Monday, October 28, 2013

Warm tone, cold nose

Horn Dog

The album of duets with Willie Nelson
isn’t my favorite, though
there are some interesting moments
in your interpretation of
I Wanna Be Your Dog  
Willie’s idea
I heard you mention to Terry Gross
done live in one take
late one night in Bob Dylan’s Malibu studio
eyes crossed by turns
on your axe, then the vaporizer
“Miles Davis”
you said when asked
to recall your earliest influence.
News to me
when it wasn’t that long ago
I threw a ball and you brought it back
to Louis Armstrong or
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
smiling around
your fuzzy prize, tail up.
I didn’t think you had the lip, frankly 
with paws like that
I always pictured you draped, panting
over an upright bass.

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