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Sunday Songs: Pentecost 11

Give Us the Wings of Faith to Rise

“For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.” (Hebrews 11:16)

Give Us the Wings of Faith to Rise (mp3)
GIve Us the Wings of Faith to Rise (pdf)

Phoenix

I feel the weight of your arm,
resting on my belly.
You are sound asleep.
Your breath comes in and goes
out
Like the ocean
Like laundry in a washing
machine.
You are my phoenix, waiting to
be reborn—
My sleeping dragon,
And I
Am your pile of ashes,
Your hoard of gold.
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Ephemera

On Friday 23 July, I attended a peformance of Christian Marclay’s “Ephemera” at the Whitney Museum. “Ephemera” consists of fragments from Marclay’s collection of clippings, candy wrappers, ads, and sundry disposable printed items decorated with musical notes, assembled into a score that can be organized and interpreted using one or more instruments. John Zorn and company played a crisp 30-minute set as they translated this graphic score into sound.

To the ensemble’s left, a long wall of the gallery had been converted into a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard with musical staves, on which the public was invited to scribble away – you can get an impression of it here.  This visual accompaniment served as an apt counterpoint to the improvised utterances of the performers. Amidst the spiky experimentation, though, moments of gentle lyricism and transparent fragility emerged.  Sylvie Courvoisier’s mastery of the piano (both inside it’s belly and on the keyboard) was especially apparent throughout this set.  And I swear I heard Mr. Zorn quote the melody to “Silent Night.”

For more photos from this festival, check out the Flickr group the Whitney set up.  Below is video of the performance courtesy of The Awl:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The Marclay Festival is up until September 26 – if you’re in the greater New York area, I recommend checking it out.  (PS when you go, work your way back to the chill lounge room– complete with white sofas & carpeting– for a Christian Marclay listening session.)

Sunday Songs: Pentecost 10

Scanned by Simon Cooke

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

“For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart…” (Ecclesiastes 2:22)

With all due respect to Herr Johann Sebastian, here is this week’s submission in the Sunday Song series:

Jesus Priceless Treasure (mp3)
Jesus Priceless Treasure (pdf)

Monthly Monologues: July

Female Monologue from Two Thumbs Up

“Don’t you walk out on me!  I just proposed to you.. . . .”

Female Monologue from Two Thumbs Up

Two Thumbs Up full text

Coke-commercial man

He had
The elegance
Of self-rolled cigarettes
The skin-thin paper
Twisted at the end
Played the guitar—
Of course
Played in a sort of off-hand way
Casual
So casual
Ah, he was my Coke-commercial man
Selling music on the road
Road tripping America
On weed and wheels
Windows open
Sweating in the dusty wind
Blue cotton collared shirt
Flapping
White clouds
Cigarettes
Blue sun
Sky
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.