Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward

Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
"even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night."
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.

Live not for battles won.

Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.

-Gwendolyn Brooks
(she once said, "I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker." Wordemup.)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

"I'm Low-Key Like Seashells, I Rock These Bells"

from Pitchfork:
Attention, San Diego, L.A., and San Fran: the head to the Wu-Tang's Voltron body, GZA, is coming to your city to perform 1995's classic Liquid Swords in its entirety.
This trio of Cali dates finds the Genius swinging Swords and cutting clowns much as he did last year at the Pitchfork Music Festival, in London, and a couple times in New York. Bodies will drop, heartbeats will stop, and rhyme thoughts will travel at tremendous speed as the GZA tackles the 1995 classic in full. Come to think of it, that line about "natural blends of weed" will probably apply to the proceedings as well.

GZA (performing Liquid Swords):

03-28 San Diego, CA - Canes
03-29 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
03-31 San Francisco, CA – Independent