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 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