What is "soul"? In this week's New Yorker the actor Paul Giamatti says he pictures his own soul as a decorative garden toad. Similarly, he sees Willie Nelson's soul as a cob of corn, Dolly Parton's as a hummingbird, Merle Haggard's as a rusty engine block, Sigmund Freud's as a Babylonian statue of a half lion with beard and wings, Donald Trump's as a nice set of whitewall tires, Jessica Simpson's as a tape measure, Slash's as a blood orange left on a window-sill, all dried out and leathery and Kim Jong Il's as a crazy box of crabs. How do you see your soul?
However you see your soul, if you are in need of a bit more of it, and who isn't? then we highly recommend you come down to the D Note on Saturday night, July 18, to hear Denver's queen of soul, Hazel Miller, sing her heart out. 8pm. $12. After Hazel, at 10:30pm we have the rock band Ephesus, a "...turbulent, emotional blend of hard charging guitar strewn rock and roll with a dash of americana...a constant bombardment of heartfelt lyrics and mind blowing guitar riffs."-Colorado Music Buzz. $5
Friday night at 9pm we have the return of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at 9pm, presented by Colorado Friends of Zydeco and Cajun. These guys always bring great bands to the D Note from Louisiana. Curley Taylor is the Usher of the Zydeco set. $12. Before Curley Taylor we have our friends Crowboy back and starting at 7pm. Crowboy is a one of those sleeper bands that sneaks up on you like a lynchburg lemonade on a hot day. $5.
Sunday, July 19, we have the first annual Blues-n-BBQ festival in Olde Town Arvada to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The D Note will host a RockBand competition, Pete McKay from The Mountain and a silent auction. And right out our front door will be 20 great local blues acts. Baby Boogie won't be in normal mode, but feel free to bring in the babies anyway.
And tonight, Thursday July 16, after Trivia, we have a band from St. Louis, MO called Fundamental Elements, a very smooth R&B band with a retro 70's sound. Good stuff. No cover.
Extra Credit: Since "soul" is the subject this week, then let us have the last two stanzas of William Butler Yeats "A Dialogue Of Self And Soul"...
I am content to live it all again
And yet again, if it be life to pitch
Into the frog-spawn of a blind man's ditch,
A blind man battering blind men;
Or into that most fecund ditch of all,
The folly that man does
Or must suffer, if he woos
A proud woman not kindred of his soul.
I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action or in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot!
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.