in the last two lines also works well.

Me, I'm so out of it, I had to google Candye Kane:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candye_Kane

So, bear that in mind when you consider my hypertext suggestion. What wasn't obvious to me, probably is to a lot of other people.
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Hi, Katlin, Thanks for your good humor and the photos. I'm afraid this isn't much of a poem but I'm sure my enthusiasm gets through if nothing else! Laura Chavez is so good! It amazes me that musicians of this caliber are still spending their lives roaming around from one neighborhood bar to the next for pennies or playing festivals for free. Anyway I wrote this rather hastily after a show and I doubt that it's savable...

Thanks again for stopping in,

Auto
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hi Auto,

I like this, like watching a good scene in a movie. It also reminded me that the first time I saw Brad Pitt, I thought if Robert Redford and Warren Beatty could have a child together, that child would be Brad Pitt.

Chris
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Well, I sure hope this is in some way savable. I get that the poem's pathos and enthusiasm hang on all the referentials, what, in the end, tends to vitiate against a poem, since, time bound. But I am loving this thing, and not just the enthusiasm. What comes through for me is the duende you must have sensed in the performance(s). That is the big thing that comes through. Having once upon a time followed a number of R and B bands from dive to dive, and making a novel out of the same, I think I get what the poem is after. R & R really is a purely dionysian art form, ne's pas?

My favorite lines are these:

rock 'n roll has never died
on this rock where we're dyin'
this place where we don't get anywhere—


This goes to the middle belly of it all.

Tere
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Hi, Christine and Tere,

Christine, thank you for stopping in! Brad lost his cachet with that scraggle beard he's sporting, don't you think? next he'll quit acting and start directing...

Hi, Tere,

Well, this revision ain't much but I had some more fun with it...I write so many poems full of duende. That's my middle name, BTW. My real name is in fact Saudade Duende Tristangst. However in this poem I was hoping to catch a little unclouded joy. Just a little, you know? We deserve it after this long dark wet winter.

Appreciate your comments and thanks for your visit, Tere,

Auto


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