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Green Voodoo 2002 Catfish 2004 Little Bear

March 10, 2017

 

                  Original source image Sun Dial at Ardchattan Glen Etive Scotland Photograph by Terry Clarke

 

Sleevenotes for Green Voodoo

 

“Romanticism is the innermost essence of music - what is romantic is imperishable”

John Barry quoting Sibelius.

 

 

Dreams and conversations,

Glimpses of the future and the draughts of the past,

The harbour at Oban and the shores of Loch Etive,

Connell Bridge through a wide-angle lens in the west highlands of Scotland,

Amy with a handful of pink crab shells,

Joey learning to fish,

Johnny Cash’s ‘Forty Shades of Green’,

Shoal Creek in Austin,

Jameson’s from the duty free to drink a toast with

Merel Bregante and Stefano Intelisano,

The green of Illinois & Sligo,

The kids who steal beer just outside Cairo on a Friday night,

‘The Greek’ & Randy who saw the Everly Brothers when they were still teenagers and like John know all about ‘cavorting down in Davenport’,

The fairground in Tramore,

Communion dresses for sale next to the grocery shop,

The steel sculptures of Harland & Wolff that look like the sound of John Coltrane,

Henry McCullough’s cherry red Gibson …

 ‘Danny Boy’; listening to Jackie Wilson’s version in the wilds of Kerry…

Don Walser’s heartbreaking western/jazz rendition in Austin …

Conway Twitty’s rockabilly wailing of it in my childhood,

My mother singing Ruby Murray in the kitchen, 

A world where ‘Moon River’ is the soundtrack, 

Rosie Flores’ powder blue & vanilla Epiphone Casino,

Wanda Jackson’s birthday cake,

Gruene Hall with Jesse Taylor and Merle Haggard,

James McDade’s Donegal,

Champ Hood’s blue moon, the harmonies that he never got to

Play and sing on  ‘Cotton Town’ & ‘Wild Honey Blues’ – the harmonies

I’ll always hear,

A map of ancient Hibernia in a thrift shop in Baton Rouge,

‘Cajun popcorn’, 

Springtime in west Cork,

Walking through Dublin thinking of Angelica Huston, 

Visitations of Maureen,

The Sinatra gait on the Saturday morning streets of Hoboken,

Thinking of Patrick & Irene on a perfect autumn afternoon,

Beautiful Manhattan …

 

Ladies and gentlemen I give you ‘Green Voodoo’

 

“Romance is an intense relationship with reality”

Wynton Marsalis

‘Sweet Swing Blues On The Road’

Thunder’s Mouth Press 

New York 1994 

 

Terry Clarke Reading Berkshire 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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