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Day 22: 365 “Circle Songs”

Thought I’d shake things up a little tonight and use a poem by Sylvia Plath.  This one’s called “Mad Girl’s Love Song” and is deliciously dramatic…

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

 

Definitely listen to this one with headphones…

Circle 22

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

Day 17: 365 “Circle Songs”

I went to the vocal improvisation group tonight, the first time I’ve been able to go since the time which started this whole 365 shenanigans.  I needed it; it reminded me why I’m doing this.  It also reminded me how much I need other people, to stretch and inspire and share. So thanks guys.  And here’s a circle song.

Circle 17

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

Day 11: 365 Circle Songs

Was just thinking about how much I like Early Music, and how the sound of parallel fifths is a big part of the “feel” of it.  The parallel fifths lend a haunting quality to it and often the addition of parallel fifths or fourths to a piece of music will remind one, consciously or subconsciously, of monks in a monastery somewhere, long ago.  Then, oddly, this circle song popped out, which not only features perfect fifths, but is based on a well-known phrase called “Dies Irae,” the wrath of God.  It is a Gregorian chant subject, and numerous classical pieces were written on it- one by Liszt, a movement of Mozart’s Requiem.  This circle doesn’t sound like any of those things, I don’t think.  Which is kind of interesting to me in and of itself…

Circle 11

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

Day 5: 365 “Circle Songs”

Over the course of the past two years my taste in music has changed a bit.  I crave dissonance more than before, my cheese-o-meter is even more sensitive.  This circle song, however, is right in my pocket, in the core of my musical taste.  I’m learning, though, I need to “stay out of my own way” a bit when I sing the solo part.  I’ll be working more on that over the next bunch of these!

This one has some totally random words that popped out of my subconscious.  For those of you that like to know the words and may not be able to understand me, they are:

“There are a hundred lights shining in the bay.  There are a hundred hearts breaking for today.”

Circle 5

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt