I have been eagerly anticipating Nic Sebastian’s reading of my poem ‘On Seeing My Father Kill A Goat’, and when I got the news that it was posted yesterday, I rushed straight over and listened and listened and listened… Nic’s voice captures the ghostly feeling of the poem and pulled me in to the unfolding narrative all over again. The tenderness of her voice, magnifying the nervous footsteps I had taken all those years ago and the seemingly serene surrounds. It is a beautiful reading of the poem and so I urge you all to go to Whale Sound and hear it for yourself.
And in other sound related news… my week of music has been a rush. The Church on Saturday and then The Lemonheads on Tuesday night playing their classic 1992 album, It’s a Shame About Ray. Evan Dando and co. were red hot. From the moment Dando picked up his SG, there was no holding them. Following Ray (sans Mrs Robinson, for which I was thankful) there was a killer greatest hits set, including Great Big No, Hospital, If I Could Talk, Big Gay Heart, Style and a stack of others. There was no encore, but there didn’t need to be. The set was tight, complete, dazzling. Here’s a reminder of The Lemonhead’s brilliance:
And last night, I bought tickets to The Besnard Lakes. 2011 is already shaping up to be an incredible year of music starting with The National in January, Swervedriver in February and now The Besnard Lakes in March. If you have not discovered the sonic elegance of The Besnard Lakes here’s a track from their latest long player, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night: