Monthly Archives: July 2013

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 10: 365 “Circle Songs”

OK this is worse than I feared.  Ten days in and it’s already feeling like a prison sentence.  Maybe I’m just having a particularly uninspired day, but I’m just not feeling it.  I guess today’s circle can be distinguished by the fact that it was improvised without an ounce of premeditation; I pressed “record” without the faintest clue of what I was about to sing.  Then for some reason that is as yet unclear to me I decided the solo voice absolutely must sound “silly” in some way.  And… wa-la!

Circle 10

-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 8: 365 Circle Songs

I spent the whole day glazing in the ceramics studio in a mad rush to get things ready for the next kiln firing.  By the end I was was seriously, well, glazed over and had a massive headache…  This circle song is surely a symptom of all of the various dusts I breathed in today.  I feel like it’s missing a part though…  Can you fill in the gap?

Circle 8.

-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