Monday, December 29, 2003


This isn't really music writing per se, but I was (again) scouring the boards and came upon this amazing letter to no one/everyone by my man Alien Iverson (aka DJ Cosmo Baker) and I was so taken with it, I just had to share it. Feel this:

    :::GETTIN IN GONE:::

    and so here i am just sitting at a desk that belonged to my dead grandfather, who i did not know at all, and i am trying my best to recover from the last nights festivities. the hooverholler aka the challatronix aka what my mein meng tripledouble likes to call hooked-on-phonix was crunk. i drank too many beers, danced with too many women, threw too many bows, and today i pay the cost.

    im thinking about all that i have seen and suffered for these past days. im tasting this. im thinking of time ive lost, of people that i have lost. i know that i will lose much more of both in my life. i am powerless.

    im thinking about my mother. she is one of the most amazing people i have ever know, both vailant and frail. im sitting here, thinking of her, looking at what she gave me as a gift. this was most potent of "digs" that i could have ever axxed for.

    the 38 years never too late cause this is right now dig.

    all original posters - perfect condition

    *big brother & the holding company/bo diddly & bukka white - avalon ballroom 1967
    *jefferson airplane/mother earth/flamin groovies - filmore west 1967
    *the who/cannonball adderly/the vagrants - winterland/filmore west 1968
    *ten years after/sun ra/country weather - filmore west 1968
    *grateful dead/pentagle/sir douglas quintet - filmore west 1968
    *grateful dead/blood sweat & tears/spirit - filmore west 1969

    man, these shows. some of these lineups were sick. also, the art. its amazing - lee conklin, wes wilson, greg irons, stanley mouse - these dudes illustrated a generation.
    and thats whats up, because these posters are a peek at this time which is gone. much like the records that we all look for do. maybe thats what it is about our quest for records. maybe in looking for these grooves were actually looking to find a feeling, a feeling of what we might have seen as a simpler time, a time where we didnt have these worries, we think about that time that we didnt have and experiences that we never saw and the childhood that we want to grasp again, hold on to and define ourselves forever.

    included with the posters were copies of photos, unseen photos of my parents.
    my dead father, he has my face. he is filled with light. he is 18 years old in this photo. my mother is 17. they thought they had their entire life in front of them. they are filled with so much love that it makes me shiver inside. it is beautiful. i am filled with so much love that i think i might burst. i really dont have any idea of what is going to happen to me.

    i have to go now. thanks.