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Sunparlour Players at the Folk Exchange Dec 6 2009

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-photo by Cheyenne Rae (click on pic to see our gallery)

Sunparlour Players
then,
opening for Wil
at The Park,

delivering
an almighty
beauty

and
ending with a gorgeous sing
along
Build It Up

and now
(just last night)

great(er) expectations
and when

they’re
more than
met

when you fly

when you soar

when
merely
little/big
i,
I dance
and roar

oh, lions

hear my
mighty
roar

oh, eagles
watch me soar

high above

the (her)izon
Andrew’s voice
calling

oh, bear
i grunt
i growl

i’m dancing
in the square

feel it
the beat
the build
up
tickling feet
and bellies

oh children

and then
The RoaR

crackling thunder
Rosie
smashes
clouds

and what doesn’t Dennis
do!

it’s all about the ripping
yarns and the revving
engine’s roar
and the soundtrack
score
to our magical
lives

we’re kids when
we roar
when we fly
when we believe
in running
breakneck
speed
along the ice
covered

rivers
and lakes

or just skating
just sliding
gliding
and spilling
doubled,over
laughing till
our guts
ache

for beauty’s sake

this is when my heart
breaks

staggering
joy

can you feel it?

we’re alive again.
we’re children again.

the sets unfolded
and no one
can hold
me

like
your melodies
and voices
and rhythmic hymns

hold me

dearly
truly
softly

embracing me

these are Hymns For The Happy

for me
and you

for Tammy
Jeff and Jaine
Nettie and Matt
Diana
Stu
Cheyenne
Michelle
Jim, too

www.myspace.com/thesunparlour

this is Wave North.

waves and waves

beauty
into
light

murky
spots

places
for painted
memories

we’re diving
headlong
into the falling place

can you?

feel it?

North
Battle of 77
Joy In What You Lack
Nuclear
Wood Dress
Pacifist’s Anthem
Be The One
Talk It To Death

40 minutes

Hymn For The Happy
Figure It Out
If The Creeks Don’t Rise
Wall Sisters
Bless
John Had A Bell and A Whistle
Build It Up

44 minutes

encore,

for Tammy,
Dyin’ Today

O’Captain
You Are The Hunter

The Folk Exchange
woody
intimate

40 music lovers
40 kids (again)

and one
roaring
dancing
boy-hearted
soul

soaring.

and i danced
(don’t i always?)

yes,

this was,
something
different,

religious…

my weekend
of ecstatic
dance

Friday
The Wind Ups

Saturday
The Weatherman Underground

and

Sunday
The Sunparlour Players

Andrew
Rosie
Dennis,

voices

in unity
in harmony

trading
instruments
trading memories,

always
thank you.

no one knows
this pain
this hurt
this joy
this healing caress

these tears. and

this unimaginable
agony.

oh bands
oh musicians
there’s only
me and you
in the room

and there’s
more
always more

if the dancers
come/

if the dancers
dance.

when the dancers
!RoaR!

i’m not alone.

otherwise,
there’s only
our unfathomable
beauty.

no missed
steps
only
kissed
blessed
steps

there’s a Sunparlour’s
request for
a capo
for the banjo
that Dennis plays
on Figure It Out
if only
there’s a musician
with one
in her pocket
but none

except

for a hair
band
offered by Jaine
and yes,
it works…

improvisation

this is the moment
to follow
all our moments,

L Cohen! this is your moment
now,

my song
my every morning
of my life song

the song
i can’t breathe
without

If The Creeks Don’t Rise

i’ll never
be
without
this song.

i never
am,

who was i before
your song?

we roared
we stomped
we applauded
we thundered
we crackled

and so did

The Sunparlour Players

Jeff Robson
says
they’re better
live
than Elliott Brood

the best
live
Canadian
band is?

you decide.

you vote.

you shout.

you emote.

i’m just a dancer
a little boy
in the cave
of a man
feeling lost
looking hard
seeing possibilities
in every smile
in every beat
of a drum

heartbeat

heart.

beat.

heart.

caress.

The Sunparlour Players
The Folk Exchange
December 6.

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene
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