Intermezzo #191

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch.
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I’m singin’.
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door.

Giant doin’ cartwheels, statue wearin’ high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn.
Dinosaur Victrola list’nin’ to Buck Owens.
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door.

Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970), Cosmo’s Factory

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5 Other Brilliant Songs by Sixto ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriquez

Who the f#ck is Rodriquez?
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez (1942), is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived in the United States, but unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, where sales of his records outnumbered those of Elvis Presley.

Because of scarce information about Rodriguez, it was incorrectly rumored there that he had committed suicide (by setting himself on fire live on stage) shortly after releasing his first album.

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This was told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man and helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country (source: wikipedia)

Apart from the genius Sugar Man, these are 5 other terrific tracks from his two albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality.

1) This Is Not A Song, It’s an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues

2) I Wonder

3) Rich Folks Hoax

4) Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles

5) Street Boy

Intermezzo #189

Begrieving snow falls in the dead morning.
Stray dog’s howls and the footsteps of Geta pierce the air.
I walk with the weight of the Milky Way on my shoulders.
But an umbrella that holds onto the darkness is all there is.
I’m a woman who walks at the brink of life and death.
Who’s emptied my tears many moons ago.
All the compassion tears and dreams.

The Flower of Carnage (Shura No Hana)
Meiko Kaji (1973), Lady Snowblood