Sunday, February 07, 2010



Hello. In a bid to revive this site, I'm doing a couple of radical things. First, as the very look of the place was getting me down--it was shabby and ugly and dated--this new template (with which I will keep tinkering) is a first step towards bringing Locust St. into the 2010s. Sadly, as yet I've been unable to move all the old comments over, and worst-case scenario is that they'll be unmovable. So if that's true, my apologies to anyone who's commented over the years whose words have been erased by the capricious hand of Blogger.

Secondly, we're done with the 1920s for a long while. It got to be too much, and I likely would have just stopped doing the blog entirely--there were days I sat down to do "1925" and couldn't will myself to write a word. So I'll do what I've always done when inspiration has deserted me here: a time-jump. This will also be a means to get this place better tied in with my other research/writing/nonsense (Bowiesongs) of late.

The template change also erased the various internal links I had created, so use the following list as a sort-of long-delayed table of contents:

7 Drinks of Mankind:

Beer.
Wine.
Spirits.
Coffee.
Tea.
Cola.
Water.

6 Cardinal Colors
:

Polychrome Overture.
Red.
Orange.
Yellow.
Green.
Blue.
Purple.
Monochrome Coda.

7 Means of Movement
:

Walking.
Riding.
Sailing.
Railroading.
Driving.
Flying.
Rocketing.
Interludes: Bicycles, Asses and Mules, Submarines, Subways, Buses, Helicopters.

7 Deadly Sins:

Sloth.
Gluttony.
Lust.
Greed.
Envy.
Anger.
Pride.

Odds and Sods:

Debutantes.
Dry Bones: A History.
Stuttering Songs.
Hollywood: Rise.
Hollywood: Imperium
Hollywood: Decline and Fall.
Dreams.
The Press.
Immigrants.
Guns.
Bert Williams.
Songmasonry: After You've Gone.
Songmasonry: There'll Be Some Changes Made.
Songmasonry: Body and Soul (at BWF).

4 Seasons:

Spring.
Summer.
Autumn.
Winter.

The Locust Century (in Fragments):

1900-1901: Elite Syncopations
.
1902-1903: The President Is Seven Years Old.
1904-1905: You Don't Own The State.
1906-1907: The Life Of Violets.
1908-1909: Nailed To the North Pole.

1910: The Suffragette That Knew Jiu-Jitsu.
1911: So Natural That You Want To Go To War.
1912: They All Talk Like Crows.
1913: We Went Canoeing and We've Been a-Wooing.

1914: Red War Yet Redder.
1915: Planes and Lines.
1916: The Troglodyte World.
1917: The Day of the Women's Death Battalion, Eddie Cantor's Ghost.
1918: Armistice.
1919: Broken Blossoms.
1920: Paradise Is Just a Curse.

1921: An Aria of Canaries, Normalcy.
1922: The Morning The Fiddlers Came, The Beneficent Spider.
1923: The Imperial Roman Jazz, The Second Line.
1924: New People.
1925: To come sometime.
1926: It's All Right Now.
1927: The Year Of the Perpetual Miracle.
1936: Rested For the Roll Call.
1937: Dust.
1945: From Henry Green to Charlie Parker.
1946: After The Rain.
1947: The Second Man.
1948-1949: From Red Foley to Robert Frost.
1950-1952: From Fats Domino to Kay Starr.
1953-1955: From Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry.
1956: Waiting in Place.
1957: Rave On As They Do In Real Life.
1958-1959: From G.L. Crockett to Robert Lowell.
1960-1961: From Joyce Harris to Bill Evans.
1966: Life Outside The Chrysalis Case.
1967: A Transient Thing.
1970: The Organization Ain't Really Organized.
1971: Sisters
1976: Romance Is On the Rise.
1977: Missed the Messiah.

1986: Not a Good Year.
1987: You Can Live At Home Now.
1996: Corruption Isn't Working Anymore.
1997: The Way We Were.


8 comments:

Caryn said...

Welcome anew. I had just found you when you went sort of quiet. Look forward to the changes.

dean said...

It seems you and I are in the same emotional space. Nice changes, wish me luck making mine.

Mark said...

Looks great. If it weren't for the change, I wouldn't have started to explore your seven drinks of mankind.

Bryce said...

Looks great! Keep up the good work.

J said...

Looks great! Congrats on the (re)newed vigor.
I was hoping for this!

Mr. Amter said...

it is always challenging to let go of something so familiar - locust st. expression evolves yet again.

many thanks and best wishes for the fine expression over the years.

Dan Moynihan said...

Great to see the site continuing. I enjoy it very much, and learn a lot from your posts!
Thank you

tony cheetham said...

so pleased you have decided to revamp and carry on - I really missed your words and music - easily one of the top 5 music blogs