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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, February 3, 1970 i

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, February 8, 1970

music
Buckley, Hill Aud: Irreconcilable duo

By BERT STRATTON
Worn-out is the appropriate
word to describe how the aud-
ience falt last night when Tim
Buckley walked off the H ill
Aud. stage.
It was a feeling something like
the one you get after you've
stayed up through the entire
late, late show on TV, and you're
about to ask "was it really worth
it?"
Was it really worth it to ar-
rive at Hill by 8:30, to sit
through an hour long perform-
ance by a Detroit rock band -
a band that is unquestionably
one of the worst groups that's
ever played, and then, (at last),
to hear Tim Buckley do a dis-
appointing hour set?
Number one misery was the
terrible sound system, which
made all Buckley's vocals sound
like they had been diffused
through a wet rag. The big
projection amps that are usually
used in Hill concerts were miss-
ing. I wonder if the people in
the rear heard anything at all.
Deduction Hill Aud. and Tim
Buckley don't mix. Buckley's
music is reflective, relying heav-
ily on subtle changes, nuances,
and sound effects. It's not ro-
bust, and it can't begin to fill
a place as large as Hill.
Buckley in a coffeehouse
would be ideal, but it's also a
dream, because his popularity
coupled with the physical reali-
ties of a coffeehouse would
never permit it.
The solution to the problem
is to go into a dark room, lie
down, and put on a Tim Buck-
ley record, like "Happy Sad,"
and feel the eerie immediacy of
his music. Sure he isn't "live,"
in the flesh, before your very
eyes, but his records do put him
a lot closer to the listener than
any concert hall stage can. Be-
sides which, on record the bas-
soons and gongs, and all the
other accessories can be mixed
and balanced professionally.
As for what happened last
night, everything and everybody
seemed so remote. A good part
of the audience was slouched
down in their chairs, complete-
ly out of it, a couple people were
they were the only people in
frustratingly trying to nod their <>
heads to the beat of the music,
but there wasn't any "real"
beat, and the majority of the

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people were probably thinking
about what they were going to
order at PJ's after the concert.
As for Buckley, he appeared
to be far beyond the point where
significant audience-performer
rapport is established. It all had
a lot to do with the fact that he
only played one song that was
familiar to the audience, "Gyp-
sy Woman", which he did as an
encore. For almost the entirety
of his set, he and his back-up
band (composed of bass and
lead guitar, trumpet, and
drums) did a parody on what is
commonly called frsaking-out.
What they were doing was put-
ting everybody on. They re-
velled in the knowledge t h a t
the auditorium who knew what
was 'going on. The wierd stores
that Buckley told interspersed
between solos, were actually pret-
ty funny.
There was something else that
was good too. Specifically the

times when Lee Underwood, the
lead guitarist, and Buckley trad-
ed off riffs. Underwood is ex-
tremely t a 1e n t e d at getting
around on guitar, especially at
playing way up on the finger-
board and then running the
notes down the scale, balancing
off Buckley's lead.
Buckly sung his lungs out,
screeching resilient high notes
and practically biting off the
mike on his bellowing bass

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Writer-in-Residence
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vocals.
Too bad things didn't turn out
better for Buckley and the
audience.

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By LAURIE HARRIS
The Writer-in-Residence pro-
gram, scheduled to begin Feb.
19, has been struggling through
financial difficulties.
Thisg year, poet Robert Bly,
organizer of the writers Against
the War in Vietnam and winner
of the 1967 National Book
Award will be giving readings of
his work and lectures for a two
week period.
Mirfee Klein, program chair-
man, says last year's senior of-
ficers of. UAC promised $3000
to the program. However, over
the summerdit was discovered
that UJAC did not have that
much money available, she
added.
DAILY OFFICIAL
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Rackham Bldg., on or before Feb.

13.

Placement Service
GENERAL DIVISION
3200 S.A.B.
The following schools will interview
prospective teachers in our office, week
of Feb.16. Info. about dates and fields
avail. in the Placement Bulletins,at
Placement 'Off., and on campus bulletin
boards.
Honolulu. Hawaii
Bakersfield, Calif. (Kern County P.S.)
Livonia, Mich.
Apena, Mich.
Orangeburg, N.Y. (S.Orangetown Cen.
S.D.)
Lansing, Mich. (Catholic Schools)
Detroit,Mich. (Catholic Schools)
Simi, Calif.
Gary, Ind.
Oak Park, Ill.
Warren, Mich.
Walled Lake, Mich.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dearborn, Mich.
Flint,. Mich.
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Appointments may be made 'beginning
Mon., Feb. 9. Call Mrs. Krieger' early.
764-7459.
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ORGANIZATION
NOTICES
U. Fellowship of Huron Hills Baptist
Church, Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m., 3150 Glacier
Way, presentation and discussion:
"Christian Perspectives on Conscientious
Objection." For transportation: 761-
6749.
6amma Delta, Feb. 8, 1511 Washte-
naw: Meet at 3:30 p.m. to go to Zion
Lutheran Church for 4:00 p.m. Choral
Eueharist, Dr. W. Harry Krieger, Jack-
son, Mich., preacher.
University Lutheran Chapel, 15-11
Washtenaw, Feb. 8. Services at 9:30 and
11, sermon by The Rev. Alfred Scheips
- "The Case for Corporate Worship"
-- Holy Communion 9:30.

UAC President Wally Strom-'
berg explains that the previous
year's officers said they ended
the fiscal year with $7000 but
in reality they had gone into
debt by $2000. He adds, that
presently UAC is also having
financial difficulty and they
were only able to contribute
$500 to the program.
The $500 given Writer-in-
Residence was matched by SGC
which is also in the red, said
Marty McLaughlin, SGC presi-
dent.
Miss Klein says, "Money has
been raised from some dorms
and possibly an additional $100
from both UAC and SGC, but
nothing *has developed so far."
Last y e a r Writer - in - Resi-
dence received $2000 from both
UAC and SGC with an addi-
tional $750 from the literary
college. But this year the lit
school has no money either. "It
was budget cuts across the
board," explains Miss Klein, that
has made so much difficulty.
But she adds that the pro-
gram has cut corners by altering
their publicity and not putting
out a booklet. The English de-
partment is procuring the rooms
for Bly to defray the expense
of rental fees.,
Bly has written Silence in the
Snowy Field, The Light Aound
the Body, and The Morning
Glory (prose poems). A lengthy
poem on Vietnam will be pub-
lished in the very near future
called The Teeth - M o t h e r
Naked at Last.
Bly is also editor of the Six-
ties magazine. In the past he
received a $5000 grant from the
government but turned it down
for political reasons, says Larry
Russ, member of the central
committee of the Writer-in-
Residence program.
While visiting campus Bly will
give two poetry readings includ-
ing one of his latest poems and
several lectures. He will also
take part in a symposium with
Donald Hall. A newly written
play by Bly will be presented
some time during his stay on
campus,

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