706 Union Ave: Memphis Sessions, by Cornelius Eady (chapbook plus digital download music drop card)
I thought I heard / A wise voice say: / A Memphis plate / Of grits and ribs, / Washed down with a snort / Of this or that, / Will save you from / Your educated ways … –Memphis dream 2
A poem, song lyrics, a turn of phrase so historically specific and yet, so exactly right for this moment. It’s the timelessness, the universality, that clue you in: this is the truth-oxygen, the heart-balm we need just now.
Here are the lyrics to new songs by Cornelius Eady, along with a drop card for the music he recorded with his trio at the fabled Memphis home of so many beloved musical legends: Sun Studios, Memphis Tennessee; and an essay that will give you a little peek into the road to these songs.
Breathe it in. And if you can’t afford it just now, and you need it anyway, just drop us an email and we’ll comp you a copy.
Nobody tells you the road’s made of dust Nobody says but it’s true No one will sit and politely discuss All the hard times that’s waiting for you. You live and you learn You crash and you burn It’s a banquet or you make do The shakes and the aches That’s the pressure that makes The diamond that’s inside of you. - "The Diamond," words and music, Cornelius Eady