Thursday, March 6, 2014

John Cale
Photo by Craig McDean

The Velvet Underground: John Cale, Guitar and Feedback

Poetry Sheet  
6 ways in which i wish you
Exorcism of Desperation
"Lost tracks of time..."
The Fish

6 ways in which i wish you
i wish i could remember what you / were wearing the night day after the night / before or the way you enter / the room without knowing / i'm there

i wish i could / remember the right / words to say / when i'm with / you
i wish i could / remember the right / words to say / when i'm with / you

i wish i could remember how to forget this pain about not / being able to remember the past before meeting you 

i wish i were a windsw windswept / day or a cloudburst thru which you / walk calmly with animal grace

i wish i were a dream / taking place / in the 13th century meeting / beatrice on the ponte vecchio / who turns out to be you / when i'm awake

i wish i were... the poem i am / writing by heart... to become / you beneath these words / as we collide into... the foreground / of this sentence structure... without changing a word / XXX Gerard

John Davies Cale, OBE (born 9 March 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band the Velvet Underground.

Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone and classical. Since departing from the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums. Of his solo work, Cale is perhaps best known for his album Paris 1919, and his cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", plus his mid-1970s Island Records trilogy of albums: Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy.

Cale has produced or collaborated with Lou Reed, Nico, La Monte Young, John Cage, Terry Riley, Hector Zazou, Cranes, Nick Drake, Mike Heron, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Lio, The Modern Lovers, Art Bergmann, Manic Street Preachers and frontman James Dean Bradfield, Marc Almond, Element of Crime, Squeeze, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem, The Replacements, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.