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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, September 22, 2003
    Abstinence sows sand
     

      Abstinence sows sand all over
      The ruddy limbs, the flaming hair.
      But Desire Gratified
      Plants fruits of life and beauty there.
    If those words of William Blake are true then I"m doubly glad I gave in easily to the desire to purchase Robin Williamson's Skirting the River Road: Songs and Settings of Whitman, Blake and Vaughan today. The Incredible String Band man (whose Liverpool gig last October I blogged about here) improvises his way through some excellent verse, with some very gifted other musicians keeping up with him.

    This recording is in similar fashion to his earlier treatment of Dylan Thomas, The Seed-At-Zero, which I'll always remember as the cd which kept me going on one of my most surreal journeys - a day spent splashing from Yorkshire down through the mid-Wales hills to the Pembrokeshire Coast, in October 2000, the day that floods broke across the land. Determined to make my holiday destination, somehow I magaged to pass the impassible, complete the impossible journey, the car caked with mud up to the door handles and my ears full of Williamson's maverick wails, tales and moans...