Elis Regina – MPB Especial – 1973 - DVD
Once upon a time I was accused of disappearing into my world of books and films where darkness came too soon. Total nonsense of course. There was music too. But the suggestion was that I was missing out. Total nonsense too. Products have so much to teach us. So many stories to tell …
Thank you. That’s kind of you. That was a poem about seeing Ted Hughes perform on my sixteenth birthday and being totally intimidated by his brooding presence, and the intensity of his delivery. That was something that stayed with me for a long time. The title – Onion Soup – is a reference to a special tea my mum prepared and for some reason Ted Hughes has always been associated in my mind with onion soup. Don’t ask.
Okay. I’ll finish off with a work in progress. So this is the first and who knows possibly the last performance of my poem or rather prose poem, a paean or exercise in prosody that’s about becoming besotted with a DVD of the great Brazilian singer, Elis Regina, who was known as hurricane or little pepper. She was a great performer, a star of the bossa nova scene, and one of the first people to popularise songs by the new generation of Brazilian artists who came through Tropicalia and those turbulent times. I so wish I could have seen her singing. Anyway here’s my eulogy for Elis, with apologies to Allen Ginsberg:
Elis, I've given my all and feel I'm nothing.
Elis, why are my eyes filling with tears?
Elis, the camera's so close to you
I have to ask you
Elis I've read my Caetano
I'm worshipping you.
Elis who cut your hair like Julie Driscoll's?
© 2007 John Carney