Welcome to this tiny corner of cyberspace well outside the orbits of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever else is out there beyond my ken. Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the group, The Pariahs, or its leader, Johnny Pariah.
Some years back on the radio, I listened to the resident composer for the Chicago Symphony give an elaborate explanation for his piece of music that was about to premiere, including the positioning of the musicians. Intrigued, I stayed tuned for the inaugural performance. And the dissonant drek in the speaker had me switching to rock within minutes--all intellect, no heart or soul, at least to my ears.
Therefore, though there is a particular aesthetic vision behind my work, I encourage you to sample it before going any further down the rabbit hole cz if you don't like the songs, whatever I say about them, or myself for that matter is, well, blather.
This site is devoted not simply to my work but to art in general, especially songs and poems. some of them famous, others unknown. In the words of John Lennon, "whatever gets you through the night."
"I had to write what I wanted to sing." - Bob Dylan
"If there is a book you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison
"Enough said." J. B This is where my songs reside.
And my family tree.
DESCRIPTION: Born in Land of a 10,000 lakes, now alive and well in City of Big Shoulders, where by day I've taught college writing and literature for many a year while devoting off hours to crafting songs rooted in literary poetics and works. Well, mostly anyway.
MODUS OPERANDI: Guitar, harmonica, some keyboards and bass. Solo or with accomplices now and then. Credo: The truth told slant, sound echoes sense, every word counts (except when it doesn't)... And all songs begin in what Yeats' described as the "rag and bone shop of the heart,"
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Hard-scrabble folk/rock tradition of Guthrie, Dylan, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Doors, Lou Reed, Springsteen, Patti Smith, Costello, & Tom Waits + touches of Celtic, blues, cabaret, and classical.
LITERARY INFLUENCES: From Shakespeare, Shelley, Keats, & Dickinson to T..S. Eliot, Yeats, Joyce, ee cummings, Richard Wilbur, J.D. Salinger, Flannery O'Connor, and assorted other classic and contemporary writers and poets.
WHEREABOUTS: Last seen at Lincoln Square but has played at No Exit, Chopin Theater, Heartland Cafe, The Bean Counter, Lunar Cabaret, and other venues, most commonly backyard gazebo as weather permits.