Seasons

 

 

“Seasons” ~ Chris Cornell      (Singles Soundtrack)

Summer nights and long warm days
Are stolen as the old moon falls
My mirror shows another face
Another place to hide it all
Another place to hide it all

And I’m lost, behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Sleeping with a full moon blanket
Sand and feathers for my head
Dreams have never been the answer
And dreams have never made my bed
Dreams have never made my bed

And I’m lost, behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Now I want to fly above the storm
But you can’t grow feathers in the rain
And the naked floor is cold as hell
This naked floor reminds me
Oh the naked floor reminds me

And I’m lost, behind
Words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

If I should be short on words
And long on things to say
Could you crawl into my world
And take me worlds away
Should I be beside myself
And not even stay

And I’m lost, behind
Words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Heart needs to sing. At the memorial at KEXP yesterday, a former well-known DJ from the 90s named Riz made a touching and funny speech about his experience meeting Chris Cornell. Toward the end, he told the audience to pick a Soundgarden song and make it theirs…just not Black Hole Sun. Haha. Too late, I already did that one on harmonium. 🙂

The song that was most poignant yesterday was Chris Cornell’s acoustic version of “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, a song from his time with Temple of the Dog, the mash-up group that included members of Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden to honor the passing of Andrew Wood of heroin addiction, former lead singer of Mother Love Bone and roommate to Chris.

Chris’ voice is truly incomparable. The tributes from fellow rock stars and musicians across the world speak wonders to his innate talent, his powerful soul, and his generous and tender spirit.

This is my version on harmonium, with a pretty hilarious cat cameo from my sweet Cotton who has just had surgery this week and is wearing a cone on her head. Girl just needed a lap.

Here are a couple version of this song from Chris. Just listen to his ethereal soul-stirring voice. The man forced you to stop and pay attention with every song he sang.  Do listen as well to his cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U.  The voice. The voice. THE voice.

Videos after the lyrics:

Please, mother mercy
Take me from this place
And the long winded curses
I keep hearing in my head
Words never listen
And teachers never learn
Now I’m warm from the candle
But I feel too cold to burn
He came from an island
And he died from the street
He hurt so bad like a soul breaking
But he never said nothing to me

So say hello to heaven
So say hello to heaven


New like a baby
Lost like a prayer
The sky was your playground
But the cold ground was your bed

Poor stargazer
She’s got no tears in her eyes
Smooth like whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time

Now it seems like too much love
Is never enough, you better seek out
Another road ’cause this one has ended abrupt

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of things we’ll never do
So I blow out the candle, and

I put you to bed
Since you can’t say to me
Now how the dogs broke your bone
There’s just one thing left to be said:

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

~ Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden

The Lady of Shalott

Does anyone listen to these any more or are you all sick of me? 🙂

This is for the wonderful Eric at My Sword and Shield.  I think it was a request, or did I suggest it…I can’t remember. Ah well.

I love Loreena McKennitt and this song is a beauty…and a beast. 11 minutes full length, so I had to truncate it. 🙂 This was what I could get done today.

Hope you like it! Probably one of the tougher vocal challenges I’ve had.

And Cotton had to cameo…again. Somehow I still managed.

Know the Wild that Wants You

 

Not long ago, I revived my listening of Iron & Wine when I bought one of his albums for my turntable. I saw him perform live once, and the man is talented, not only in his musicianship, but his lyrics and story telling.

This renewed interest had me checking up on what albums of his I may have missed in recent years. Turns out last year he released a joint album with Jesca Hoop, who is also amazing. Her voice is wonderful and well, the two of them together is a match made in heaven.

So I offer you my attempt at a cover of their song “Know the Wild that Wants You” of their album “Love Letter For Fire”…one I highly recommend. And also, Jesca’s latest album “Memories are Now” is incredibly unique and worth the buy. She came to Seattle recently, but I missed it, unfortunately.

You can check out a great Tiny Desk concert they did together for NPR to see what I mean about their voices. And they do sing the song I just covered (lyrics below video):

 

“Know the Wild that Wants You” ~ Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

when you were a boy you stuck
your thumb inside the light
morning bottle warm
holy compass ready you would run into the wild
into the wild
gathered in its arms
in its arms
in its arms

when you’re in the city you’re
a tangled native tongue
another tongue eating fear for free
know the wild that wants you
know you’re not another pillow on
a gun drifting off to sleep
and come home
and come home

feel your own bones say “heal yourself, yourself”
hear your own heart moan
“love yourself, yourself”

when you were a girl salt was
beading down your back
and all the braids were tangled in your hair
candy for your lips and for your love
all you were given was a bruise
falling down the stairs

when you’re in the city and it’s talking to itself, to itself
stealing what you sing
know the wild that wants you
when the sun is underground
and park police are laughing off your leaves

hear your own bones say “heal yourself, yourself”
hear your own heart moan
“love yourself, yourself
and come home, and come home
and come home, and come home”

Read more:  Sam Beam – Know The Wild That Wants You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Release

My version of “Release” by Pearl Jam. First attempt, practicing.

Felt I needed to honor my hometown boys, Pearl Jam, who are being inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Brooklyn. They certainly deserve it. And what a time to be a teenager in Seattle, growing up in the height of the “grunge” scene. I will never forget the energy in the city. Congratulations to Eddie and the crew!

Bonny Portmore

This one is a surprise for a friend, she’s expecting a song from me (does that negate the surprise? Hm). One of my favorite Irish traditional folk songs. I am trying to do my best Loreena McKennitt impression. I hope it passes. 🙂

This song has an interesting history. As you can read a little here, “it laments the demise of Ireland’s old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes.” [Wikipedia]

It’s a beautiful song. And the harmonium is perfect here as it does a great job of its own impression, that of a bagpipe. I could almost see myself there in Ireland. Someday.

So this is dedicated to my friend, and all my other friends who identify with this song, or Ireland, or Loreena — and it’s dedicated to our planet who needs us now more than ever.

Em

Afraid of Everyone

My poet friend, S. Francis of Sailor Poet, introduced me to this song by The National recently. I looked it up on YouTube and watched them perform it on Letterman some years ago, and what do I see first? One of the band members playing…harmonium! It was the first time I’ve ever seen a harmonium used in popular music, aside from my own experimenting. Pretty damn cool.

Hope you like my version. 🙂

And do check out their performance posted below, and see the harmonium in action on late night television.  And and…also pay a visit to Sailor Poet for some great poetry on his unique page.

Thanks!

~ Em

 

 

Then I’m radio and then I’m television
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
Lay the young blue bodies, with the old red violets
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort,
I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

I defend my family with my orange umbrella
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my shiny new star spangled tennis shoes on
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort,
I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out
I don’t have the drugs to sort it, sort it out, sort it out

You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul
You’re the voice that’s swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Soul soul soul soul soul