Beating the hot weather with poetry and cool jazz along with the return of Speaky Blinders

So, we have been experiencing the best prolonged spell of decent weather since 1976 here in the UK. It has inspired many a writer I am sure. I know I have been writing quite a bit lately. So maybe it’s the happy place good weather can put you in, or in typical British style it gives us another topic to moan about. – “it’s too hot”, “I can’t stand the heat” etc are common gripes. One thing for sure in my life music always puts me in a better place, and Jazz is something that always brings a smile. It moves me. It really does. Some people are indifferent to Jazz, or can’t be bothered to listen properly to the nuances of jazz. To be able to focus on a part of a tune that takes the listener into different places before returning comfortably to its original melody.

For me it is cool jazz and modern jazz that I tip my hat to. I also enjoy bebop. Why? I am not sure. But, I think that after reading books like The Horn by John Clellon Holmes

The Horn by John Clellon Holmes

I have found myself transported into the coolness that Jazz brings. I so enjoy listening to the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy et al that the whole coolness of Jazz has become just a little obsessive. The original Beat writers loved jazz too. So just like Kerouac and Neal Cassady I like to really dig the music, click my fingers in time to the rhythm nod my head or even just dance. It is something that just gets those endorphins going.

Anyway I have recently written a poem that I have simply called Jazz. Its a poem I wish I had written a couple of years ago and had included in my book. Jazz Poetry – Improvisations In Language

A book that is a collection of Jazz influenced poems that includes a Spotify play list. It is a poem I wish to share.

Jazz.

I am Jazz
I mean I am
The embodiment
Of a syncopated rhythm
I scatter
Like acorns on the breeze
I freeze and drop
Like beads of sweat
I dig beneath the skin
Raising hairs from within
I tremor with surprise
And melodic lies
I breathe
I live
I give
Honesty
In note form
Always trying to escape
What is perceived as the norm.
I comfort when the need arrises
Casting out nets to the wisest.
Capturing senses of promise and wonder
Taking listeners out and yonder.
For it is the beauty of
Jazz when
It is understood.
Whether it be through the mediums of brass, hide and wood.
That makes its presence feel good.

Dancing

Tapping

Parping
N’
Harping

Sometimes
Chanting

Even ranting

Messages subliminal or not
I am the music that can make you cool
When you are hot.
An
Evolution
Of sound
That climbs from the underground.
Whilst you are digging for that
Sublime sound.
Yeah
Thatz
Jazz.

©Jason Disley 2018

Speaky Blinders

August 21st sees the return of Speaky Blinders at Peaky Blinders Bar in Paignton.

It really is going to be a blinder! There are, already an amazing group of talented wordsmiths lined up and we have our first female headliner the wonderfully witty Samantha Boarer whose poetry is personal, graphic and often about sex or social inabilities and is guaranteed to raise an eyebrow and a smile. She has recently had her debut collection published by Burning Eye Books Real Grown-Up Women and is a highly recommended read.

There will be more news about events and other projects I am involved in over the coming month. But for now enjoy the weather and all that jazz! Plus Speaky Blinders is an open mic night. So if you are in the area and like to perform spoken word or tell a few jokes please pop down and join us! JD.

May News: Speaky Blinders, Stanza Extravaganza and Jim Morrison.

It’s a been a while – because life sometimes gets in the way. However, such breaks can allow for ideas to germinate and for inspiration to hit. Firstly the news I have is that the second Speaky Blinders is happening on May 24th. It is going to be headlined by the very exciting Jason Vegas Butler, a Spoken Word wizard who has been successful on the Slam circuits. The evening will be hosted by myself and so far -there are some great poets lined up to perform -with open mic slots also available. Jason Vegas Butler (Headliner at Speaky Blinders)

Amongst the poets there will be spots by Robert Garnham, Melanie Crump, Charles Hopton, and the comedic and surreal Steve “O” . Other performers will be confirmed on the evening, but with the standard of those that came to the first evening. Rest assured you will be treated to a very entertaining night. So by Order Of The Speaky Blinders I hope to see you at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, Devon on the evening of May 24th.

Fast forward to Tuesday May 29th.

It’s Stanza Extravaganza time again. This month it is being headlined by the awesome Ross Bryant , whose delivery of spoken word is both breathtaking and marvellous in equal measure. The night’s host is yet again, the charismatic and lovely Shelley Szender.

Now to some inspiration and a man whose work I admire: Jim Morrison. As many will know, he was an American poet, Rock Star and a tortured individual. His looks, antics and songwriting have made him a legend. I have been an admirer of his writing ever since I was about thirteen years old.

Jim Morrison

I recently wrote a poem about him. His writing has inspired my style of writing every bit as much as the writing of the Beat Generation writers. I am not sure why I wrote it. It came Spontaneously and I thought I would share it with you. Here is the poem:

Lizard King

Frustrated dreamer

An unbelievable believer

With concise rambling

Juxtaposed with emotions

Heightened

By

Discord

Sensory overloads

Or

Apathy

Fighting to be heard

Not wanting to be left behind

But

At the front

Pack opens

Contents spill

Like

A trail on a broken path

Stones fly

Whilst Beetles shield their behinds with natures natural armour

The lizard reigns

Basking in darkness

Being misunderstood

And yearning for the

Sleeping Samaritan to awake

What happened to the harmonious

Lessons

That speak volumes

What happened to the honest benediction

That feels like an embrace

Why do my empty thoughts race

Who

What

Where

Why

I need to sit beneath an azure sky

Whilst the rider on the storm

Glides

Then

Maybe

Another door will open

Welcoming and wide.

Jason Disley (May14, 2018)

Jim Morrison is often quoted and here is one that has been attributed too him.

Now, like many things he would say – controversy would often follow. Whereas this quote isn’t one I totally agree with -as poetry can often have something to say – I also agree that poetry can open doors. It certainly has for me! Anyway I recommend that if you haven’t read his work, or listened to his music you should. There are some literary gems amongst his poetry and lyrics and maybe he can inspire you as much as he has inspired me. 🤓

The First Speaky Blinders night

On April 5th I had the pleasure of cohosting the first Speaky Blinders evening at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, Devon.

It was a fabulous evening which saw the Professor of Whimsy, Robert Garnham, headline with a set of funny and surreal “poems” all titled “Poem” Robert was kind enough to help me host this first of what are going to be monthly events. It’s format was that of Spoken Word, comedy and an Open Mic night.

For the role of host – I dressed the part and turned up dressed to impress in true Peaky Blinder style. I had a grey suit, a tab, rounded shirt and the all important Baker boy cap.

Suitably attired I arrived at the Peaky Blinders Bar, and was pleased to see a decent number of people there for the evening. In fact every table was in use – it was practically a full house!

We had a great variety of performers some regulars from the local Spoken Word Scene, such as Shelley Szender, Samantha Boarer, Marc Woodward, and Andy Brown. All very well respected performers. Then we had some comedy from a gentleman who was visiting from Hong Kong! We also had some one liners from Steve Bloom. And in the second half of the evening even the Peaky Blinders Bars landlord Jamie Devon go up and shared some of his Pub humour. It was a roaring success for a debut night and can only go from strength to strength.

Preparations for next month’s Speaky Blinders are being made and the Headliner for the night in May will be announced soon. I also hope to perform some poetry with the addition of music at the next one.

So, By the order of the Speaky Blinders – I expect if you’re in the area – that you will be there. There will also be open mic slots available for those who wish to take part.

Keep yours eyes open for further announcements. JD.

Robert Garnham with Jason Disley