Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dream Song 29

Well, let the youtube links begin. Sometimes I get excited because I realize that things I was jazzed about 7 or 8 years ago have a Whole New Life, thanks to the internet. Ok, mainly just thanks to youtube and wikipedia.Parenthetically, did you guys realize that the Wilco album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot came out seven years ago? It's pretty hard for me to fathom. I was working at a book/music store then and I remember it was originally supposed to have been released on September 11th of 2001 and got pushed back and when it did finally come out there some passages of lyrics that seemed eerily prescient at the time. A few days ago, I moved my passenger seat in my car back and found the cd wedged under the rear floor mat. I've been listening to it again for days. It holds up.

About the same time as the release of that album was also the height of my John Berryman love. The love continues to this day, but boy was I into him back then. I was trying to remember part of one of his poems a few minutes ago and found this clip of him reading one of my favorite of his Dream Songs. Prior to ten minutes ago, I had never heard one of my favorite poets speak, so this is pretty damn exciting for me! He is also clearly smashed -- BONUS!


  1. Oh, caveat: Yes, I understand the internet did exist seven years ago, there's just a whole lot more stuff out there now, is alls I'm sayin.

  2. "John Allyn Smith Sails", the last track from Okkervil River's The Stage Names, is about John Berryman.

    Also another album that holds up (of course it's only 3 years old)

  3. Thanks BG, I will look it up!

  4. Hey, most importantly, on July 31st 2009, you successfully embedded your first video.