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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I LOVE, THEREFORE I AM
by Peter McWilliams
PERFORMED by LAURENCE HARVEY Music by Luchi De Jesus
SR 5004 ST
I LOVE, THEREFORE I AM is a guide to contemporary love, written in a series of short, direct and pertinent poems by PETER MCWILLIAMS, young Midwestern poet who, by conviction and participation, qualifies as a spokesman for today's pairing. To love is ultimate proof that we are alive, and love is not in the dreaming and the wishing for an everlasting union of kindred souls-, love is in the making of it. The poems are written in the vocabulary of two persons preparing to share each other, free in form and driven by the natural rhythm of lovers' desire. There is courtship, fulfillment, and finally separation; all are steeped in healthy sensuosity, and all are wisely seasoned with an understanding for the humor of the human condition and, on occasion, with the kind of flippancy which is the best defense against hurt.
LAURENCE HARVEY is truly a man for all seasons. Equally at home with the classics and with the Avant-Guard, on the stage and in films, in the concert hall and on any dais, he interprets MCWILLIAMS' poetry with fine understated insight as is in keeping with the intimacies which are his subject. One of the richest and best controlled speaking voices of our time, Mr. Harvey movingly conjures up before the mind's eye the lovers as they thrill each other, and as they face the loneliness of separation.
LUCHI DE JESUS has worked with distinction in Symphony, Jazz, Pop, and Rock 'N Roll. His music is heard in such television hit shows as "Ironside", "Mannix", and "Gunsmoke". In this album Mr. De Jesus uses a legitimate chamber orchestra in a thoroughly contemporary way to discreetly underscore the joys and disappointments in the credo I LOVE, THEREFORE I AM.
Executive Producer: David B. Charnay
Produced by: Alfred Perry
Engineers: Ben Jordan/Andy Richardson
Photography/Design: Bob Gordon
Sculpture: "The Kiss" by Auguste Rodin
All MUSIC composed by Luchi De Jesus and published by BNP Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
Other books by Peter McWilliams,
published by Versemonger Press &
soon to be released on STELLAR RECORDS
COME LOVE WITH ME & BE MY LIFE
I HAVE LOVED
FOR LOVERS & NO OTHERS
THE HARD STUFF: LOVE
EVOLVING AT THE SPEED OF LOVE
SURVIVING THE LOSS OF A LOVE
1973, STELLAR RECORDS, 400 So. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.
THE HARD STUFF
WE AND ME
Editor's Note: this is one of the greatest albums ever! Of any genre. Especially comedy. At times it makes me roar with laughter. I'm not sure why because it's supposed to be semi-serious poetry but it comes across like a bad therapy sesssion with sitcom music and psychedelia interspersed. The fact that they came from an author of dozens of books is all the more reason to laugh. The smug British narrator only puts it over the top. Too bad Mr. Harvey died soon after this record was released. I'm glad he fit this one into his life though. I urge you to listen to this through to the end.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!