Reminder: magical words this weekend in ol’ Saint Louie

No retreat, no surrender:

Friday, August 26 at 6:30 PM – 10 PM
Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave,
St Louis, MO 63112-1304
https://www.facebook.com/events/1720614808193084/

Saturday, August 27 at 6 PM – 11:59 PM
Paul Artspace
14516 Sinks Rd.
Florissant, Missouri 63034
https://www.facebook.com/events/1180847458641761/

Sunday, August 28 at 1 PM – 3 PM
William Burroughs’ Grave
Bellefontaine Cemetery
4947 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis 63115
https://www.facebook.com/events/126799194431455/

Ain’t no shelves built to stop THIS dancin’ machine.

Reminder: magical words this weekend in ol’ Saint Louie

Alec Baldwin at the Open Mic

And, god, he’s killing it.
He’s on fire, a mile a minute,
     spitting truths, holding nothing back,
screaming into the microphone
his head at one point whipping back and forth so fast the features on his face form blurred lines of varied thicknesses.

This is what it’s about, what it’s all about, this realness, this heat.

Scanning the room, expecting to see Kim Basinger,
     but no,
          there, huddled into a corner,
               trapped between the stage lights and the bar,
                    sipping a Moscow Mule from a copper cup,
                         glasses obscuring laser-twinkle eyes,
                              sits Liz Lemon, nodding and smiling,
                                   watching with wonder this explosion of sight and sound.

What is she doing here?
     Why is she doing here?
          How is she doing here?

Liz Lemon is a fictional character
     and Alec Baldwin is a real man,
          a real actor,
               a real person
                    in this real world.

Though, it’s understood that perhaps

          Alec Baldwin at the open mic
          is nothing but a real dream
          shown inside a real brain
          sometime during the last real night.

Alec Baldwin at the Open Mic

Listen of the Week: Tobacco

Sweatbox Dynasty, by Tobacco

As in most instances of the Tobacco bug, the reassembled MP3s generate and dissolve quickly, usually within three minutes. And while the revved motors and displaced robot pop satisfy your expectations, you find the virus progressing too quickly for you to evaluate its efficiency. A blue bar at the bottom tracks the virus’s progress to completion; you’re quite alarmed to see this already halfway full, as if someone twisted the fabrics of time in your ears. So far, the only track to leave any impression has been the fourth, a sultry chugging MP3 that seems to sweat from virtual lust.

http://drownedinsound.com/releases/19561/reviews/4150308

Listen of the Week: Tobacco

Friday Lyrics Mash: I Don’t Wanna Wait; I Wanna Rock!

I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)
          and say a little prayer for right
I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)
          and see the peace in every eye…
          
I’VE WAITED FOR SO LONG SO I COULD HEAR MY FAVORITE SONG SO,
          the years pass by and now he has granddaughters
          i want to know right now, what will it be?
          
I WANT TO ROCK (ROCK)
GO! GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!
LET’S GO!
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

          he showed up all wet on the rainy front step
          doo doo doo doo do doo do
I WANT TO ROCK (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

I WANNA ROCK
          and say a little prayer for right
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)

          you know that if we are to stay alive,
WELL ALL I GOT TO SAY TO YOU IS TIME AND TIME AGAIN I SAY, “NO!”
I SAY, “NO!”
NO! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
          doo doo doo dooo oooh do dooo doo
          doo doo doo do dooo do do

          i want to be here now
I WANT TO ROCK (ROCK)
TELL ME NOT TO PLAY
          you look at me from across the room
I WANNA ROCK
TURN THE POWER UP
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

          all we have is this very moment
          when she thought it was god calling her
          so breathe a little more deeply my love
          i don’t want to wait for our lives to be over,
I WANT TO ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
          do do doo doo doo doo dooo doo ooh
          doo doo doo dooo do doooo oooh
          
          so open up your morning light,
ROCK (ROCK)
          you’re wearing your anguish again
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

          believe me I know the feeling
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

WHEN IT’S LIKE THIS I FEEL THE MUSIC SHOOTIN’ THROUGH ME
THAT MAKES ME GO!
          i don’t want to wait for our lives to be over,
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
          then see the peace in every eye…
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)
NO! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
I WANNA ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
THERE’S ONLY ONE THING I CAN SAY TO YOU
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
THERE’S NOTHIN’ ELSE THAT I WOULD RATHER DO
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)
          it’s so hard to be gentle and warm
ROCK (ROCK)
I WANT TO ROCK (ROCK)
ROCK (ROCK)
GO! GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!
ROCK (ROCK)
I WANNA ROCK! (ROCK)

          doo doo oooh doo ooh do do ooh

Friday Lyrics Mash: I Don’t Wanna Wait; I Wanna Rock!

That’s Just the Content of Your Zazen | Hardcore Zen

[W]e keep up this constant vigil and strive to carry on re-creating and re-defining a “self” and making sure this “self” is “good” according to whatever standard of “good” we have learned. Or we fret endlessly over the parts of this “self” that don’t fit that definition of “good.” We waste a lot of energy on that.It’s this “self” that we have created that wants tranquility or peace or enlightenment or to be free from anger or whatever. But it can’t have those things. Because it wants to have them, to possess them, and that stuff can’t be possessed. Nothing the self thinks it has, thinks it possesses, including anger, fear, doubt, whatever it wants to be free from, none of those things can be possessed either. They all come and go. Even your anger isn’t really yours. So freedom from anger can’t be yours either. It’s just a losing strategy from the start. There’s no point in trying to make any of that happen.

Source: That’s Just the Content of Your Zazen | Hardcore Zen

That’s Just the Content of Your Zazen | Hardcore Zen