Yick, yick, yick, goes the Blackbird at the top of leafless Tree. I wonder why it is leafless? Clare say’s it’s dead. “Hmm, and yet it stands, way up high above all the living leaves, wonder why we don’t’ stand when we die?”
I start to imagine the possibility. Where would we put us, would we still have graveyards? If so, Undertakers would have to use different vehicles-stand up jobs-maybe like a Chariot, and of course there would be no reason to change the dress code that we now employ for our wakes. A nice suit, shirt and tie, or her favourite dress , with full make-up of course, in both cases, as it is now. Or we could return to the original shrouds, when death was gender equal. Even big sturdy macho men adorned a gown for their trip to heaven, with nothing underneath of course, clothes wouldn’t be necessary in either of the supposed destinations. The chariot would drive through the Town with him/me standing there in a black or purple smock (ecclesiastical colours) in full make –up, with the hair groomed back like Ronald Regan or Teresa may, and nothing but the wind underneath. What if, like the Tree, we didn’t pong? Graveyards might not be necessary at all. We could be just stood in the corner, or sat in our favourite chair, to wilt away until we fall apart. Sitting here at the Kitchen table with my morning cup of tea, as you can see, I have travelled to all kinds of crazy thoughts with my imagining dream-state. The Blackbird continues to yick,yick. She sees Albert the Cat languishing in the hot sunny grass, but Albert has no intention of pursuing her Babies, he is a big softie. Still the old Tree holds sturdy, would I rather be a Tree?
I have more than tree gigs coming up. And if I don’t see you there, I won’t see you at all. I have got my songs and my stories, and my love for all of you, only you and I can share what this is. And no matter what happens, the memory will stand for a long time, just like the Tree. Build your memories, they are our foundation for the present. I am coming with fire in my belly, like a jumping jack flash!
And I love you as much as I love the Stones. Dublin next week! Weeha.
Dublin-The Grand Social June 22 – 8pm 25 euro tix at Ticketweb
Cork City-Coughlans July 5th-9pm tix at Coughlans
West Cork Levis Ballydehob July 7th-8pm
Wexford Town-Greenacres Selskar July 20th-9pm tix at Greenacres
More dates to come.