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Friday, October 25, 2013

For Marian's challenge at the Imaginary Garden.

Wikipedia photos
a woman, her man,
their son, their band...
on the air in Texas
on the road with Elmore L...

Today at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, my friend Marian has asked us to write a poem based on the music of Barbara Keith and her band Stone Coyotes.
As this band is most popular with people in Texas, and because I haven't really visited Texas since 1979, I am not familiar with their music.
I am, however, most impressed with the story of this three-piece family group because the band, but especially Barbara, were the inspiration for a book by the late novelist Elmore Leonard (1925-2013). The book, Be Cool, was made into a motion picture in 2005, when the author was 80 years old.
The Stone Coyotes were playing at the legendary Troubador in Hollywood when Leonard came in. He was thinking about his next book, and when he heard Barbara and the Stone Coyotes, he said, "This is it."
In 2011, a documentary about the club called Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter was released.

in the
footsteps
of Bob Dylan,
Jimi Hendrix, too,
then the next big step
when she sang there, too.
from a Greenwich Village dive
to the Stone Coyotes 'live
at the Troubador, in LA,
caught the eye one day
of a writer on his way
to his next mystery.
all four went to see
and to be seen:
New York to
LA again
        Kay Davies, October 25, 2013

9 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Very cool, Kay! I was fascinated by the Elmore Leonard connection, too.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
very tidily done! YAM xx

Lily Hydrangea said...

I wonder what the name of the Greenwich Village dive was called?
Nicely done Miss Kay.

Susan said...

This, my troubadour, sounds like a beginning of a song-cycle bio. Neat.

L. Edgar Otto said...

We do not always know who hears is by chance in an audience nor how it can all change our life's paths, that flower in the rusting concrete industrial city seeking revolution or the mesquite plains in a reel of square dance jumping jackrabbits North of Laredo... so the greatest generation starts in a village where poetry is safe in the song - why were they the once and greatest? Because they were forever young.

Cutella said...

Quite cool!

Marian said...

love it, Kay. i'm glad you enjoyed this prompt, i thought you might. i find their music fantastic... one thing that's great is how Barbara Keith *enunicates* when she sings! i love her singing style and you can always understand the words. but also, i'm really interested in them as a family and their story. did you see their words about Elmore Leonard's passing on their website? big blow for them.
anyway, thanks for playing along. :) xo

Susie Clevenger said...

A Great piece Kay...you did a poetic synopsis with perfection :)

Hannah said...

Nicely done, Kay and I agree with Susie!