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

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

Kiss Me Quick

 

Kiss Me Quick ~ Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

Kiss me quick while you still can
I’m a heart with a heavy hand
Every morning horn is a crown of thorn;
Every breath is a wedding band
You could roll your eyes
You could play for time
You could weep the sun light down
Won’t you kiss me quick while you still can;
And we’ll find a night with you

We’ll build our house in a field of gold;
And the mountains tumbling down
And blocks the road

We’ll turn each rock into a stepping stone;
And fumble around the failing stars
On the way back home

Kiss me quick while you still can
I’ll atone for the wicked truth
Every Autumn takes what the summer makes
And we will to the living proof
You could pull the tide;
Build a wall inside;
You could drift and draw like milk

Won’t you kiss me quick;
While you still you still can and
I’ll meet you inside me

Kiss me quick while you still can
Kiss me quick while you still can
Kiss me quick while you still can

Sailor to Siren

 

Sailor to Siren by Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

 

This tenderness comes as a surprise
Drinking where the riverbed was dry
Trees in the wind trembling with love

Mad morning light drew you out the door
Mama didn’t need you anymore
She pointed at night but you saw the stars

Brace yourself and nestle into me
Bear it all like fallen autumn leaves
You don’t even know me that well

Now every blossom’s ready to explode
Rooted in the cracks along the road
The world is a dream that wiggled free

Wild distant water showed me where to run
Papa let me know I’m not enough
He took out the life and left me the hole

Are you the sailor or the siren in the tide
Trusts a tiny ocean and besides
You don’t even know me that well

Your song is warm and coming through the wall
Hearts are thrown to strangers after all
You don’t even know me that well

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

 

Crazy

 

My dad raised me on country music. Patsy was one of his favorites. Good memories of living room dancing with him and his baritone voice crooning in my ear…

One of the greatest songs ever, hard to sing, and written by Willie Nelson.

 

For you, Dad.

(no, he doesn’t read my blog…I don’t think. 😉 I’ll FB him.)

P.S. Patsy Cline made this look so easy.