Tuesday, August 20, 2013
O'Hara, Alias, Mitchell
J. Goldsmith has been a wealth of random connections. First, he went to school with Zambreno's husband. Called her sweet, if I recall correctly. And then, when I showed him that great video of Mary Margaret O'Hara singing "When You Know Why You're Happy" on Night Music, he pointed out that that was Don Alias rattling those shakers on the drum kit behind her. Don Alias, master player of the congas and hand drums, collaborator of Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, and Lou Reed. Oh and boyfriend of Joni Mitchell- when she made Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, Mingus, and Shadows. Story goes that Joni painted a huge portrait of Alias in a robe with a massive erection and hung it in the living-room of their Manhattan apartment. Alias, uncomfortable with the blatant display of his sexual prowess, especially when their friends came over, asked her to take it down. She didn't see what the big deal was, remarking that it was only a celebration of him. She did her best to compile, changing the erection to a flaccid penis, though still disturbingly large!