Posts Tagged ‘New York City’


Chelsea Hotel # 2
36″ x 24″
Acrylic, Pastel Stick on Canvas

The gradually stumbled upon “Lost Souls/ Fallen Angels/ Dive Bar/ Dangerously Nocturnal People/  Beautifully Sad Music” type series combining my love of great sad songs, early renaissance religious art, graffiti/stencil street art and seedy city underbellies rolls on. I like the idea of portraying everyday(or every night) people who might have made some wrong turns as saints and angels. This one I was listening to some of the sadder, older Ryan Adams(not BRYAN Adams) until I heard his song about the Chelsea Hotel. Then it was all about one of the greatest songs of all time by one of the greatest songwriters…Chelsea Hotel # 2. The Lyrics to most of the song are on this one…I think this one works. Here are the Lyrics:

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.
Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

And then you got away, didn’t you babe…

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

Here’s some Ryan and The God Leonard Cohen



This is an amazing doc loaded with great footage all about the notorious year of 1977 in NYC. It chronicles the necessity/birth/rise of Punk downtown, Disco from the Gay scene to midtown and Hip Hop in the Bronx. It puts it all in context politically and culturally. One of the best docs on NYC in the 70’s I’ve ever seen….enjoy

023It’s Your World – Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson    1976 Arista Records

Side one “Just Before Sundown”

“It’s Your World” (3:52)    “Possum Slim” (6:00)    “New York City” (4:45)

Side two “Nightfall”

“17th Street” (5:45)    “Tomorrow’s Trane” (7:20)   “Must Be Something” (5:20)

Side three “Late Evening”

“Home Is Where the Hatred Is” (12:10)    “Bicentennial Blues” (8:40)

Side four “Midnight and Morning”

“The Bottle” (13:30)    “Sharing” (5:55)

024This double lp concert set was recorded on the bicentennial (July 1st-4th 1976) and reflects the mood of the United States in the truest sense…reflection being an exact opposite view. While the rich white men were busy chopping up the country, everyone else was scrappin’. This set is loaded with biting commentary that is masked only by the funky and almost airy (not soft…airy…the flutes lent a counterpoint of  lightness that was practically a necessity).  The tunes were a mix of soul, funk, spoken word and jazz that big Gil is now legendary for and considering the size of this project, it never feels lost or meandering. Cuts like side 0213’s “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” and “Bicentennial Blues” put you right in the middle of the feelings of hopelessness the non-rich, non-white, non-male’s were living with. There is also a huge vibe of NYC haze in here and all one has to do is look up the doc “NYC 77″(see next post) to see the state of things for the 5 boros(well, the Bronx/Brooklyn mainly). Remember that Daily News cover “Ford to NYC…Drop Dead”…think of that and pop these lp’s on your turntable. Allmusic writer Hal Horowitz praises the record as G.S-H’s most completely realized work, and that “its Centennial-centric time frame” makes it “lose little of its impact… These tunes have lost none of their lyrical edge or incisiveness throughout the years”. I generally disagree with everything this asshole says buy in this case, I couldn’t agree more…so today, if only today…I wouldn’t shank Hal Horowitz…Thanks Gil