Poems for Rodriguez by Marc LaLonde

These poems about Rodriguez were written recently by Marc LaLonde, after seeing Searching For Sugar Man.

Contact Marc at: marcslalonde@juno.com

In an encore for a journeyman

In an encore for a journeyman,
A rambling hurdy-gurdy man,
The past becomes the future now,
Like mirrors facing mirrors somehow,
Echoes in a foreign land,
Played by a calloused working hand,
Sung by a shadow growing old,
Tales so tall, that nearly went untold,
Bordering on the spectral and ethereal,
Reality becomes much more ephemeral,
Like windmills vying with Don Quixote,
Or visions seen through los peyote,
Like penguins in a southern clime,
So sings a man in quarter time,
Catch the music, catch the dreams,
Can it all really be, as it seems,
Yes it can, and yes it is,
Capetown blues, how sweet it is,
A dead man walks upon the stage,
That gave a voice to tears and rage,
Bass lines thump, laying down,
A big red carpet, all over town,
An African country his biggest fan,
An encore for a journey, man……..

Marc LaLonde 2012

The troubadour, long gone, wandered back into sight

The troubadour, long gone, wandered back into sight,
Still singing his musings, to a cold dark night,
Whispers in the darkness, whispers in the light,
So quiet in his soul, more quiet in his manner,
Never dreaming his name flew on some distant banner,
But fate would just not hear it, as history truly ran her,
Singing his words to himself in a corner,
Worlds apart, those words did warn her,
As a new world rose, on his words that borne her,
Shuffling through his steps, the music man muses,
As fires ignited, searching for the ends of dynamic fuses,
Not seeing the spark of his words, and the hearts it chooses,
A world away and distance grew near,
As music gave courage to those who knew fear,
Selling their lives for a freedom so dear,
Mandela’s and Biko’s, apartness grew weaker,
Maybe all freedom ever needed, was an eloquent speaker,
Or someone to sing, a troubadour to seek her,
Hiding in plain sight, beyond the reaches of corruption,
Singing to the world, with no permanent interruption,
Only the kind life throws at every man, frequent disruption,
Tired and stooping, the troubadour wanders back home,
Singing to himself, while his soul, still it does roam,
Finding strength and comfort in each song born from poem,
One more travel, every troubadour has yet one more,
Some have done less, while some have done more,
But each one has sung truth, finding their soul and its sum core,
Sugarman sang, to crowds in rooms only standing,
Rodriguez sang, to crowds while autographs handing,
Sixto sings, to crowds in his memory, upon homeward landing,
While the troubadour wanders, down streets of ghosts and skeletons long
gone,
Singing himself to sleep, wandering far, returning in time to wake before
dawn,
The music man works, for no more than a little, giving riches away with a
yawn,
So sings the man, so sings the world that knows his song,
So wanders the poet, humming to himself all day long,
So travels the troubadour, but to the world he surely does now
belong……….

Marc LaLonde 2012

A minstrel sings, in some place sublime

A minstrel sings, in some place sublime,
That evokes another, in dimensional rhyme,
Echoing soundly down hallways of time,
Blending fine melodies, like rosemary and thyme,
Harmony striking on so many chords,
Disturbing the beat of harsh overlords,
Strumming on heart strings, like taut pulled cords,
Singing into being, plowshares from swords,
Change in the air, flying on wings,
The crescendo rising, as the minstrel sings,
Tempting the future, to see what it brings,
The tempo is carried, on voices with wings,
Fine tuning the tone, then crashing like cymbals,
As songs are played, on Gibsons and Kimballs,
Together apart, the divisions clash as symbols,
As lives spin and dance, pivoting on gimbals,
A minstrel sings, though never in haste,
With economy of effort, too great to waste,
Leaving the hearer with a sweet aftertaste,
A Sugarman’s voice, circled the earth’s waist,
Bringing a symphony, to the deaf and the poor,
Sending sweet sounds from the likes of a Sewer,
With only the strings that accompany and lure,
The deep that is in us, the deaf and the poor……….

Marc LaLonde 2012

More South African Dates Added | Computicket

Grand Arena, Grand West, Cape Town – Western Cape

Sun 10 Feb 13 8:00 PM (Open)
Wed 20 Feb 13 8:00 PM (Open)
Thu 21 Feb 13 8:00 PM (Open)

via Computicket

Best Album Reissues of 2012: Rodriguez, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | Rolling Stone

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

The reissue of the year is the soundtrack to one of the most compelling music documentaries ever made, about a comeback so improbable it seems like fiction. Searching for Sugar Man follows two South African fans as they solve the mystery of the Hispanic, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Rodriguez: a charismatic phantom who vanished into working-life obscurity after his quietly urgent, elegant-R&B classics, 1970’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming From Reality, crashed on release in the U.S. (They were Springsteen-size smashes in South Africa, though Rodriguez never saw a dime.)

The soundtrack combines the best tracks from those LPs in a greatest-hits display of Rodriguez’s supple Dylanesque voice; his fluid, lyric swing between sympathy, need and righteous candor in “Sugar Man,” “I Wonder” and “I Think of You”; and the music’s unhurried, funky delicacy. You can get the original records in full, reissued by Light in the Attic. But the Sugar Man album is a precise introduction to a gentle genius who is still here (now 70), still singing, and finally reaching the audience he always deserved.

via Best Album Reissues of 2012: Rodriguez, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | Rolling Stone.

2012 International Documentary Association IDA Awards Winners | Indie Film Spotlight

The 28th Annual IDA Documentary Awards were handed out tonight at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Penn Jillette, the speaking half of Penn and Teller, hosted the ceremony. The big winner was Searching for Sugar Man, taking home the Best Feature Award.

It was especially gratifying for me as I attended the World Premiere of this marvelous doc at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, then selected it as one of my Top 10 (see my review and pictures of the Q&A). The film also won top honors for Best Music, with original songs penned by Sixto Rodriguez and additional score by director Malik Bendjelloul. Saving Face was awarded Best Short.

via 2012 International Documentary Association IDA Awards Winners | Indie Film Spotlight.

MUSIC REVIEW | Culture Northern Ireland

When people gather and talk about the singer-songwriters they admire, the same familiar names usually recur: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell: all legends whose music has lasted through the decades, from the 1960s to the present day. Very few would mention Jesus ‘Sixto’ Rodriguez – unless they were South African.

For those who haven’t seen 2012’s most successful documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, let me explain. Rodriguez, a young singer-songwriter from Detroit – whose music could best be described as ‘Donovan-esque’ – released two albums, Cold Fact (1970) and Coming from Reality (1971).

via MUSIC REVIEW: Jesus Rodriguez.

Charles Bradley – “I’ll Slip Away” (Rodriguez cover) – YouTube

Celebrating Light In The Attic’s 10 year anniversary in 2012, we are releasing a series of very special colored vinyl 7″s and digital downloads. The series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by Light In The Attic on the A-side, plus the original version on the B-side.

Charles Bradley — known as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”, and for good reason — tackles ‘I’ll Slip Away’ by one of Light In The Attic’s big success stories, Rodriguez. Dating back three years before his defining Cold Fact album, ‘I’ll Slip Away’ was the Sugarman’s 1967 debut single for Impact Records. In Rodriguez’s hands, it’s shuffling, tropicalia-tinged folk. In Bradley’s hands and backed by the inimitable Menahan Street Band, it’s a vintage soul stomper.

A side is produced by Thomas Brenneck and recorded at Dunham Sound Studio, Brooklyn, NY, July 2012. B side features the original Rodriguez version as remastered by Dave Cooley.

Charles Bradley – “I’ll Slip Away” (Rodriguez cover) – YouTube.

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