Bonnie Riatt said the blues are built with "Juice and Pain". Eric Clapton said that he felt like a 'blueswannabe' and woke up one day and knew that he had made it to becoming a sage 'bluesman'.
At what point does one have to go to the crossroads to sell your soul to understand what the blues is about.
I've been there - to that crossroads. And I came back a lot sadder and a little wiser. No playing the 'anti-heroines' of Tennessee Wilson is not studied, just inately understood.
My son walks around singing "Redemption Song" to his little baby girl. You know, that's not altogether inappropriate for her to hear.
I think of Billy Stayhorn writing "Blood Count' while laying in a hospital bed and watching the IV line come down with someone else's blood that was healthier than his - I've been there recently and I counted that blood as well a felt it start to heal my own wounds.
I'm going to let Little Edie tell you herself...
They say the gypsies are wonderful!
It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It's awfully difficult.
But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there's anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman... S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling you. They don't weaken, no matter what.
We've had 300 cats altogether. Now we have twelve. It's true about old maids, they don't need men if they have cats.
Raccoons and cats become a little bit boring," sighs Edie Beale towards the end of Grey Gardens. "I mean for too long a time."
I suppose a lot of us have been waiting to see HBO's GREY GARDEN'S. Frankly I was disappointed after watching the documentary and seeing the wonderful musical on Broadway and falling in love with the Beale women and their hideous house, the zillion cats, the raccoons and their singing and Little Eddie's erratic dancing 'just for her own pleasure'.
The fashions were incredible. Little Eddie and her towels over her head clasped by Cartier brooches...she sat the paradigm for unique and individual using 'found items'
I would have even put on the flea collar around my ankle should I have had the privilege of visiting Grey Gardens.
Seriously the love story between this Mother and Daughter transcends logic and reason and defines the ethereal.
Here's some pictures from 'their book'.
For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo-Fanques Fair, what a scene (Have you seen it? It's great, they got stuff.)
Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!
The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring don't be late
Messrs. K and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!
The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersets he'll undertake on solid ground
'ving been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill.
(It's me. In the thing.)
I love you so much, BillyPeanuts - I will see you again in heaven. You were the best of friends and the best of men.
I met Pam in Paris. We both are redheads and had been mistaken for each other. I was there as an exchange student studying ballet - she was living with Jim.
Can you imagine waiting around for the hygenically challenged Charlie Manson to get out of jail. Maybe someone should clue her in - HE'S NOT GETTING OUT - SQUEAKSTER!
• Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?
No one has to repeat her story for she is an icon and the Janus face of the 20's.
I love what she said about Hemingway "No one is THAT male"
Zelda wasn't always 'crazy' she was witty, unique, sexy, talented and a great muse.
She wanted most of all to be a dancer. A Prima - but...
Zelda didn't start ballet until she was in her early 20's. Any ballerina can tell you it is a lost cause if you don't start as a young child and learn the discipline of pain and practice. And Primas begin when they start to walk.
So much pain you can sometimes see blood on the cotton in your toe shoes - and for what? For the glimpse of heaven that sometimes comes so unexpectedly.
It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled "the past," and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.
- Singing the Blues...
- The wonderful lives of Little Edie and Big Edie Bo...
- I suppose a lot of us have been waitin...
- Billy Preston, the original Mr. Kite in Sgt. Peppe...
- The redheaded beauty of Pam Courson
- Bizarre Photos of a Redheaded Wing-nut!
- Odd and rare pictures regarding the Sharon Tate ca...
- Great Gatsby! My love affair with Scott Fitzgerald...
- I was sooooo envious - "The Beatle Women"
- Yancy grows up!
- Great Goddess of Hip
- Abiigail's Rabbit
- "The Charmed Life" Sara and Gerald Murphy
- Jay loves Sharon 'to death'
- 1969 - Everything is "Hip"
- Sharon and friends
- Odd the things we remember, strange the things we ...
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