Bluish Hues

Bluish hues buttress the bluff
straight shot down nothing to stop
me from falling to drown
in roiling foam beating the rocks

lying supine along my spine
toes dangle in danger across the line
gazing above, the universe hangs
like a blanket of glitter, waving spacetime

the sun has set, the wind begins
to send gusts across goose pimpled skin
one sudden move and all this is gone
the edge of choice, existence is mine

I let the leaves blow off the edge
the dirt and bits of refuse left
by others who have come and gone
floating to gravity’s heavy pull zone

like a black hole event horizon
nearing the point of no return
sucking in toward the singularity
where mass combines resoundingly

pull my toes back from the ledge
another life has called me back
whatever existed exists no more
because new life has implored

“Bluish Hues” ~ AUDIO voice recording on SoundCloud

~ by Emily Clapper

2.29.16

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Black Hole Sun

This one is dedicated to Anthony, who doesn’t know it yet. But, tough, he gets a song anyway. 🙂

Also, dedicated to any rock/metal fans, or just music fans.

Inspired to do some harmonium Seattle grunge style, Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun. Born and raised in Seattle during the rise of grunge like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, etc, saw Soundgarden live in their prime.  They are named after the Soundgarden art sculpture in Magnuson Park here in Seattle, that is composed of pipes that make music when the wind blows.

I had to truly transpose this because for some reason all the chords online were off from the original song. It’s a tough song, chord-wise, unique and complex, as well for the voice.

It’s not perfect, because this is only the third run-through, and because I’m not, but I hope you enjoy…

P.S. The fuzzy thing on my lap is a fuzzy pussy, but it’s not mine, it’s my cat. 🙂

 

 

The Girl Who Burned Too Bright

She was born of fire,
the Earth quaked
on her day of birth

The world changed,
accidental delivery
of femme fatale

Sweet stature
and vivid living
drew others in

To her aural
swaths of color
radiance reflected

Magnetic morality
ethical enchantment
a soul in summer

Through all seasons
shined searing heat
of love and life

To others a gift,
an irresistible if
only, a Mecca

Tempted by her
warmth, her shine
drawn helpless

She tried to temper,
wary of her own light,
her power strong

Afraid to be herself
let go and love hard
truly trust her truth

As hot as she burned,
she feared lighting
love to ashes black

Feared scaring hearts
with love so blinding,
brightness beyond white

Like a mirror of hope,
of want and could be,
of tangible ecstasy

So palpably real
that men would
fly away

She, cursed
by her own light,
silently weeps

in her dark
lonely night

 

~ by Emily Clapper

4.21.16

Nothing Compares 2 U

This time it’s dedicated to Rita who wanted Prince on the harmonium. Well, little did I know that Prince wrote Nothing Compares 2 U as was made famous by Sinead O’Connor. It’s a beautiful song. I encourage you to listen to his version as well.

This is my feeble attempt at as close to Sinead as I can come. Be nice. 🙂 This one is also hard on the vocal cords!  I love it on the harmonium.