Category Archives: Postcards fr. Gravelly Beach

spoken word literature from an international smattering of literary stalwarts from the Russians to the Beats – plus some of my original work, usually recorded somewhere lovely with music and a bevvie

Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52

From a Lougheed skyscraper comes an improvisational reading with guitars – first more ocean-inspired works from Tristan Corbière, Victor Hugo and Dave Olson into a freeform spoken word account of trip down the Pacific Coast highway to a haunted roadhouse with sequoias growing an inch a day.

Cheers to Bread and Av (aka Delfar 7) for exceptional musical gamemanship.

Roust yerself for Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52 (.mp3, 19:46, 16MB)

Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests

Appendix

Nods to Cosmo’s Spacely’s Sprockets (see also Clubside Breakfast Time)

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Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Starting at the Steamboat Island Woodshed, Dave rambles salty original freeverse with Wm. Lenker on banjo and traces personal poetic lineage winding through French impressionalist/symbolist and Brittany sea-coaster Tristan Corbière (prefaced by Victor Hugo).

Then – as sleet, slush and hail beats down on the Mosquito Creek studio skylight – rolls into the beat American 50s and 60s with John Sinclair‘s chronicle Brilliant Corners, Jack Kerouac riding trains from Atop an Underwood, and Gary Snyder arriving from sea from The Backcountry ~ fortified with jazz, joints and hot sake.

Hunker down for Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles

Appendix

Nods to Cosmo‘s Spacely’s Sprockets (see also Clubside Breakfast Time)

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Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50

An aural montage of past new years’ evenings featuring Dave O reading from Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” next to crackling cabin woodstove on Pender Island (note scratching dog and someone with a stuffy nose), followed by a latenight freeverse message to Napoleon, a languid tale recorded in a garage about a bewildering New Years Eve in Japan, and finally a poetic nugget of memory and hope for the future.

Enjoy a visit with the Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcards #50 (.mp3, 22:25, 18MB)

long boat on new year's day

More Pender island photos

Music:
Ohbijou, Steep
Okinawan folkmusic by unknown artist
Wm. Lenker of Steamboat Island – c/o Woodshed Music

Appendix:

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Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49

Wrapping up the White Poppies for Remembrance series with a narrative late-night wander through Westminster, London, DaveO meanders past military monuments, victory squares, cenotaphs, palaces, royal parks, war museum, war chambers, riot fences, war protesters, churches, parliament and finishing at St. James park for a sitdown under a weeping willow to consider monarchy, individual rights and responsibilities, and the role of class division in waging war as London’s sirens, trains, and Big Ben fill the night.

Care for a stroll? Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49 (.mp3, 34:19, 28MB)

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Thanks to:

Jerry Garcia Band (with John Kahn), acoustic, Oregon State Penitentiary, Lonesome Prison Blues, Salem OR 050582 via archive.org

New Riders of the Purple Sage w/ Robert Hunter, April 8, 2006, Venue: Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA
Source:
Schoeps MK4v > V3 > 744T @24/96
Lineage: 744T > Audobe Audition 16/44> CDwav > Flac16
Taped by: Pete Gilmore, Monkey Tunes
Transferred by: Dawne Sacchetti

Pete Stone – Golden Frontier via KEXP Song of the Day

Bonus: (links coming soon perhaps)

The Yuigers – repressed Muslim Chinese in Guatanamo

Moscow weather – winter 2006, winter 1812

Crimean War

More from London:

London Town Wander Night – Choogle on #46

Anarchy and Fungi in the UK – Choogle on #42

Joints on Brighton Beach – Choogle on #38

Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48

Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from Clay Mcleod’s essay Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent lieutenant Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful strangers in war torn lands. Plus he admonishes the Canadian Legion for blocking the sale of white poppies while banjo-ist Wm. Lenker sings from the woodshed and The Grateful Dead leave this Brokedown Palace … on my hands and my knees, I will roll roll roll …

Sit for a spell with Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48 (.mp3, 16:58, 13MB)

Thanks to:

Clay Mcleod, “Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy” from the TheTyee.ca, Nov. 9 2005

Grateful Dead, Brokedown Palace, Dec. 06 ’92, Tempe AZ, (Hunter/Garcia)

Wm. Lenker recorded in his Steamboat Island woodshed by Uncle Weed

Meganpru for album photo (this peacelovin’ woman rolls in the volksvegan)

Bread the producer for albumart design

Bonus:

Canadian Legion hassling the Peace Pledge Union folks about selling White Poppies

Be sure to order white poppies early (shipped across the Atlantic) and read the loquacious discourse on this most critical of topics. Make no mistake, the way to honour ultimate sacrifice is to ensure no such future bloodshed is required from man’s inability to get along. And we (all of us) have a right to respect the fallen in a manner which suits our conscience and not a method prescribed by the Legion or anyone else.

Here’s Peace Pledge’s quick overview:Cenotaph in Vancouver

Last year The Royal Canadian Legion through it legal representative demanded that Canadian groups stop distribution them and that the PPU stop making white poppies available in Canada, or else. That was the gist, though expressed in more formal language. According to the RCL’s legal representatives, the white poppy infringes the Legion’s poppy trademark. The PPU replied at length; our central point was that we disagreed with their argument. We have not heard from them since but the Canadian shop at the centre of this complaint regrettably had to acquiesce. You can read more about this at http://tinyurl.com/2mc7pq where you can also find out about the white poppy project and the PPU.

Following the legal threats both the promoters in Canada and Canadians who bought the poppy from us hoped that white poppies would again be available in Canada this year.

White poppies in any quantity are available from us for dispatch anywhere in the world including Canada.

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Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47

A story about Iraqi resistance fighters and their personal motivations by a young writer called Waiting in Baghdad is the crux of the next White Poppies for Remembrance episode – read from the homeporch with a Welsh mining lantern and firetrucks rolling past. Written by Chris K, a player on a dave-coached in-line hockey team in Olympia Washington in 2002.

Hunker down for Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47 (22:16, 21MB, .mp3)

waiting-in-baghdad
[bunker photo by Lt. Magnum, USN]

Music

Black Angels – First Vietnam War, Snipers at the gates of Heaven
Unknown (via Trauben)

Super Chiefs

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(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire.

Later, he wanders and reads Walt Whitman [When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d] and Gord Downie [from Coke Machine Glow] to bring it ’round home for this part #7 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series.

Cross the street for (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (18:47, 26MB, .mp3)

Postcards from Gravelly Beach White Poppies for Remembrance #7

Music by:

Drive-by Truckers “World of Hurt” via KEXP

Beethoven Sonata #14

Unnamed spacey something by Merlin (and/or Jahwah) via HempenRoad soundtrack

realism in the downtown eastside (by trigger)
Sketching the Chaos of the Downtown Eastside (trigger)

discussing the conditions
discussing the conditions (trigger)

downtown eastside discourse with trigger
downtown eastside discourse with trigger

dominion building from bus stop
Dominion Building behind Victory Park and Cenotaph, New Amsterdam to left

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Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45

Part 6 of the “White Poppies for Remembrance” series considers the opportunity cost of the lost human potential while at the Victory cenotaph in downtown Vancouver – along the way, troubadours sing about Providence, Joyful(ness) along with spontaneous percussion-scapes and city bus brakes.

DaveO examines the value of life with Gord Downie‘s swift deconstructions of existence from Coke Machine Glow, Henry David Thoreau‘s visionary stories of perseverance and the value of the mindfulness from Walden and a personal declaration of sovereignty and dignity from original Letters from Russia read in hospital to ole gramps.

Come along for “Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45” (17:51, .mp3, 25MB)

Awakening to the Dawn of Potential - Postcards #45

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Tune-age by:

Chris Jacobsen, “Providence” from “Houseboat” 1995 Spilt Milk Records (cassette)

Note: Chris is a quick-laughing, semi-salty, ukulele-playing, sea captain in knew in Guam in the 90’s – last heard from in Long Beach, WA or somewhere in Rhode Island – i should have a photo around here somewhere … Message to Chris: I hope to have a brew with you soon! Send a postcard.

Rock Plaza Central, “My Children, Be Joyful” from “are we not horses” Outside Music in Canada and Yep Roc Records in the States — rockplazacentral.com also features singer Chris Eaton’s Novels

See Also: KEXP Suggests Rock Plaza Central (MP3)
Note: Hear Rock Plaza Central songs or order a copy online at their Myspace HQ Rock Plaza Central
Note: they seem like nice enough lads – look for them in your town

Plus:
“New Shed Percussion Scape” by Dave Olson and Miss Sena of Steamboat Island, recorded April 2007

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Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44

Part 5 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series continues with Dave at Victory Park, this time reading the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by General Assembly Dec. 10th 1948) with riffs on tolerance, human relations, common understanding and mutual respect, including a healthy sampling of articles on brotherhood, privacy, special treatment for mothers plus a commentary about refugee status and the illegal nature of torture and humiliating treatment.

Then brings it ’round home with a snippet from H.D. Thoreau’s Walden about sovereign man being the origin of the political state while accompanied by lively jazz (via bootleg cassette) featuring Joe Williamson and cohorts in Banff from way back playing about Peace to the Children of our Universe and Common Market offering up replinishing Refresh (ment) live on KEXP.

Listen to Righteous Declarations for Humans (.mp3, 13:24, 15MB)


Postcards from Gravelly Beach poetry podcast #44

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Bonus: Snapshots of Joe Williamson

by Baggage Reclaim

by en_ns

Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43

Finding Victory Park cenotaph in post-ceremony calm, Dave settles onto a bench for lost sailors with some bagpipers to chat about John Macrae’s “Flander’s Field” poem and mull the tension between remembering noble effort and embracing jingoistic behaviour. This conundrum is evident in snippets of an essay by Stephen Osborne – The Poem and the Poppy – which relates the amazing grace of drinking gin with Gramps who was there – ‘in the void.’

Download Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43 (.mp3, 16:14, 19MB)

Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph - Postcard #43

Props to these peeps:

John McCrae surgeon/poet “In Flander’s Field
Bonus: Flanders Field (Belgium) museumAudio book from LibrivoxMcCrae works at Project Gutenburg

Stephen OsborneThe Poem and the Poppy” in The Tyee.ca
Stephen is also editor-in-chief of Geist magazine


Flanders Fields, First World War (tyee)

Ani DiFrancoAmazing Grace” (trad.) – from Dilante on Righteous Babe Records

Bagpipes and drummers recorded by Dave O in Vancouver, BC 2007 at Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

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