Loose Connections

Lo Carmen
Storytelling troubadour Lo Carmen's essays and musings on songs, music, art, people, places, words, dreams and random fascinations... subscribe for bi-monthly deliveries to your inbox ...you can find me other places @locarmenmusic.
Created 04 Apr 2021
  • Cultural Guides
    30 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    I first went to Jean Francois Vallée’s tiny Greenwich Village apartment in New York City when I was seventeen. It was a six minute walk from Cafe Wha? and The Bitter End, two legendary venues I’d hear...
  • What Can Do?
    04 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    Many years ago, we shared a backyard with a gorgeous older Greek lady, Rachil, who - at the beginning of every December – would set to work cleaning every surface, weeding the garden, washing and shak...
  • Hair, There & Everywhere
    20 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    The book I just finished writing ended up being a lot about self invention and influence. It wasn’t exactly what I planned to write, but nothing much in my life has happened because of plans. We got m...
  • Everyone You Ever Knew Is Coming Back To Haunt You
    30 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Ghosts are everywhere, all the time, not just on Halloween. Emma Balfour told me a story when we were kids about seeing a ‘ghost baby’ with her little brother, in a big old house they were staying in,...
  • I'll Fly Away
    16 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 7 12
    I stepped out my front door to go get some fresh air and the supreme stillness of a tiny bird just standing on the armchair on my porch, staring straight ahead brought me to a halt. I could feel traum...
  • I Have Forgotten How To Sing
    01 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 3 4
    I dreamt about it the other night. Walking into a wild dark club where a pumping band was playing and suddenly there I was, up there with them, mic in hand, launching into Tina Turner’s ‘Early One Mor...
  • Exotic Dreams
    19 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 3 5
    After writing about books a couple of weeks ago, my friend Anna mentioned to me how much she treasured her copy of James Michener’s ‘Hawaii’, mainly as an object of love, for its exotic cover. I was s...
  • Staring At The Sun In Broken Hill & The Joy Of Books
    05 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 5
    Curtains drawn, hooked up to antibiotic drip and monitors, my beloved was recovering in hospital after an emergency visit, waiting for the doctor to sign him out so we could leave. In the tightly made...
  • Lickin' Stamps
    18 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 2
    My first band had twelve members, my next one had six, and then there were eight. To organise a rehearsal or book a gig meant sitting down next to the phone and making actual phone calls with prospect...
  • I Never Owned No Sensible Shoes
    02 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    First thing I saw when I woke up this morning was the headline of an article my friend Karin sent me that read ‘Dolly Parton doesn’t wear sweat pants’. Karin knows me pretty well. Until reasonably rec...
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