The inimitable Tav Falco has lead the unapproachable Panther Burns since the 1970s. The ditch-diggers of American music, idiosyncratic and effervescent, purveyors of arcane wisdom, Panther Burns have howled their way from Memphis out around the globe through those six decades bewitching, beguiling and sometimes bemusing fans of the blues, old soul and good old rock’n’roll. We’ve checked in with Tav often along the way. We even had a previous Christmas sojourn back in 2016. So of course we were going to ask Tav to join in with our December wide “Bunch of Five” project. Mr Falco went above and beyond and provided us with a mighty missive detailing his recent move out East and laying out his five great things… We’ve split it into 12 parts and we’re sharing it one day at a time to see everybody through into the New Year. It’s the twelve days of Tav-mas! This is the final part... If you’re just joining us you can go right back to the start here ⇒
Now on this holy day I back away from my toil at the editing bench and set aside my trimming shears as film frames fall from its twin blades – for my movie is made on black & white celluloid, rather than pale digital electronic bits. Yet I am not a wise man, nor a clever man, and I have no gifts to offer you as is the custom. I feel nothing, I believe in nothing… but, I can say a prayer for you as today we celebrate the birth of Christ and honor the savior in expectation of the Promised Land. Now I bid you adieu as who knows how or when we might meet again.
- Tav Falco, Wongamat Beach Xmas Day 2022
"Soaring upwards into dream, seeking refuge in illusions of extravagant fantasy, living alone."
- À Rebours