Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bird Call Dance Hall....

This evening I'd like to post Ed Schelb's graphic poem "Bird Call Dance Hall,"  one of his Dogbelly poems and, as Ed notes, "a piece on nature poetry and mysticism—more savage than Clark’s music, though not his life, I think."  Enjoy the union of words and images!  This is a relatively long entry, but I realized that I wanted to present this poem as a whole.

At some point, I'd like to include a link to a video of Ed reading this poem with musical accompaniment, but in the meantime here are a few videos for you to listen to:

I am actually going to start with some songs by the Jayhawks, a group that Ed believes has "stolen Clark's sound."

Here is their "I'd Run Away":

"Miss Williams' Guitar" is also worth including:

With the Beat imagery in Ed's poem and the 90s videos, I have to include 10,000 Maniacs' "Hey, Jack Kerouac":

Let's finish off with a few of Gene Clark's own songs:

"Life's Greatest Fool" is from No Other:

This version of "Silver Raven" is from a gig in 1985:

I also want to include "Out on the Side" from the Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark:


  1. Wild, wild, wild...I love it...maybe because I spent some time in Texas.

  2. Thank you, Joan! I've passed on your comment to Ed. BTW, one of the spring contests will be swing....which, of course, includes Texas swing!!