This week's selection for Issa's Sunday Service comes from one of my favorite 60s bands: Love. The literary allusion is brief, (the mention of "poetry") with the cut being a smart, if lightweight (especially compared to their later work), pop song. It does highlight the rocking side of a band that became famous for a more mellow folk/chamber rock vibe, best exemplified by one of the finest classic rock albums ever, Forever Changes.
Not long after recording that album, Arthur Lee, the charismatic leader and songwriter of the band, fired everyone and started a long, checkered career with backup bands and material that never rose to the quality of his previous work. Lee's spiraling descent hit a low point when he was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in jail i prison in 1996, the details of which may be found here.
Lee's sentence was shortened when the original trial proved tainted and he was released. What followed was an amazing coda to his story; Lee put together a new assembly of musicians, went out on the road and performed a stellar version of the Forever Changes album live, which is available in both CD and DVD editions. If you are a fan, it is not to be missed. What follows via youtube are two cuts from that tour and the Forever Changes album, performed live on Later with Jools Holland. It seemed that just as quickly as he had returned, he was gone, this time for good.
You Set the Scene
Between Clark and Hillsdale
It would seem that issue #106 of Lilliput Review had some amazing poems, some of which have been featured here and here and here. So, adding to those 9, here are 10 and 11: LeRoy Gorman reminding us of a classic haiku concerning the octopus dream by Bashō and Marshall Hryciun just reminding us.
Buddha's birthday parade
one of the monks
won't take his eyes off me
paying no heed
to Buddha's birthday...
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