This is the last of Blondie with Autoamerican. This is a great piece of work as they continue to grow, try new things and sadly run out of steam. They recorded some but the band seems to have burned out as a creative unit. I heard some of the later work & it fell flat, to me. Rapture showed white gals can rap before black or white gals dared to rap.
Also on this mp3 cd is Dalbello: whomafoursays – from 1984 a stunning Canadian lp by a stunning voice but she never caught the public fancy. Spare production eerie and chilling make this a great lp. If this’d been released first in UK or USA it would have been huge. The follow up (somewhere in my collection) Tango is good but not as good as this one.
A band clearly influenced by Blondie is Book Of Love: on this cd I have their first (with bonus tracks); Candy Carol (a sweetly sexy lesbian overtones Christmasy cd). I also have stand alones: Love Bubble: funky disco pop with a bot of B52’s in the sound. The Best Of. Book of Love is a mix of goth, emo & shoe gazer with a dash of dance with great vocals & excellent production.
the net effect
What better place to include Bette Midler’s first lp The Divine Miss M – this is an amazing debut album. The voice, the sense of humour and the songs all come together for one of my favourite albums. Full force queer but your mother would like it anyway.
There was room on this cd for Madonna’s Immaculate Collection. I can’t say I was a big fan but she is what Blondie led to & the hits here are catchy, danceable & at times even emotionally resonant. She wanted the career that Debra Harry opted out of.
Wait there’s even more as I added ep’s by a couple Toronto singers: Francesca Blandizzi: I heard her at a Coffehouse Cabaret: jazzy pop. Underdog: Jinx: funky fun. I picked this up at a fundraiser at the Transact Club years ago. Whew that’s it for this week.
I don’t see the alyssum as its scent fills the warm evening air. It had rained in the afternoon and that rain had brought out the sweetness of the garden. From where I stood on the back porch I could smell the flowers even though they were out of sight at the back of the yard.
I don’t want to go back into the empty house. Two floors, eight rooms. The only sound is the TV which I had left on when I went out earlier in the day. Left on to give the illusion of occupancy.
It didn’t work on me now.
I don’t want to go into the garden. I was glad the rain meant I didn’t have to water the various beds that lined the fence. Flowers plants, weeds, grass all that persisted in growing, unknowing, uninterested in their planter but following the inner logic of nature.
Now early in August many of them were at their peak, bursting forth each day with new and seemingly bigger, brighter blossoms; as if hoping that the brightness of their petals would reflect into the darken house.
I could recall only a few months earlier digging the spongy soil to plant those alyssum. How much we enjoyed their gradual but sure covering of the whole length of the fence. White and blue merging into a blanket that threatened to cover the whole yard.
No, I didn’t want to go into the garden so full of surging life and promise. I knew I would have to soon, though. Plants don’t struggle with loneliness just with water.
No, I don’t want to go back into the house. The empty house. My mind was already wandering the deserted rooms, hovering over the sofa we meant to replace, the laundry I was unwilling to sort. Only mine needed to be washed now. Not … not …. his.
He wouldn’t be coming back to this house, to this garden, unless it was through me.
April 26, 2015 – Sunday – 2-5 – Featuring – The Secret Handshake Gallery – 170 Baldwin Ave., 2nd floor, Toronto. https://www.facebook.com/events/913761975313528/
May 7 – Thursday – 8 pm – Judging – Hot Damn! It’s A Queer Slam Season 1 finals – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – 12 Alexander St., Toronto –
June 5-7 – attending – Capturing Fire – Washington DC
(2015 registration posted but details not posted yet. I’ve registered already 🙂 )
June 21-26 – attending – Rosemary Aubert’s Workshop: The Novelist’s Selfie – Loyalist – Belleville https://www.facebook.com/events/965611026782246/
register now while there is room at the table
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June 27, Saturday – 7:00- Feature: Hot Summer Nights at Hirut, Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave., Toronto
September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo
October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Inner Child Sacrifice
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