Nice Of You To Have Come To My Funeral.
“Do you understand that poem, Dr. Wallach?”
“Well, Charles, it certainly is a very personal expression.”
You haunt my every dream
Tell me what’s your scheme?
Can it be that you’re a part
Of a lonely broken heart?
Why must you torment me?
Pain and misery
In a heart that’s loved and lost
Take away the grief you’ve caused
Can’t sleep at night
Twist, turn in fright
With the fear that I’ll live it all again In my dreams
You’re there to haunt me
When you say she doesn’t want me
I’ve been hurt – Do you know what that means?
Take away this dream you’ve born
Mend a heart that’s torn
That has paid the price of love
A thousand fold
Bring me a love with a heart of gold
Today is Charles Mingus’ birthday. I was first introduced to Mingus through Jeff Beck’s cover of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and later reintroduced via Hal Willner’s stunning “Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus” album. A fantastic upright bass player, composer, and bandleader, he’s easily one of the most important musicians of the last century.
Do yourself a favor when you get home: listen to Mingus Ah Um. Listen to the Willner record. Listen to Joni Mitchell’s “Mingus” album. Download Pithecanthropus Erectus from iTunes, or check out another of his 70-plus albums.