Thursday, December 27, 2012

D Note Love Letter New Year's 2013 edition

Happy Holly D,

Once upon a time there was you. And that's where our story begins.

Lots of GREAT music this weekend. Gypsy Flamenco into Tom Petty Tribute band on Friday night! and a night curated by Mark Sundermeier of the Toad Tavern on Saturday night sure to please. Also on Fri, early is a fantastic songwriter Sterling Witt from Kansas City. Worth making the trip out for all by himself. (Check him out on

We have a rocking NYE on Monday night w/ Daniel Lawrence Walker, Broke Bridge Bluegrass and Musketeer Gripweed. From Musketeer Gripweed's website, "Self-described as an “American Revival Stomp Shake Ass Holla” band, Musketeer Gripweed is equal parts roots rock, Delta blues, and performance art, a Musketeer Gripweed performance transports audiences to a world long past – one crisscrossed with dusty country roads and populated by highway bandits, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans.This experience is centered on front man Jason Downing, who transforms on stage into the charismatic Reverend Monkey-Paw Patterson. A wild-eyed pioneer preacher armed with gasoline, straight razors, and hellfire, Rev. Patterson leads shows with all the energy and hunger of a prairie fire.Crowds at a Musketeer Gripweed concert are whipped into a near-religious frenzy, and can often be seen shaking their own “monkey paws” (an open hand with fingers clenched) in time with the beat.The album cranks the tempo and energy level of Gripweed’s music to the next level, creates a modern day music revival that pulls rock up from the roots, and also features the soulful slide guitar work of Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi All Stars and The Black Crowes."  Only $10 and includes the great Dan Walker and Broke Bridge Bluegrass opening.

Dec 28

Sterling Witt (Singer/Songwriter)

Tito Malaga (Flamenco/Gypsy/Mediterranean)

Legendary Hitchhikers (tribute to Tom Petty) $5

Dec 29

Eric Coffman

Mark Sundermeier (Sad Star Cafe)

Dusty Radio


Red Fox Run. $5

Dec 30

Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera

Baby Boogie, bring your kids into dance!

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, music at 9pm) $8

Dan Walker

Broke Bridge

Musketeer Gripweed

Under and in,

D scribe

Extra Credit: Here's one for the New Year from the great Scottish poet Robert Burns? First the original, for the sound of it, then the "translation" for the sense.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old long since?
For old long since, my dear,
for old long since,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for old long since.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for old long since.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since old long since.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for old long since.

Friday, December 7, 2012

love letter 12/7/12

D lovelies,

Big ups in the cray cray dizzo...

Great music this weekend, from the smooth pop rock aesthetic of Drew Schofield, to the Velvet Underground sound of Sub Sleep to the Indigo Girls sound of Dear Marsha to the real deal Zydeco of Dikki Du from New Orleans. We're excited.

Dec 7
No Cover All Night [5:00p]
Folk Ragout

Drew Schofield Band CD Release, w/ Lexi Shanley. $5

Sub Sleep. $5
Dec 8

Zumba $8

Free Horizon Montessori's Choir and Jazz band. $5

Dear Marsha. $5

Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krew. $10

That's the weekend, plus Zumba, yoga, baby boogie and SALSA! Check for the rest of the scoop. Also, if you don't already have NYE plans, we have a really fun band from Ft. Collins called Muskateer Gripweed that night that will fully deliver the goods. Keep us in mind...


D coy

Extra Credit: Here's a poem from our friend Darin Stevenson

Perfect Kind

A perfect kind of desperation.
Any drop of water knows it.
Falling, in flight, thrown by circumstance.
Or accident. Nothing duplicitous.
This isn’t theater.

Thrown into and through the interval.

A thread of moments traversing an abyss.
Will I manage to become a bird?
Whose eye shall I moisten?
Whose mouth?
Such intimacies as every droplet knows.

By heart.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Love letter 11/15/12

D notables,

Hey! Been trying to meet you...

Maybe this weekend?

Nov 16
No cover all night!


Jazz Gem
Jennifer Leigh Cress, Brave Song Combo

Volunteer Funk Dept.

Nov 17

Music Train Family Concert Series: Johnny Barber and The Rhythm Razors $7 adult/$3 kids

Deborah Hill and The Sugardaddies $5

The Duke Street Kings  $5


D Script

Extra Credit: Today is the great poet Ted Berrigan's 78th birthday. So here's a great poem by the man himself.

Last Poem

Before I began life this time
I took a crash course in Counter-Intelligence
Once here I signed in, see name below, and added
Some words remembered from an earlier time,
'The intention of the organism is to survive.'
My earliest, & happiest, memories pre-date WWII,
They involve a glass slipper & a helpless blue rose
In a slender blue single-rose vase: Mine
Was a story without a plot. The days of my years
Folded into one another, an easy fit, in which
I made money & spent it, learned to dance & forgot, gave
Blood, regained my poise, & verbalized myself a place
In Society. 101 St. Mark's Place, apt. 12A, NYC 10009
New York. Friends appeared & disappeared, or wigged out,
Or stayed; inspiring strangers sadly died; everyone
I ever knew aged tremendously, except me. I remained
Somewhere between 2 and 9 years old. But frequent
Reification of my own experiences delivered to me
Several new vocabularies, I loved that almost most of all.
I once had the honor of meeting Beckett & I dug him.
The pills kept me going, until now. Love, & work,
Were my great happinesses, that other people die the source
Of my great, terrible, & inarticulate one grief. In my time
I grew tall & huge of frame, obviously possessed
Of a disconnected head, I had a perfect heart. The end
Came quickly & completely without pain, one quiet night as I
Was sitting, writing, next to you in bed, words chosen randomly
From a tired brain, it, like them, suitable, & fitting.
Let none regret my end who called me friend.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11/1/12 News

D friends,

We've been playing with ways of seeing the letter D for a decade now. As a prefix it is a reversal, as in "de-friend". As a preposition it may mean "of" or "from", as in "de amor". One might argue that these two meanings of the word are themselves opposites. There is a kind of yin and yang here, the "reversal" leading to the opposite, toward another "of", toward a new "from". The shape of the letter D is thought to derive from the pictogram for Door. It does indeed look like a Door. When you enter in through this Door you reverse your "of" and find yourself within the frame work of a different "from". Ahi estas de la amistad.

Come through our Door this weekend and find out what we're talking about.

Nov 2

No cover all night!
Alice Frisch (folk)

Sterling Edge (pop)

The Greenbelt Rascals (bluegrass)

Coral Reef (reggae)

Nov 3

Zumba $8

Denver Family Institute benefit w/ Clusterfunk and more (rock and roll dance covers). $10 suggested donation.

That's what we're talking about.

See the website for the rest of the scoop.

Next Wednesday we are going back to a blues jam format hosted by Todd Johnson. Our thanks to Farm Jazz for filling in over the summer!

Extra Credit: Here's a powerful poem of understanding, one to remember, by Martin Espada
Solil­o­quy at Gun­point”
for José
I sat in the car,
win­dow down in the sum­mer,
wait­ing. Two boys
from the neigh­bor­hood
peered into the car
and did not rec­og­nize me,
so one opened his gym bag
and flour­ished a revolver
with black tape on the han­dle,
brush­ing the barrel’s tiny mouth
against my forehead.
I sat calm as a burn­ing monk.
The only god in my med­i­ta­tion
was the one who splices the rib­bon of the film:
a screen of gun­men with sleepwalker’s gaze,
con­fi­dent detec­tives in silk neck­ties,
the coo­ing of hostage nego­tia­tors,
solil­o­quy at gun­point
recited with­out stuttering.
I spread by hand
as if to offer salt
to a lick­ing dog.
The script said give me the gun,
so I said give me the gun.
And he did.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Halloween!

D masks,

Happy Halloween weekend! Halloween has always been the D Note's favorite fholiday. There's just something about all that imagination unleashed during this time that really floats our goat. The theme this year is "Bees and Flowers" and Diandra and the crew have put up giant bee hives to decorate. We have 6 halloween events this year starting with a Best303Sounds Halloween show tonight featuring Syke96 (formally Synergy). Tomorrow afternoon we have Music Lessons Of Westminster garage band halloween show. Tomorrow night we have an all halloween set by Slo Children, featuring D Noters Adam and Jeremy DeGraff, Adam Ferrill, Alejandro Castano and Jax Delaguerre. Following Slo Children is Angus Mohr doing their awesome scottish bagpipe rock and roll thing. Sunday day bring your kids in dressed up for baby boogie. Sunday night is our 9th annual D Note Halloween salsa party and costume contest. Then next Wednesday (halloween proper) Quillion is playing at 10p (after Farm Jazz). OK! Come out, come out, whoever you are!


The Atomiks

Discount Cinema

The Guests

Syke 96

Taking Canyon

Dimmer Switch
Zumba $8

Music Lessons Of Westminster Garage Band Halloween Show. $5

Slo Children Halloween Show

Angus Mohr Samhain and Halloween Show
Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

Baby Boogie, bring your kids into dance!

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Sabor de la Calle at 9pm) $8
OPen Stage hosted by Turtle (6:30p sign up)

The World Record (from L.A.)

Perfect Like Me

Swing Dance lessons with Larkin, $5

Marlo & Farm Jazz

Quillion Halloween Show

We've got spirit, yes we do, we've go spirit, how 'bout you?

D fang

Extra Credit: How about a creepy bee poem by Sylvia Plath to fit our halloween theme this year?

The Arrival of the Bee Box

I ordered this, clean wood box
Square as a chair and almost too heavy to lift.
I would say it was the coffin of a midget
Or a square baby
Were there not such a din in it.

The box is locked, it is dangerous.
I have to live with it overnight
And I can't keep away from it.
There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there.
There is only a little grid, no exit.

I put my eye to the grid.
It is dark, dark,
With the swarmy feeling of African hands
Minute and shrunk for export,
Black on black, angrily clambering.

How can I let them out?
It is the noise that appalls me most of all,
The unintelligible syllables.
It is like a Roman mob,
Small, taken one by one, but my god, together!

I lay my ear to furious Latin.
I am not a Caesar.
I have simply ordered a box of maniacs.
They can be sent back.
They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner.

I wonder how hungry they are.
I wonder if they would forget me
If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree.
There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades,
And the petticoats of the cherry.

They might ignore me immediately
In my moon suit and funeral veil.
I am no source of honey
So why should they turn on me?
Tomorrow I will be sweet God, I will set them free.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

D Note love letter 10/11/12

D band

Remember, when life hands you lemonade, make lemons. Life'll be all like, "WHAAAT?"

There are some terrific things happening this weekend starting with In Due Time's EP release on Friday night. In Due Time is just one of our favorite bands, very very fun and we are excited they are having their release at the D. And of course the halloween hafla is a highlight every year. This one will be packed so come early if you want a seat. The band playing afterward is a terrific surf/reggae band from Orange County California called The Originalites. These guys need a place to stay, so if anyone has room for four surfers let us know. Below you will find the rest of the scoop for the weekend...

Jeremy Dion

In Due Time's EP Release Party
Hot Cheeze Soup

Tickle Mafia

Petals of Spain

The fat lady sings: In Due Time
Zumba $8

7pm Topsy Turvy Spooktacular Halloween Hafla: w/ several dance troupes performing themed routines followed by the band Yallah!

10pm The Originalites. Hot surf reggae band from Orange Country, CA. $5
Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

2pm Benefit for I Can Jam Studios w/ Mute:Man's:Microphone, Twin Flame, Julio Perez, Dustin Moran & Katie Rose. $5-$10 suggested donation

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Conjuntos Colores at 9pm) $8

That weekend is just what the doctor ordered!


Doctor D

Extra Credit: A gentleman came and read at the D Note's 100,000 Poets For Change event a few weekends ago named Dale O. McCoy. He told us he had written a poem at the D Note a few years ago and gave it to us. It's a sweet one. Here it is.

D NOTE Angel

An evening at DNOTE my wife at my side

Settling in for music, food and drink to imbibe

Surveying the scene people sitting, talking

Laughing enjoying the fare

My eyes rest on a young woman nearby

In a wheel chair

Lovingly attended to by her family

From the back nondescript and unremarkable is she

She turned with wide open saucer shaped eyes

Looking around with inquisitive wonderment

Her face opened and gazed upon me

An angelic aura mesmerized me instantly

Framed by dark brown hair with eye brows to match

I am struck by the beauty of this face

Natural, unadorned beauty radiating

Innocent serenity from within

A smile disarming, sweet and sincere

Our eyes met I smiled said hello and nodded her way

With nary a word she had her say

She turned back to the affairs of her family

Giving me pause to reflect and appreciate

How blessed was I to have this face gaze upon me

A child of God full of innocence and grace

Brought momentary calm to this busy, noisy place

Thursday, September 20, 2012

love letter 9/20/12

D forest

This week we want to send a shout out to bartender Kyle Dreas. Kyle has been with us for six years now and has been a rock, to use one metaphor, or a root, to use another, or roots rock reggae, to use yet another. Thanks, Kyle! We love and appreciate all you do.

This weekend,

No Cover Friday
5pm Josh Meyers
Watertower (bluegrass)

Useless objects (psychedelic bluegrass)
Zumba $8

Sentimental Sounds (big band). Free

Private Party

Stealth Hippo, Host Band $5

Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

Baby Boogie, bring your kids into dance!

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Sabor de la Calle at 9pm) $8

What's that? You've been wanting to learn to salsa, but just haven't yet for whatever reason? Do it! Best time investment ever...


D flower

Extra Credit: Here's a beautiful poem by our friend Truck Darling...


Puffing on Camels as we cut through
the wind, with valiant defeat, I
forsake a model of absolute control

for a model of absolute love. I am
a man who loves life & wants to live
in dignity, but I’m limping with spurs

in the midst of another declinist panic
while Hail Mary book sales bloom like
algae in the summertime. Holiness is

what unites us, not distinguishes us.
Our diversity as humans is what we hold
in common. Hold me, I’m crapping alone.

I’m ripe for the illusion of resolution
in this delicate social ecology where
I’m shy on testosterone-drenched

bleachers. My whole lyfe has been
performative until now. To embrace
my self portrait as victim is to deny

my agency. The Dorito dust settles &
I’m dirty rich in love, having rehearsed
what is right with me. Restore my vision

just enough to form a glowstick cortege
in the cruisy wooded district, a halo
at the mixer. Blanching & the needle

dances on justice’s plethysmograph. He wore
a camelhair wifebeater. He was a forebrother.
He won the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence

when I was whiskered with blood. He ate locusts
& said, “Honey, we know.” Dorito-tan Brother,
sleepwalk with me tonight. God knows what

just happened to the other broken. You
cannot make it better with the lights
turned on. Fold your heart open again

like a suitcase of clothes. Stuffed
with pageantry & peacocking, the vast
ethical grey area stirs to life. It’s

a terrible love & I’m walking in starlight.
Because we live a dream anyway,
because this is New York.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

D Note love letter 9/13/12

D livers,

Howdy and hello to one and all. We were just thinking, just now as we were writing this sentence, that we hope you are exceedingly well.

We want to shout out to big Phil at the door. Phil pretty much dropped out of heaven to take the gig at the D Note 7 years ago and he's been the best possible doorman ever since. He's the biggest flirt we know and, strangely, no one ever seems to mind it. He's that smooth. He's also the most huggable person we know. Hard to imagine a more welcoming presence at the door. Phil is also our unofficial archivist. He's been collecting everything D Note and must have quite a stack of posters and recordings by now. Thanks Phil, we love you! Give him and extra hug next time you see him.

This weekend


No Cover Friday

5pm Sawmill Joe

7pm The Storm Cellars (awesome folk harmony hipster band)
9:30pm Sound Rabbit (very VERY fine pop rock band)


4pm Dalton and the Straight Up G Strings (bluegrass, free)

7pm 39 North (dance rock covers) $5
9pm Gipsy Moon. (killer bluegrass w/ children of the great Vince Hermann) $5

Also, note, next Tuesday we'll be closed for a company party

Hope to see you soon!


D tour guide

Extra Credit: Bob Dylan came out with a new album this week called Tempest. Some great stuff on it, as usual, including a song for John Lennon. Here are the lyrics to the titular song, an allegory about the sinking of the Titanic. There are many levels to these lyrics and yet they tell a good story. And we love how Dylan so casually samples so many poets here. He's still got it...


The pale moon rose in it's glory
Out on the Western town
She told a sad, sad story
Of the great ship that went down

T'was the fourteenth day of April
Over the waves she rode
Sailing into tomorrow
To a golden age foretold

The night was black with starlight
The seas were sharp and clear
Moving through the shadows
The promised hour was near

Lights were holding steady
Gliding over the foam
All the lords and ladies
Heading for their eternal home

The chandeliers were swaying
From the balustrades above
The orchestra was playing
Songs of faded love

The watchman, he lay dreaming
As the ballroom dancers twirled
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the underworld

Leo took his sketchbook
He was often so inclined
He closed his eyes and painted
The scenery in his mind

Cupid struck his bosom
And broke it with a snap
The closest woman to him
He fell into her lap

He heard a loud commotion
Something sounded wrong
His inner spirit was saying
That he couldn't stand here long

He staggered to the quarterdeck
No time now to sleep
Water on the quarterdeck
Already three foot deep

Smokestack was leaning sideways
Heavy feet began to pound
He walked into the whirlwind
Sky splitting all around

The ship was going under
The universe had opened wide
The roll was called up yonder
The angels turned aside

Lights down in the hallway
Flickering dim and dull
Dead bodies already floating
In the double bottom hull

The engines then exploded
Propellers they failed to start
The boilers overloaded
The ship's bow split apart

Passengers were flying
Backward, forward, far and fast
They mumbled, fumbled, and tumbled
Each one more weary than the last

The veil was torn asunder
'Tween the hours of twelve and one
No change, no sudden wonder
Could undo what had been done

The watchman lay there dreaming
At fourtyfive degrees
He dreamed that the Titanic was sinking
Dropping to her knees

Wellington he was sleeping
His bed began to slide
His valiant heart was beating
He pushed the tables aside

Glass of shattered crystal
Lay scattered roundabout
He strapped on both his pistols
How long could he hold out?

His men and his companions
Were nowhere to be seen
In silence there he waited for
Time and space to intervene

The passageway was narrow
There was blackness in the air
He saw every kind of sorrow
Heard voices everywhere

Alarm-bells were ringing
To hold back the swelling tide
Friends and lovers clinging
To each other side by side

Mothers and their daughters
Descending down the stairs
Jumped into the icy waters
Love and pity sent their prayers

The rich man, Mister Astor
Kissed his darling wife
He had no way of knowing
It'd be the last trip of his life

Calvin, Blake and Wilson
Gambled in the dark
Not one of them would ever live to
Tell the tale on the disembark

Brother rose up 'gainst brother
In every circumstance
They fought and slaughtered each other
In a deadly dance

They lowered down the lifeboats
From the sinking wreck
There were traitors, there were turncoats
Broken backs and broken necks

The bishop left his cabin
To help others in need
Turned his eyes up to the heavens
Said, "The poor are yours to feed"

Davey the brothel-keeper
Came out dismissed his girls
Saw the water getting deeper
Saw the changing of his world

Jim Dandy smiled
He never learned to swim
Saw the little crippled child
And he gave his seat to him

He saw the starlight shining
Streaming from the East
Death was on the rampage
But his heart was now at peace

The battened down the hatches
But the hatches wouldn't hold
They drowned upon the staircase
Of brass and polished gold

Leo said to Cleo
I think I'm going mad
But he'd lost his mind already
Whatever mind he had

He tried to block the doorway
To save all those from harm
Blood from an open wound
Pouring down his arm

Petals fell from flowers
'Til all of them were gone
In the long and dreadful hours
The wizard's curse played on

The host was pouring brandy
He was going down slow
He stayed right to the end and he
Was the last to go

There were many, many others
Nameless here forever more
They never sailed the ocean
Or left their homes before

The watchman, he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone

The captain, barely breathing
Kneeling at the wheel
Above him and beneath him
Fifty thousand tons of steel

He looked over at his compass
And he gazed into its face
Needle pointing downward
He knew he lost the race

In the dark illumination
He remembered bygone years
He read the Book of Revelation
And he filled his cup with tears

When the Reaper's task had ended
Sixteen hundred had gone to rest
The good, the bad, the rich, the poor
The loveliest and the best

They waited at the landing
And they tried to understand
But there is no understanding
On the judgement of God's hand

The news came over the wires
And struck with deadly force
Love had lost its fires
All things had run their course

The watchman he lay dreaming
Of all the things that can be
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the deep blue sea

Thursday, September 6, 2012

D Note love letter 9/6/12

D tangled,

This week we'd like to send out a special shout out to Diandra. Not only does Diandra mix fabulous drinks at the bar, but she brings more heart and warmth to the D Note than just about anybody else, a real matron. And she has the best laugh. Plus her initials are D.D. just for good measure. One of the many great things about Diandra is she dresses up the D Note every year for halloween. Last year the D Note turned into a giant UFO, the year before that it was a bat cave, the year before that it was a giant spider web, the year it was a giant pumpkin. We are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with THIS year. We love you Diandra. Thanks for everything!

This weekend is Arvada's Harvest Festival. We've always thought of the Harvest Festival in metaphoric terms. We may not be growing actual crops, but we are growing...something. As Tommy Knox from the Clam Daddys likes to say, "you can't get the fruits without the roots." And indeed the D Note is in full flower right now, from the beautiful art up on the walls to the amazing staff to the delicious pizza to the fantastic music.

Here's the line up for the weekend


No Cover All Night [7:00p]
Sweet Radish (bluegrass)

Ed McGee & Ward Scott



Harvest Festival

Zumba $8

Mark Hutchison & Jax Delaguerre

The Bottom Line (w/ Alejandro Castano)

Wonderlic (w/ Adam DeGraff)

The Jake Leg Shakers. (original rock and roll) $5

Banned In Japan (dance covers 70's to present) $5


Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff. Donations accepted for local charities.


1pm The Jelly Band (acoustic

>Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Conjuntos Colores at 9pm) $8

And that's the weekend! Happy Harvest Festival!

Also, we have a very cool surf/ska band from California coming through the D Note on October 13 called The Originalites and they are looking for lodging. ( If you have space for 4 chill guys, then let us know and we'll make the connection.


D flower

Extra Credit: Adam DeGraff will be performing the song I Feel Tractor with Wonderlic this weekend at 7pm in honor of Harvest Festival. The title of this song comes from Adam's mom. On a drive to Yosemite she was a having a conversation with Adam about poetry. She asked Adam why he insisted on breaking the rules of grammar in poetry. Adam said it was because he felt that he could sometimes get closer to the truth when he broke the rules. Pam looked out the window of the car at the fields rolling by and said, "I mean... you can't just say... 'I Feel Tractor'." She thus proved Adam's point. This was a good line of poetry; both breaking the rules of grammar and getting closer to the truth of the moment. A song using this line as a title came about several years later when Adam and Jeremy were jamming around a campfire. It goes...

I Feel Tractor

I feel tractor
over the fields I go
I feel tractor
seed by seed I sow
I feel tractor
row by row I hoe
I feel tractor
watch the garden grow
I feel tractor
watch out! Scarecrow!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

D Note love letter 8/30/12

D Tales

This week let us point the staff spotlight on our man Taj in the kitchen. Not sure how long Taj has been with us, but we're guessing 6-7 years? In the meantime he has cooked many many pizzas for you and a more than a few of those pizzas have been the best pizza you have ever eaten. We love Taj and are grateful for all of his help. Thanks Taj! Taj Trivia: Taj is in the punk band The Hacks. (great band name, don't you think?) We had the Hacks at the D Note 8 years ago, before Taj was in either the band or the D Note. More Taj trivia: Our popular vegetarian hummus pizza The Taj Mahal, was invented and named by Taj, which is kinda ironic considering Taj is a rabid meat eater.

This weekend we start a new thing at the D Note; no covers on Friday nights! We're concentrating on just bringing terrific music. We're starting this weekend with great music starting at 5pm with our friend Melissa Ivey, a songster that will give you chills. Then we have the beautiful urban bluegrass of Birds Of A Feather and end the night with the charming pop of Fiction Is Fun.

Melissa Ivey

Sarah Angela, Mac Williams, Birds Of A Feather, Fiction Is Fun. Free.


Zumba $8

Bellydance Swap and Extravaganza. Shopping and performances. Free

Ryan Macpherson and The Dirty Gospel. $5

In 2 Wishin (rock and dance covers from 70's to present). $5

And that's the weekend (not to mention yoga, baby baby boogie and salsa on Sunday!)

Yours in the field,

D tractor

Extra credit: Here's some nonsense composed by yours truly...

Nonsense Poem

Moving forward I will back up and tell you what
I am going to keep to myself. To begin with there will be

an ending, and further? I don't know if there is anything further
and one more thing, I don't know if there is anything more.

Exactly what to expect is not clear at the present moment,
but soon we shall see what the future has in store. Later.

What everyone wants now is for you to be yourself,
so forget about yourself and give the people what they want.

Outside of us all there is a lonely person inside
and inside of them is a big, wide open sky.

Adam DeGraff
1:10 PM (1 minute ago)

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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:08:38 -0600
Subject: D Note love letter 8/30/12
D Tales

This week let us point the staff spotlight on our man Taj in the kitchen. Not sure how long Taj has been with us, but we're guessing 6-7 years? In the meantime he has cooked many many pizzas for you and a more than a few of those pizzas have been the best pizza you have ever eaten. We love Taj and are grateful for all of his help. Thanks Taj! Taj Trivia: Taj is in the punk band The Hacks. (great band name, don't you think?) We had the Hacks at the D Note 8 years ago, before Taj was in either the band or the D Note. More Taj trivia: Our popular vegetarian hummus pizza The Taj Mahal, was invented and named by Taj, which is kinda ironic considering Taj is a rabid meat eater.

This weekend we start a new thing at the D Note; no covers on Friday nights! We're concentrating on just bringing terrific music. We're starting this weekend with great music starting at 5pm with our friend Melissa Ivey, a songster that will give you chills. Then we have the beautiful urban bluegrass of Birds Of A Feather and end the night with the charming pop of Fiction Is Fun.

Melissa Ivey

Sarah Angela, Mac Williams, Birds Of A Feather, Fiction Is Fun. Free.


Zumba $8

Bellydance Swap and Extravaganza. Shopping and performances. Free

Ryan Macpherson and The Dirty Gospel. $5

In 2 Wishin (rock and dance covers from 70's to present). $5

And that's the weekend (not to mention yoga, baby baby boogie and salsa on Sunday!)

Yours in the field,

D tractor

Extra credit: Here's some nonsense composed by yours truly...

Nonsense Poem

Moving forward I will back up and tell you what
I am going to keep to myself. To begin with there will be

an ending, and further? I don't know if there is anything further
and one more thing, I don't know if there is anything more.

Exactly what to expect is not clear at the present moment,
but soon we shall see what the future has in store. Later.

What everyone wants now is for you to be yourself,
so forget about yourself and give the people what they want.

Outside of us all there is a lonely person inside
and inside of them is a big, wide open sky.

D Note love letter 8/23/12

D rails,

We trust you are well and good, even awesome, or at least on your way to getting there.

This week we want to give a shout out to Kevin Shultz who has been doing an amazing job running the operations over the last few months. When our last manager resigned Kevin showed great initiative and has really taken on taking care of the place, which the place truly appreciates. Thanks Kevin. Next time you see him at the D Note, give him proper props.

Here's the line up of the weekend.


Trout Unlimited Benefit w/ Rough Satin (jazz) 5pm and Big Universe (cover dance) 7pm. $5-10 donation

Dikki Du and The Zydeco Crew $10


Zumba $8

Mushroom Mountain Band Reunion

Sentimental Sounds Big Band $5

Current Youth (and friends) $5 (funk, rock and roll)

Trout Unlimited does a great job of helping keep the rivers of Colorado clean, so come help support those guys. Then after Big Universe plays for Trout Unlimited we have Dikki Du, son of late Zydeco legend Roy Carrier, and he is always super fun for dancing. Serenade In Blue Big band on Saturday (I know we have some fans of Big Band out there.) Then Current Youth is also a really fun band. Last time they were at the D Note they opened for Bop Skizzum and were great.

Next Tuesday we have a band sitting in for Farm Jazz. They are an R&B horn band called Doug Jackson and The Chosen Few and "they are pretty good!" says our inside man, Jax Delaguerre. Then next Tuesday at 7p we have Henrikson's Amp Presents Great Jazz Guitar. Free, followed by Trevor Christianson on Piano and Discount Cinema (garage rock).

There's the news in a nutshell,

D squirrel

Extra Credit: Here's a Rilke poem that will certainly speak to at least one of you.

Onto A Vast Plain

You are not surprised at the force of the storm—
you have seen it growing.
The trees flee. Their flight
sets the boulevards streaming. And you know:
he whom they flee is the one
you move toward. All your senses
sing him, as you stand at the window.

The weeks stood still in summer.
The trees' blood rose. Now you feel
it wants to sink back
into the source of everything. You thought
you could trust that power
when you plucked the fruit:
now it becomes a riddle again
and you again a stranger.

Summer was like your house: you know
where each thing stood.
Now you must go out into your heart
as onto a vast plain. Now
the immense loneliness begins.

The days go numb, the wind
sucks the world from your senses like withered leaves.

Through the empty branches the sky remains.
It is what you have.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.
Be modest now, like a thing
ripened until it is real,
so that he who began it all
can feel you when he reaches for you.

Book of Hours, II 1

Thursday, August 16, 2012

D Note love letter 8/16/12

D notables,

We hope you are singing today, or dancing, or making art, or making some kind of true expression of yourself, if only for the briefest moment.

And speaking of true expressions of self, this week we want to give a shout out to Adam Ferrill, our ninja bartender, a true blessing. Adam's been at the D Note pretty much from the beginning and has probably put more hard work into the place than any one else. It has been a pure pleasure having him around, like hanging out with Bill Murray's even funnier younger brother. Thanks for everything, Adam. We love you.

Here's the weekend in semi-table form. Friday night, Aug 17, the password to the D-mail crowd for free admittance is... "purple paisley pompadour"



The 10:39s
The Real Folk Blues $5

Zzyzzyx Road Band $5


Zumba $8

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) FREE

The Moses Jones Band $10


Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

Baby Boogie, bring your kids into dance!

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Orquestra La Brava at 9pm) $8

Friday night we have a band called 10:39s that play a song called "Shakespeare". Then on Saturday we have a Shakespeare performance. Coincidence?

The performance on Saturday is FREE! We're excited for a little a drama at the D. Here's the press release...

"Can three girls really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours? This fast-firing comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only three performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. Clever use of some interesting costumes also adds to the fun.

The play starts with an eccentric version of Romeo and Juliet, followed by a parody of Titus Andronicus (which is portrayed as a cooking show). Next is Othello, which is done as a rap song (the infamous "Othello Rap"). The members of the trio compete in a hilarious football game which summarizes the histories (King John, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV etc), complete with commentary and details of each character's rise and fall from power.

As the characters are about to come to the end of the first act, they realize they forgot to perform Hamlet. One of the actors becomes nervous and runs out of the theatre with another actor chasing him. The final actor is left to entertain the audience by himself, which he does by telling jokes and calling for the intermission.

After the intermission, the missing two actors return and save their companion from reciting all of the sonnets. All three actors then perform their very abbreviated version of Hamlet (with a little help from the audience), thus "completing" the canon in only an hour and a half!

The play stars Tracy Dykeman, Deletta Laes and Tara Casanova and is directed by Ed Sellmann."

Love and stuff,

D barge

Extra credit: Considering all the Shakespeariness this weekend we should probably leave you with a Shakespeare poem. But instead we'll give you an anecdote. We believe Shakespeare helped to translate the King James Bible. The proof? Shakespeare was a favorite of King James and even wrote a play or two for him. So when Will was 46 years old he got the summons from the king to help translate the Psalms. Because if you are the king, you're going to put your greatest poet on Psalms, right? Shakespeare was too controversial to get any credit for the translation, so instead he found a way to sign his translation as a hidden easter egg in the Bible. If you go to Psalms 46 and count 46 words down from the top and 46 words up from the bottom you get "Shake" and "Spear". Good one!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

D Note love letter 8/9/12

D activators,

We've had many amazing folks working at the D Note over the years. This week we want to give a special shout out to our first sound engineer, Greg Rendon. Greg used to be a regular at our open stage night years ago and was interested in learning about sound engineering. We needed some help in a pinch and he stepped in and did such a good job that he eventually became our main guy. The dynamics at the D Note can be difficult as all the wood and brick make the room very live. And of course every band has their own needs. But Greg has it down. Not only has Greg handled the sound well, but he has also been able to beautifully handle the interpersonal dynamics with the bands, a part of the job at which many sound engineers famously fail. It is amazing how often bands praise Greg and, in his own humble way, he has really begun to develop his own reputation as an engineer. Say hi to him and thanks next time you see him up in the booth. Shout out to our second sound engineer, Erick Crumb, who also does a great job.

This weekend.

Aug 10

Jeff Mohler. Free. Jeff is someone we met through Tom Peters, the poet and owner of the Beat Bookshop in Boulder. His songs are beautiful.

Julian Velard $8 Pre-Sale Tickets This guy is great. He came our way because he is patron's favorite performer and so his daughter paid to have him come out. Spend some time on his website and then try NOT to come hear him in person.

The Amendment $5

Aug 11

Zumba $8

Hafla: Belly Dance Variety Show. $8 adults/$5 kids. With Yallah. Hafla has been going on for awhile now at the D Note and we hope it will last forever.

Matic (rock, jam) $5. Very good jam band...

There you go. Things to remember: Baby boogie Sun afternoons, salsa Sunday nights. Free pizza for kids on Mondays and Open Stage (6:30p sign up). Great swing lessons ($5) and music (Farm Jazz) on Wed nights. Geeks Who Drink Trivia Thurs at 6:30p followed by SIN (service industry night) with great local DJs.

We hope to see you sooner than later,

D V8

Extra Credit: We found a book of children's poetry anthology called "My Song Is Beautiful" at the discount sales bin at King Soopers for $1. Money well spent as there were several good children's poems therein. We liked this one, by Mary Ann Hoberman.

You and I

Only one I in the whole wide world

And millions and millions of you,

But every you is an I to itself

And I am a you to you, too!

But if I am a you and you are an I

And the opposite also is true,

It makes us both the same somehow

Yet splits us each in two.

It's more and more mysterious,

The more I think it through:

Every you everywhere in the world is an I;

Every I in the world is a you!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

D Note love letter 8/2/12

D Collage,

Hello friends. Hello brand new first weekend of August of 2012. We wonder if we will get the best of you, weekend? Maybe yes, maybe no, but we will not suffer for lack of trying.

Here's the scoop. The password for getting in free on Friday night exclusively for this D Mail list is "D LOVELY"

Aug 3




Goldensole (heavy rock) $5. ROCK!!

Aug 4


Ali Grayson CD Release Show w/ Stormcellars $5 ALI IS FROM FT. COLLINS AND THIS WILL BE A GREAT POP FOLK SHOW.


In other news...

Yoga w/ live music by Melissa Ivey and Adam DeGraff on Sunday morning.

We have an amazing Salsa dance fiesta every Sunday night.

We just LOVE this poster by Matt Dougherty for our new Service Industry Night.

Theres a GREAT performer next Friday named Julien Velard. He'll woo you, if you'll only let him.

Okay, let's give this weekend the old college try.


D sister

Extra Credit: We've had many amazing artists working at the D Note over the years. And for awhile we had Ken Arkind in the kitchen. Ken is now that rarest of things, a professional poet, and he's gaining quite a reputation. He recently had his picture put up in the Nuyorican Cafe in NY, quite an honor. His stuff is really meant to be performed, but here it is anyway on the virtual page.

An Experiment in Noise in A Sharp Major

This is not a heart,

it’s a volume knob.

You turn it one way when you wish to scream,

you turn it one way when you wish to whisper.

It is a gift,

and carries much weight with it,

your chest can feel as heavy as an ocean,

there is more than enough silence beneath the surface for you to drown in.

Be careful,

it is a weapon and can hurt people,

their ears will not be ready for your anthem.

Speak with purpose,

sound without shape is static,

and you were not born a dead channel.


were born screaming.

Does music belong to the instrument or the ears that hear it?

If one receives a gift it belongs to them and not the gift giver,

so when you tell someone your name,

does it still belong to you?


Violin strings,

The wind

A bow.

Music notes


Ear drums






This is not a heart,

it’s a volume knob.

That makes your veins wires.

If your veins are wires,

then your limbs are speakers,

if your limbs are speakers,

then movement is a song.









So choir many many choirs,

holy holy little fists.

Leave the world dancing in your headphone dust,

drenched in speaker sweat,

covered in eardrum graffiti,

and invite them all into your sonic temple.







Together you make a sentence.

Together you have purpose.

This is not a heart,

it’s a volume knob.

With it you can sing (many many) songs.









Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love.

Remember that refrain when the waves come, (they will come)

they will try and mute you,

they will try and drown you with their,






They will try to sharpen your bones.

They will try to sharpen your shoulder blades.

They will try to convince you to cleave off your wings,

by shrugging from the weight of them.

That the burden is too much to carry,

that you deserve silence.

They will try and deafen you,

They will try and deafen you by firing their,






Put your guns away our weapon’s in our chests.

Your body is an arsenal.

Your gut a foxhole.

Your lungs magazines. (to carry the ammunition of your breath0

Your throat is a barrel.

Your tongue is a trigger.

Click against the war drum of your jaw,

and echo the sound:



You will not touch me.


You will not call me that word.


I will not move.

A bullet cannot hurt an ocean,

and waves are just static atop its depth.

You are louder than this. (bloody experiment in noise)

A transmission,

sent straight through bullhorn of tongue,

by the soapbox that got lodged in your throat,

on the day they told you to swallow your pride.

You are louder than this.

You are ruckus.

You are opus.

So shatter the silence and proclaim yourself,

turn up your melody so loudly that they never forget,

and hand the world your name,

like it was a gift.


straighter than a ship’s mast.


held higher than full sails.


crashing like waves breaking against your bow.

The bullets of their lips firing,

but missing,

with every,



/)dam I)eGraff

Thursday, July 19, 2012

D Note love letter 7/19/12

D finitives,

We have been writing these d-mails for a long time now. And wow, a few of you have been reading every week. Some every week or three. A few when you have a chance.

Many of you we know well. A few of you we don't. But it is certainly wonderful to halfway meet you here in this virtual place, which is connected to a real place, where we like to meet you even better. Please respond in kind. We invite conversation. Traverse the trecipice.

This weekend, starting tonight, July 19, 2012.

Geeks Who Drink trivia quiz.

SIN night w/ deejays. Free.


Kelly Freely. Free

Danny Bastos Collective


Little Goose


Zumba $8

Synergy, Reason for Madness, Kate Thomas, Micheala Murphey. FREE

Birds Of A Feather (bluegrass) $5

Bret Sloan with RoscoeÕs Dusty Bottle Boxcar Band $5

The Arvada Dubstep DJ Showcase. $5

That is a killer weekend of music.

First off, here's some scoop on G.A.M.B. From their website "Formed from the ashes of a band called Askimbo, this band has a funky fresh sound that gives their audience exactly what they crave. The main man Medicine plays a mean harmonica and sings like a soul in flight, the rhythm section keeps any crowd moving their feet, and the horns play melodies that would mesmerize the muses. The members have played in diverse musical settings around Colorado for many years, including extended projects with renowned Colorado artists Ron Miles, Yo, Flaco!, and Beats Noir. The band brings an eclectic mix of both upbeat and bluesy originals, as well as classic covers by artists like Muddy Waters, Bill Withers, Johnny Cash, and Marvin Gaye. The blend of blues, funk, and jazz that this band conjures is sure to please people of all ages. Medicine has been seen playing with the likes of Michael Franti, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as gracing the stage at Red Rocks on a number of occasions. Dues have been payed!" Well, Okay!

The band playing after G.A.M.B is Little Goose and we gotta say they slayed last time at the D Note. They've got a stripped down dirty Zeppelin blues sound and its great. $5 for the night. AND JUST FOR YOU, FAITHFUL D-MAIL READERS, we will cover your cover at the door this Friday night. It's FREEEE. The password at the door is "Scooby Dooby Doo".

Saturday night we got one of those nights that just twists and turns like a rollercoaster. HS rock and roll during the day care of the excellent SYNERGY and friends, then brilliant indie bluegrass with Birds Of A Feather followed by a JUG BAND called Roscoe's Dusty Bottle Boxcar band. We LOVE those guys. Then the rest of the night is a collection of Arvada Dubstep DJ's. $5 all night.

A reminder, kids EAT FREE on Monday nights, (one kid per adult).

Killer music and dance on Sun and Wed nights, with lessons in Salsa and Swing respectively.

Best happy hour east of the Rockies.

Also at 6:30p next Tuesday night Henrikson Amp presents Jazz guitar night. Free.

There is more, but we'll stop for now and take a breath,


D version

Extra Credit: Our friend Hoa Nguyen has a book out on Subpress called "Your Ancient See Through". It has many gems, but we like the summation of DNA theory in the following poem, plus the way she lays out the imagery of the star.

[A night at the beach what is left]

A night at the beach what is left
conch shell shimmer marks
where feet trail across sand dense
as stars Humans like me
can't hear beneath the trillionth
day of DNA sung meaning
of sea waves Sting nettle
having waves to paddle

Thursday, July 12, 2012

D Note love letter 7/12/12

D Notables,

We have more exciting news to share. First of all the $5 cover for Friday night's show will be waved just for those of you on this D Mail list! The password is "Sparkly Rainbows". (We should mention that that password was Diandra's idea.) FREE show Friday night just for you!!

Also we are starting a Kids Eat Free Night on Monday nights. With the purchase of an adult meal one child (12 and under) eats free. So bring in the family Monday nights to the family friendly D Note!

Here's the lowdown for the weekend


Dan Polizzi

Marlo Acoustic set

Dino's Band (rock and roll voo doo)

Snake Oil Band (alt country rock) $5


Zumba $8

Family Concert w/ Sunday Girl (80's music from Blondie to Yaz). $5

Gipsy Moon (bluegrass featuring kids of Vince Hermann) $7

Terry Quiett Band (pre-party for Blues and BBQ 7/15) $7


Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

Big Muddy (blues/acoustic). Free. (no baby boogie due to Blues and BBQ fest)

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Sabor de la Calle at 9pm) $8

On Saturday we are also co-sponsoring (with Scrumptious and HOTA) an outdoor concert across the street from the D Note from 5pm-9pm, featuring the band "RePlay", food, booths, beer/wine, and kids activities!!

The Blues and BBQ benefit is happening Sunday (benefiting Habitat For Humanity.) They used to do this at the D Note for years, but the last few years they have moved it out onto Grandview and it has blown up. We'll have our own blues band in the D Note too, free, acoustic, so come on down.

There's a bundle of good news for everyone,

D notary

Extra Credit: Here's a poem by Adam D, from back when he was driving cab in S.F., CA. (Lady Day, if you didn't already know, is what some affectionately called Billy Holiday. The D Note has a pizza named Lady Day in her honor.)

Wild Blue Yonda

I took Yonda to Berkeley half-rate.
She told me she was running
from a trick because she didn't
want to "hurt his fillin."

She asked if she could
smoke rock on the bridge.
I told her to be careful.
She told me why she chose crack.
She matter-of-factly said
she was a lifetime addict.

Somewhere in the winding conversation
she came out with her philosophy,

"Life is a like a maze.
Do you know what a maze is?
It's a puzzle.
There's only one way in
and only one way out.
You spend your life
figuring out how to make it
through. Hell's when you're
doing bad. Heaven's when
you're doing good."

She asked me to turn
the radio up. There was
a slow R&B ballad on
KMEL Jams. Yonda sang
along with pitch perfect passion,
like some latter day day Lady Day.
I didn't want to breathe.
And when she left I didn't
want her to leave.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

D Note love letter 7/5/12

D nuts,

Some interesting changes are in the works at the D Note. We've already told you about our fantastic new happy hour menu. But we haven't told you that on Thursday nights after Trivia we are starting up SIN night (Service Industry Night), with $2 wells and a late night happy hour for all service industry people after 9pm. We'll have DJs playing great dance music too. No cover. So if you are in the industry come down, or if you know someone that is please pass along the news. We're also going to start giving secret special deals for those of you on this newsletter list. The first secret deal will be for this Friday night. Say the password "Dance Dance Revolution" at the door Friday night and get it for $3 instead of $5.

Stay tuned for other changes coming your way soon.

Here's the weekend lineup.

6 (Friday)


JD Cordle (free)

PJ Zahn (blues/dance) $5

Duke Street Kings (rock and roll covers/dance) $5


Zumba $8

Music Lessons Of Westminster band recitals

Author Unknown (Pop/rock) $5 (featuring Mark Sundermeier)

Zeppephilia- Led Zeppelin Tribute Band. $5 HEY HEY MAMA SAY THE WAY YOU MOVE

Sunday morning we hope you will come down for yoga at 10pm sharp. Keith is doing a great job leading the class and Melissa Ivey and Adam DeGraff play meditation music during the class. $5-$10 suggested donation.

And now you are up to date,

D Naught

Extra Credit: There are a few favorite poets that we know we will return to again and again throughout our lives. Frank O'hara is one of the few. We recently read a fantastic poem of his that we had somehow missed before from his classic book "Lunch Poems".


I watched an armory combing its bronze bricks
and in the sky there were glistening rails of milk.
Where had the swan gone, the one with the lame back?

Now mounting the steps
I enter my new home full
of grey radiators and glass
ashtrays full of wool.

Against the winter I must get a samovar
embroidered with basil leaves and Ukranian mottos
to the distant sound of wings, painfully anti-wind,

a little bit of the blue
summer air will come back
as the steam chuckles in
the monster’s steamy attack

and I’ll be happy here and happy there, full
of tea and tears. I don’t suppose I’ll ever get
to Italy, but I have the terrible tundra at least.

My new home will be full
of wood, roots and the like,
while I pace in a turtleneck
sweater, repairing my bike.

I watched the palisades shivering in the snow
of my face, which had grown preternaturally pure.
Once I destroyed a man’s idea of himself to have him.

If I’d had a samovar then
I’d have made him tea
and as hyacinths grow from
a pot he would love me

and my charming room of tea cosies full of dirt
which is why I must travel, to collect the leaves.
O my enormous piano, you are not like being outdoors

though it is cold and you
are made of fire and wood!
I lift your lid and the mountains
return, that I am good.

The stars blink like a hairnet that was dropped
on a seat and now it is lying in the alley behind
the theater where my play is echoed by dying voices.

I am really a woodcarver
and my words are love
which willfully parades in
its room, refusing to move.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

D Note love letter 6/28/12

D #,

We're sitting here writing this with a laptop on our collective legs. What do you call this application of a lap top? Lap Top App? At any rate our collective legs are warmer.

Weekend tableaux,

Bill McKay (free)

Defy You Stars, Surviving April (emo) $5

Irie Still (African Reggae) $5 DANCE!!!!!

Useless Objects (psychedelic bluegrass) $5 CAN'T WAIT

Zumba $8

The Guests & Tommy Freed and the Trio, The Ghoulies $8

8th ElemEnt. presents: Kemistry Album Release Party. $5 (includes CD) 8TH ELEMENT SKILLS IT

In other news we just booked Julian Velard for August 10. Heard of him? We hadn't, but we've been listening to his back catalogue and collectively crushing out like a precocious 12 year old girl. Check out

We sincerely hope you are taking advantage of the super good deal on dance lessons Sunday (salsa includes 12 piece band) and Wednesday (swing includes the superior Farm Jazz.)

Also, our new happy hour rocks, check it out.

Keep sharp y'all,

D b

Extra Credit: Alicia Fall sent us this beautiful Rainer Maria Rilke poem, from the Book Of Hours:

I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every hour holy.
I am too small in the world, and yet not tiny enough
just to stand before you like a thing,
dark and shrewd.
I want my will, and I want to be with my will
as it moves towards deed;
and in those quiet, somehow hesitating times,
when something is approaching,
I want to be with those who are wise
or else alone.
I want always to be a mirror that reflects your whole being,
and never to be too blind or too old
to hold your heavy, swaying image.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere do I want to remain folded,
because where I am bent and folded, there I am lie.
And I want my meaning
true for you. I want to describe myself
like a painting that I studied
closely for a long, long time,
like a word I finally understood,
like the pitcher of water I use every day ,
like the face of my mother,
like a ship
that carried me
through the deadliest storm of all.