Stream of Consciousness Review: “I’m a Boy” ep by Lys Guillorn and Her Band

I’m a Boy
5-song ep
(Stream of Consciousness Review by Frank Critelli)
March, 2017

Starts strong right our of the gate. This Townshend tune sounds particularly powerfully coming from Lys Guillorn. Definitiely a cool early-60s vibe happening here. Mystery. Darkness. Importance. Melodic. Imagine Patti Smith fronted the early Who, Zombies, Jellyshirts, or Miracle Legion, and the band was from Chicago.

Lys asks, “Why did you falter?”

Then answers:

I’m a headcase.
I dreamed I was younger…I wasn’t happy as a child.
That’s how I do it – there’s nothing to it.

And that’s Right. This disc is Right.
Have you cried and danced in the rain until you couldn’t tell the difference between cool raindrops and melancholy tears? Have you cut yourself and marveled at the miraculous color and texture of your own life-force?  Stamped in muddy puddles? Stood defiantly against a raging wind? Felt the dripping emotion of this Moment? The feeling is this disc.
The final song poignantly fades to it’s final resolution, and I am reminded of Shakespeare:
(from Twelfth Night)
When that I was and a little tiny boy,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
    For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came to man’s estate,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
    For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came, alas! to wive,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
    For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came unto my beds,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
    For the rain it raineth every day.
A great while ago the world begun,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
    And we’ll strive to please you every day.