michael reese live '76 - song notes
on this page, i give brief
biographical and contextual information about each song, how it
came to be written, etc. for a more detailed biographical
memoir by kendell kardt, click the link: ' the poems of bernard
rudolph ' on the home page. be sure read the disclaimer before
click on the title of any song to go to the 'lyrics' page.
3) pebbles in the sand -
this song was written for Varda Perry in 1972. among the vicissitudes of
loving this mercurial person, was her
tendency to disappear without
notice, and to succumb to the blandishments of strangers. still,
i loved her, and
wanted her to have the 'freedom' she seemed to need.
the song expresses a feeling which, i admit, i was never
quite able to
live up to in practice.
4) please stick around -
a note on 'pure light' is here
song was written for my first wife, Lynne Charles. it expresses,
i think, the peculiar ambivalence i felt about
a woman who i was determined, after all, to
marry, and yet somehow felt oddly detached about my reasons. the
verse that refers to
'Michael B.' comes form a dream i had, in which one of the fellows that
she worked with
stood behind her and comically bobbled her
large mammaries, like a character in a 'wild west' medicine show.
ironic. Lynne was virtually flat chested. i guess i
i could be jealous, even when there was nothing
much to be