Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday audio: Corner for You

Yesterday was the nineteenth anniversary of me coming to live with Kelley in this country. You've already heard the sappy song I wrote and sang for her while we were apart, so I won't put that one up again. But for those who like that sort of thing, here's another song about lurve, "Corner for You."

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The song, brief as it is (4:44), has a convoluted history. (What doesn't?) I wrote the lyrics as a poem when I was 17, madly in love with my first girlfriend, Una, and aware, dimly, that I was losing her. I wrote about this in And Now We Are Going to Have a Party. That story is one of two readings from the memoir that I have on video. Here it is:

(Video by David Wulzen. For the other video, see this post.)

Then, in 1982, when I was 21, the band I was in, Janes Plane, turned the poem into a song. I have a live recording of that on a battered old cassette tape. I keep meaning to transfer it to digital, but everytime I remember, I can't find the old boombox to play the tape. I'll get to it at some point. (And, oh, you'll be sorry. It was a terrible performance by the band. I was sick as a dog--I literally had to keep leaving the stage to throw up--and the drummer's kit kept breaking and the guitarist's tuning pegs losing their integrity.) For now, though, what I have is another version recorded on an old boombox (not the same one that's in my loft--no, the English one was even more primitive) by me and the guitarist, Jane, when I was 22 or 23.

"Corner for You" is a hopelessly melodramatic and angsty teen soon about love and loss and I like it anyway.

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