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

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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.

❤

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

In Sound and In Silence

How many words will it take?
— should it take?

If I dance with my verbs and fertilize my nouns?
— maybe then.

If I stood on stage and acted them out?
If I stared into your glinting eyes in the crowd?
— maybe then.

What about painting adjectives colors you’ve never seen?
Yes? Sounds orgasmic? It should be.

If…if I said only one word…
would that be okay?
Maybe.

It would need to be the right one.
Which one is that?
Pick.

…..Sublime…..

If…I spoke one letter ,
could you feel it:

…..A……

I want your brain to fill in the rest
create
the poem you hear

in your chest.

What if…I said nothing?

What if I lost my voice?
What if my fingers were broken
one
by
one?

Could you feel my words anyway?

I’m speaking them a million different ways.
Let space breathe breath between.
And they will materialize before your eyes,

in sound

and

in silence.

~ Emily C.

2.24.17

The Mummers’ Dance

 

I have always loved this song, so it was a no-brainer when Rita requested my version on the harmonium. Thank you, Rita, I hope you like it. 🙂

It is a perfect song for setting the drone on the harmonium. Loved playing it…

The Mummers’ Dance ~ Loreena McKennitt

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light

We’ve been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

“A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of Our Lord’s hand”

We’ve been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

Echo

Echoes of you
I chase through
the fading day
into flooding night

In raptured tones
I call for you, home,
in lost lands far away
from where we were

Once

Upon a time
our souls met divine
and danced in sync
to our love, ricocheting

My voice pings
sings its ever evoking 
pitch to plead
your response to heed

The call

The one I will repeat
until my dying day
waiting for your
return to make us

Two echoes
chasing through
the rising day
into passionate 
night

 

~ E

10.10.16