Category Archives: Classical Influences

Day 28: 365 “Circle Songs”

We’re moving in a couple of days and the apartment is in upheaval.  My older son is away, my younger son’s beloved summer camp just ended yesterday and it’s no wonder he’s having trouble sleeping.  After 10 minutes of trying to get him settled in his bed, I invited him to snuggle up to me on the couch while I record my circle song.  So that’s where he is, and that’s the impetus for this particular installment.

Circle 28

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

Day 27: 365 “Circle Songs”

Wow.  So this is the first one I’ve actually ever fallen asleep while recording!  Plus, I barely have a voice; I should have done a style where the rasp in my voice was a benefit.  As is, I’m going to have to re-do this one at one point.

It’s got random words I made up on the spot.  “In the sorrow, in the brightness, in the hollow wood he waits.”

Circle 27

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

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 20: 365 “Circle Songs”

Today’s circle song is definitely a product of some of the things that I’ve heard in the last few days.  On Thursday night I went to hear the wonderful Alison Wedding at the 55 Bar, and a friend of mine introduced me to Reggie Watts on Friday.  This piece is a strange combination of elements from each, and definitely a departure for me.  It gets my head bopping, though, which can’t be all bad…  Plus, enjoy my freshman effort at sort-of-beatboxing!  (Dare I say it?)

Circle 20


Day 12: 365 “Circle Songs”

I felt like adding words to this one, and the most random lyrics of a pre-existing song kept presenting themselves to my mind…  You’ll hear what I mean!

Circle 12

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt
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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 9: 365 “Circle Songs”

If you’ve ever played the highly addictive game Candy Crush, you will have surely been at least slightly tempted to spend a few dollars here and there to advance your game when it seems there could be no other possible way forward.  Most of the prices for things are between 3 and 10 dollars.  (And although I can’t find it anymore, I promise you I’ve seen insane-o things for around $40.)  ANYWAY, even if you do only spend a dollar here and there for more “lives,” it’s bound to be a slippery slope, one I’ve sworn I will never set foot on.  Hence today’s circle song.

Take that, Candy Crush.

Oh- and I like genre-mixing.  I feel like today’s offering has a bit of hand-holding going on between classical music and soul.  Maybe?

Circle 9

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt


Day 6: 365 “Circle Songs”

We spent the morning at the beach.  Despite the moderate crowd, there was a peacefulness to it.  Clouds softened the harshness of the sun… the breeze…. the whishing of the waves…











This circle song is likely inspired by that peace.

Circle 6

-Anne-Marie Hildebrandt
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