Smoke and Mirrors
Between people and themselves…
Reality and illusion,
Escalating emotion and dulling senses.
How ironic it should be here
That truth has come tonight.
How fitting that truth will be ignored
by those beating a stubborn
retreat from the (to them) terrible
beauty of its light.
Suddenly, an artist appears,
So filled with truth it seems
he himself can't stem the power
with which this bursts from him.
His voice is strong --
it's often pain-filled brilliance
spreading a clarity that cuts
through the dank smoke-laden air,
and turns the mirror of human
nature on the witnesses: the criminals
that all who embrace the comfort
of comfortless falsehood
are proved to be.
But the artist has but a moment in which
And he is gone…
Leaving behind truth alone,
Entrusting truth to others,
To be embraced by those who have
gazed into its mirror and begun
the enduring nature of truth's beauty,
and the smoke of confusion
it is able to dispel.
The Stone Pony
Asbury Park, NJ 11/24/01
An artist prepares...(or rather, pensively paces...)
before taking a seat at the piano to open his set with the always amazing "Wounded"...
"All the pretty horses
...after which Michael switched to guitar, joined by Brian Fitzpatrick, for "the first love song [he] ever wrote"..."Murder In The First Degree"...
"My veins, they roared,
I couldn't believe
...followed by "Spark", a song about characters fighting to retain hope in the midst of fear and fading dreams....
"The jukebox played
"Me, I knew I needed
"Mama tells me,
...and an almost frighteningly intense version of "Junkie Girl"..
"What are you
What are you
Was it the
After this Michael again returned to the piano for the lovely "Around The World"...
"Go ahead and throw
...and the haunting revenge tale, "Murder On Her Lips"...
"I held her so
And murder on
...before closing out his set on guitar, joined by Brian once again for the McDermott classic, "A Wall I Must Climb"...
...on which note I've gotta ask...based on Michael's expression in this shot, is it my imagination or do you bet this guy's talking about flying?!?
In any case, you can bet I'm thinking about flying -- TIME flying that is...until Michael's next East Coast visit....
As always, thank you Michael,
and, of course,
Please Come Back Soon!