Thursday, August 12, 2010


Locale: Panquitch, high plains, one-horse town
in southern Utah.
POV: The Gem, movie-theater,
Above the marquee
A sign: recent,
neo-psychedelic, illuminated once.
The trim: spare, probably original,
a pathetic attempt at Alhambrian,
a failure at disguising the
bare-essential shoe-box design.

Doors: closed for good now,
though empty frames for posters and lobbies
still stare blank-eyed
into the VistaVision of a classic western sunset.
People watch movies on small screens now,
as RKO and MGM are filtered out of the air
through channels with other initials,
and from which it is easier to walk away.

The time: late October, almost Halloween.
Pan across Main Street to where:
a boy
constructs a spider web of rope
on his front porch
and tiny affable ghosts flutter
in the branches of a scrawny tree
in his front yard,
puppetmoths erratically animated
by the chilly evening winds
rummaging over the plains
from Bryce and the mountains.

His naive solitary quest for fantasy
in a bleak wintry world
tells me he would have loved
The Gem in its prime,
would probably have been seduced by (or in) it.
Now he weaves his own arachnid dreams,
delicate but strong as rope,
and probably more binding,
while the Gem watches with sightless eyes,
casting myriad musical reverberations
into the vast skies over Panquitch,
transiently Technicolored,
even than

                                        Ross Care

Poem & Photo COPYRIGHT 2010 by Ross Care 

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Most people know Tony Perkins, the actor. For better and/or worse, the actor who played Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO.

But during the 1050s Perkins, like several other young actors of the period, also had a career as a singer (and aspiring teen age heartthrob). 

Though he did not make musical films he appeared on Broadway in Frank Loesser's musical GREENWILLOW. 

He did perform a few songs in his dramatic films, including the title song in  


I did a music column for SCARLET STREET, The Magazine of Mystery and Horror, for several years.  Here is a RECORD RACK I wrote on Tony Perkins' secondary career as a singer and recording artist. He recorded mostly for RCA Victor but had one early LP on Epic. The photo on the first page is from this Epic album.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010