Spun

you spun
with a fire that blinded the sun
words flew like daggers glinting with hints of love
landing in soft tissue, piercing shrill notes
twisting three-hundred-sixty
degrees

you weaved
like a master of musical tapestry
take that minor and slip into a major key
dancing on ladders of scales, out of our reach
we gape-mouthed,
breathe

you teased
with low baritone growl seducing slow
take it up high with a silky string of flow
soul-shuddering soulful croon
there was no where to go, but
other worlds

far beyond,
we flew with you, never looking down
lighting our own lamp, into black expanse,
face-to-face in the dark we embraced
spoken in songs we counted on you
to sing

~ Emily C.

5.26.17

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Help Save Seattle’s Pearl Jam and Soundgarden Music History!

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During this week of mourning for Chris, more sad news has developed. Yesterday the news reported that the building that houses the basement where Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains all practiced as young bands in the ’90s is going to be put up for sale on the market.

It is under the Black Dog Forge ironworks company.  For decades fans have flocked from all over the world to visit the space.  It is still being used as a practice space for bands to this day. In a city that is on development steroids, it will no doubt be purchased and destroyed unless the Forge can come up with enough money to buy the building itself.

There is a Go Fund Me page where donations are being collected. Any amount is appreciated and even if they can’t reach the necessary target, the money will still go to a good cause in helping Black Dog Forge relocate.

I am going to try and find a way to share this link on some Pearl Jam fan pages in hopes that it will spread like wildfire.  I hope Eddie is aware, too, but not sure how to bring it to his attention.

If you feel you can donate anything, please do. And even just sharing the link would be a help because others may want to contribute.  You can share the Go Fund Me link, the news articles, and you can reblog this post here on WP to reach even more.

Thank you for your support with this, and for your understanding as I work through my time of sadness. I hope to be back to normal programming in the near future. Love, Em.

Save Seattle Music History!! ~ Go Fund Me fundraiser page

Help Save Grunge Landmark Black Dog Forge ~ a longstanding practice space for icons like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam  ~ The Stranger, Seattle

Black Dog Forge Building to be Sold ~ MyNorthwest.com

Long Live Rock ‘N Roll Campaign to Save Iconic Seattle Music Space ~ KIRO TV

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Nothingman

 

A song request by the awesome Matt from Standard Issued Life!  Been working on this one for a while and finally got as close to where I want to be as I can get.

Obviously, being born and raised in Seattle, I have an affinity for Pearl Jam…having grown up here during the height of grunge. And while I never got to see Pearl Jam live, I did see Soundgarden live in their prime. Pretty amazing place and time to live.

Hope you enjoy.

Em

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Nothing man ~ Pearl Jam

once divided…nothing left to subtract…
some words when spoken…can’t be taken back…
walks on his own…with thoughts he can’t help thinking…
future’s above…but in the past he’s slow and sinking…
caught a bolt ‘a lightnin’…cursed the day he let it go…
nothingman…
nothingman…
isn’t it something?
nothingman…
she once believed…in every story he had to tell…
one day she stiffened…took the other side…
empty stares…from each corner of a shared prison cell…
one just escapes…one’s left inside the well…
and he who forgets…will be destined to remember…
nothingman…
nothingman…
isn’t it something?
nothingman…
oh, she don’t want him…
oh, she won’t feed him…after he’s flown away…
oh, into the sun…ah, into the sun…
burn…burn…
nothingman…
nothingman…
isn’t it something?
nothingman…
nothingman…
coulda’ been something…
nothingman…
oh…ohh…ohh…

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. 🙂