Sunday, July 28, 2013

HERE COME THE HOLIDAYS!!!

GETTING READY FOR THE LAKES...

Hello beasties...

This week's post is going to be a little shorter than usual because I'm off up to The Lakes tomorrow. It's the second summer in a row that I have spent a week up there, although I must have stayed near Keswick a good half dozen times over the years... I hope to be taking lots of photos, doing a little writing - not to mention filming a new episode; which may or may not end up as the 2013 Halloween Special. My only issue about that is whether I have enough Halloween-themed poems. We shall see!

Anyway, next week's post will go up once I get back - late next week and will,  most probably, be a diary of what I get up to and where I go during my visit - not to mention a few photos!

Anyway, talking of photos, here are a few more from The Shetlands trip...

A SHETLANDS GALLERY...

These were taken between Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th June 2013...




This episode will be edited eventually, but for now I'm still working, in slow time, on the next video - but as our profile hits have dropped a little I'm presuming that I've flooded the market a bit and I'll let people catch up with the newer episodes before posting any more; probably in the autumn.

So next week it's the lakes - I'm going there with two mystery guests who may or may not want to get involved! We shall see and I'll tell you more about them (maybe!) and the trip (definitely!) in a week or so Before I go I'll leave with a poem called DON'T CHANGE from my next 10th anniversary re-issue of THE AUTUMNAL E.P., which is due out in September 2013 in time for our next Poetry Cafe gig. I hope you enjoy it! That's it for now!!

More soon!

Yeti hugs,

Paul xx



DON’T CHANGE

Don’t change!
You don’t need to swap…
No need for the botox –
Or that unpleasant op!
You really should stay…
Hate that you might be gone!
Caught on the hop when –
You’ve got nothing on!
No need to refurbish –
A quick nip nor tuck…
Coz, that sort of thing –
Always leads to a ruck!
 
Don’t change!
Don’t go zooming away!
You are better off here –
Despite all that folk say!
Yes, your love of the grape –
May well make you fall down!
Or sleep walk into work –
In an old dressing gown!
Your bad habits are awful!
Still we find them endearing…
We refuse to believe –
Any gossip we’re hearing!

Don’t change!
Don’t try turning that leaf…
You are great as you are –
You are top – you’re the chief!
Your mad lunatic schemes –
Drive us right up the wall!
Entertaining and better –
Than no plan at all!
No quick turn-a-bouts!
No need to progress –
Set out there in stone…
Pride of place, I would guess!

Don’t change!
Won’t you stay JUST the same?
Alterations aren’t needed –
Only ending in blame!
You’re a beautiful mess…
Love however you are!
At the top of your game –
Or squashed flat by a car!
Don’t chip away at the stone –
‘Til there’s nothing there left…
Cos, we'd know if you changed...
And then we'd be quite bereft!!
 

DON'T CHANGE is from the 10th anniversary re-issue of THE AUTUMNAL E.P., due out from www.lulu.com in September. This post is Copyright Paul Chandler 2013.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SHY YETI - AND JOHN SMALLSHAW...

BACK AT THE POETRY CAFE!!

Hello beasties!!

Well, this week our main focus is going to be last Friday's Poetry Cafe show... This time I performed a mix of new pieces, poems from the 10th anniversary edition of GO 4TH AND DIVIDE and one or two other favourites. Thanks to all who came along on the night, despite the very hot weather. Audience members included: John Smallshaw and friend, Nick G, Glyn G, Dan H, Baz D, Toby W, Gibson G, Miles B, Stefano, Harry F and Jason - not to mention a couple of stray ladies and a gentleman who popped in to listen during the second half.

Anyway... This is, more precisely, what went on!?!

SHY YETI AT THE POETRY CAFE

GO 4TH AND DIVIDE...
(10th Anniversary)
Poetry Cafe, London, Friday 19/07/2013

All poems marked * were recorded
FIRST HALF

EXIT PURSUED BY A YETI *
HOPELESS ROMANTIC *
THE KING OF RHYME *
HOW CAN WE BE WRONG? *
LAS VEGAS LIPS *
A LEARNING EXPERIENCE *
GERIATRIC MERMAID *

JOHN SMALLSHAW

PIGEON-HOLED (Dan)
NIGEL THE LONELY STAG (Miles)
ONE HUNDRED 2ND CHANCES (Harry)
CONVERSATIONS OVERHEARD (Nick)
ONION MAN
RUNNING ON EMPTY
POLITELY ENRAGED
MY DEAD DAD
THE TRUE LIGHT

SECOND HALF

DISCO YETI *
SCABBY DONKEY *
CHECK UP, CHECK OUT *
HANGING OUT IN GRAVEYARDS... *
LEAVES ON THE LINE *
DO YOU WANT TO SPEND... *


JOHN SMALLSHAW

THE CAFFEINE QUEEN
JOHN I'M ONLY RHYMING
WOULD YOU DENY US? (John) *
ROSY-TINTED LIFE (Baz) *
MY LAST LOVE... (Toby) *
ROCKPOOLS (Gibson) *
WE WERE GOING TO BE WED... *
ALTERNATIVE ROCK... *
I WILL EAT PIES * (some)

 
IN MORE DETAIL...
 
GO 4TH AND DIVIDE...
(10th Anniversary)
POETRY CAFE SHOW -
Friday 19/07/2013


FIRST HALF

EXIT PURSUED BY A YETI


The first poem of the evening was an old piece, not only is it a yeti-themed verse, but it's one from GO 4TH AND DIVIDE, which is the book that we were celebrating on the night. It's also one that I recorded last year for one of my as-yet-unedited Lake District episodes. Coming soon!! I promise!!

HOPELESS ROMANTIC
THE KING OF RHYME
HOW CAN WE BE WRONG?
LAS VEGAS LIPS
A LEARNING EXPERIENCE


The next five pieces are old favourites - as I knew there were people in the audience who wouldn't have heard them. Along with EXIT PURSUED they were compiled into my 2009 collection, SHY YETI RULES OK - although they all originally appeared in separate collections. I've not read any of them live in a while, but they're always fun to perform. A LEARNING EXPERIENCE (2001) is one that I used to perform at most of my shows and was the poem I selected to be turned into posters for my Cobalt Cafe appearance in LA back in August 2011: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/080211.pdf  I've not performed it much recently, so it's nice to give it an airing for 2013.

GERIATRIC MERMAID

This was the newest piece of the evening, in fact it was only completed two days before it was performed. It's always nice to have some new poems to perform and this one was inspired by a silly conversation that I had with Toby whilst picnicking up in Richmond on Saturday 13th July 2013.
JOHN SMALLSHAW

PIGEON-HOLED
NIGEL THE LONELY STAG
ONE HUNDRED 2ND CHANCES
CONVERSATIONS OVERHEARD


After John's reading I moved onto GO 4TH... but rather than choose my own favourites I put the titles into a hat and had audience members randomly select them. This half, in the order they were picked, I have Dan, Miles, Harry and Nick to thank for what I read and they made for an interesting selection as they weren't necessarily ones would have been my first choice or which I regularly read live. They were also a nice mix of poetry and prose pieces.


ONION MAN
RUNNING ON EMPTY


These next two poems are both new and unpublished. ONION MAN was probably about a week old when I received its debut here. It's almost a song lyric warning about an untrustworthy fellow who hides his true personality beneath his "layers". RUNNING ON EMPTY was written back in June whilst I was in hospital and draws together a lot of what I had been feeling whilst I was on the ward.

POLITELY ENRAGED
MY DEAD DAD
THE TRUE LIGHT


The final three poems of this half were published in my SHY YETI RULES OK volume from 2009. POLITELY ENRAGED is full of old-fashioned sounding curse words, whilst MY DEAD DAD is not autobiographical - but it is one of my favourites and concerns a rather troublesome zombie family. It's a bit grim, mind! THE TRUE LIGHT is another of my most frequently performed poems. It is the one, back in 2001, that got me started again with writing verse. This is its first airing for 2013.

SECOND HALF

DISCO YETI

Another yeti poem to start the second half and one that I've performed quite a lot over the years. It's also included in 2009's SHY YETI RULES OK compilation.

SCABBY DONKEY
CHECK UP, CHECK OUT
HANGING OUT IN GRAVEYARDS...


These three pieces are all quite new and won't appear in any collections until at least 2014. The first poem was inspired by a northern English expression that I heard on Coronation Street and then later asked Toby about. It ended up as a piece about not being fussy about your food, not to mention that it has a bit of a tongue-in-cheek political rant along the way. CHECK UP, CHECK OUT is a short story about a doctor and one of his patients, written on the District Line one afternoon in early July 2013. HANGING OUT IN GRAVEYARDS WITH MY SWEETHEART was inspired by a walking in Brompton Cemetery with a friend during early summer 2013; it's not the first time this location has inspired my writing either.

LEAVES ON THE LINE

This is an old piece that I revisited whilst working on the 10th anniversary edition of LOVESONGS FOR THE BITTER AND TWISTED (2004). It muses over what would happen if a theme park had the same problems in running the service as often occurs with running the trains in the UK.

DO YOU WANT TO SPEND...

This poem is another quite new one that is not yet published and in some ways is a bit of an update on the sort of cynical romantic poems that I wrote a lot in the early to mid 00s.

JOHN SMALLSHAW

THE CAFFEINE QUEEN
JOHN I'M ONLY RHYMING


John read next and once he was finished I performed a couple of poems from my SHY YETI STILL RULES OK compilation from 2012. They're both favourites of mine and JOHN... was written to John S himself, so I like to read it in his presence, now and again. It's all about being proud to write poems in whichever style you choose and it's one that went down well at the Broadstairs Folk Festival last year.

WOULD YOU DENY US?
ROSY-TINTED LIFE
MY LAST LOVE...
ROCKPOOLS


The next four poems were selected (in order of picking) by John, Baz, Toby and Gibson and are all from GO 4TH AND DIVIDE. The first of the four I've not peformed live before, but the others I've read on occasion. Again, it was a nice mix of prose and verse and not necessarily my own first choices - which made it more nerve-wracking and also more fun to perform.

WE WERE GOING TO BE WED...
ALTERNATIVE ROCK...
I WILL EAT PIES


The final poems came from 2012's SHY YETI STILL RULES OK. WE WERE GOING TO BE WED (WHEN WE BOTH HIT 40) I read partly because it's my 40th in November and partly because I love reading it, especially the way the final verse gallops to its conclusion. The second piece is one of my favourite prose pieces of the last few years; it's a deliberately very silly piece. I WILL EAT PIES is a poem with connections to a famous 70s tune that I often read at the end of my shows, although I haven't done so lately.
 
I didn't prepare a "cover version" piece this time, having forgotten to read the one that I did prepare at my last show. There were a handful of poems that I did prepare for the night but which I didn't read and these were: THE GIN GOBLINS, GRANNY ATE MY AFTER-BIRTH, PEACE OF MIND IN A TEA-BAG and WE AIN'T GOT TIME...
 
Other than some filming I did myself we didn't have a cameraman on the night - instead I used a book shelf as a tripod and managed to record over half of the evening's poems. It was just to hot to expect anyone from the audience to film. It all came out rather well anyway! Thanks again to everyone who came along; over £30 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support during the evening.
 
Next week I'll be posting on Monday - just before heading off to the Lakes for a week. Expect more photos from the Shetlands trip and maybe a new poem next week and then a post about the 2013 Lakes trip later the following week once I'm back.

More soon...

Yeti hugs,

Paul xxx

PS There will be more photos from the night once I return from The Lakes.


Thanks to John Smallshaw for the use of all photos of his performance. All other photos and content of this post are Copyright Paul Chandler 2013.