Jazzopetry

I Googled myself and found this. It's a CD compiled from several readings held here in Buffalo years ago, collectively called Jazzopetry. I'd forgotten all about this. These were open readings held at various venues and organized by Clif Jackson, who moved away from Buffalo in 2005. Whoever wanted to could get up and read, and had a dope band accompanying them consisting of turntables, drums, saxophone, trumpet, bass, etc., all improvising the whole time, both reader and musicians just vibing off each other...

I used to go to these events back then. My friend Tom and I would get up and read, or my friend Nate and I would buss' a few rhymes. (Yup, I rap. I'm a musician/songwriter/singer, too. When I figure out how, I want to post some of my music.) Very drunk. It was the only way I could not feel embarrassed while simultaneously, and ironically, embarrassing myself. But it was really fun, and Clif Jackson was a great guy. I have no idea where he moved to. I didn't know he even made an compilation of some of those readings, let alone that I'd be included. Good times...

4 comments:

Jessica Maybury said...

I know what you mean about embarrassing myself trying not to be embarrassed! Anyway this sounds great, thanks.

Eric Beeny said...

Thanks, Jessica. You live in Ireland? What’s that like?

audri said...

definitely relate to using artificial cures for social awkwardness.

this is hardcore. made me throw gang signs. love the animal hospital line also. i would be interested in hearing your music.

Eric Beeny said...

Thanks, Audri. I don't think Blogger hosts a music gadget, at least one I can play my own stuff through. I might go through YouTube, or something, then just link that from here. I don't know. We'll see...