Highlights of a Low Life
Lonesome Monsters is a unique collaboration featuring widely published popular poet Bud Osborn and professional jazz musicians Graham Ord (Saxes Flutes Piano)and Paul Blaney (Acoustic Bass) Lonesome Monsters is unique because of the union achieved between words and music, rendering even more vividly the anguish, the pathos, the black humour, the violence, the everyday heartbreak and relationships. Osborn's poetry communicates directly from his experience in the depths of the street; in the desperation of the middle class; with troubled teenagers; and in the struggles of alcoholics and drug addicts towards liberation. Lonesome Monsters in it's head-on confrontation with the darkest of contemporary realities, redeems them through the beauty and power of this group's expression and vision. We are not entertainers we are purveyors of reality stripped to it's raw blue screaming naked monstrous truth and everyday beauty we cut through the divisions of class race age gender by speaking from our experience the pain the compassion the yearning for community wildly alive and yet abused and repressed in each breathing dreaming struggling hoping despairing living human being among us we are not entertainers we are liberators from the assuaging straight jacket of entertainment we are for real we are lonesome monsters.