I was part of a movement of "dinosaur moms" when I lived in Maryland (Astrodon Johnstoni is the Maryland state dinosaur.) Which is nothing more than this -- dinosaur moms delight in the half-feral nature of the beasties they parent, even as they whisper Shakespeare and Kierkegaard in their ears at night.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Fruit Salad for Derek Walcott, Part 2

Preparing for the meal, we decided the music would have to be kinda worldbeat. So we put on Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints", thinking we'd introduce the old guy to something really novel. But as the strains of "The Coast" began, "A family of musicians took shelter for the night/ In the little harbor church of St. Cecilia/ Two guitars, bass drum, and tambourine/Rose of Jericho and Bougainvillea," he remarked, "This song is dedicated to me, you know."

Of course he'd been working with Paul Simon on "Capeman."

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