Bring That Beat Back

It’s Saturday night in July and I’m sitting on a lawn with a little blonde in a flowered dress. Gary Clark Jr’s guitar is whaling Ain’t Messin’ Round and Brittany Howard is killing it singing Gimme All Your Love. I close my eyes thinking I’m in a field on Max Yagur’s farm in 1969, but I’m on a hill on the Camden, NJ waterfront in 2016 at the XPN Music Festival.

As I listened and reminisced a haiku wrote itself:

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    is Jimi, the way Brittany

          Howard is Janis
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Comparisons can be lazy, an easy way out of describing the brilliance of an artist. But Woodstock was my time–my prime–and I remember hearing Jimi’s Purple Haze and Janis’s Summertime, and I felt the same goosebumps in Camden in July as I did in ’69.


Me and a little blonde in a flowered dress.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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4 Responses to Bring That Beat Back

  1. Sophie33 says:

    Very cool written! 🙂


  2. So joyful and lovely! 🙂

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