Linnet Hunter’s “I looked in the mirror”
Poetry from her “Spirit & Heart” collection, 2014.
“Moving past the mirror” (6:29 mins)
(for lap-harp, accordion, piano, 2 cymbals, congas, percussion)
I have been writing poems since I first discovered there were poems, but the ones here are not written in the way I conposed little rhymes when I was a child. The poems of my adult life appear fully formed, having gestated unseen and unknown until they suddenly arrive from Some where Else.
They come all at once, complete and can rarely be improved by my penmanship.
I have learned that when a poem calls I must stop whatever else I am doing, grasp my pen and capture them there, then, that moment. If not I will not hear them knock again.. or not that particular poem at any rate. My poems ar a gift, given to me, and now that I realise that, I am able to share them.
For this poem, I wanted to evoke the transition that comes with a shift in self perception: moving from a place of fear and entrapment to a sense of release and acceptance.
I liken that kind of inner work to the creative process of crafting something and the vulnerability and courage that are often the cohabitants of the process.
I was musicking with tension and resolve and trying to capture the transition from uncertaintity to a sense of trust, using using harmonic, chromatic and rhythmic element; I loved Linnet’s lines about wearing our experience on our bodies – our life lines – as I often feel we’re like living sculptures.
A big difference between live and recorded sound-paintings is that there’s always alot of re-working in my recorded process: striping away layers of audio to reveal different combinations, adding a bit more of this and that until it feels complete.
The live sound-painting is wholly improvised, quite theatrical and I’m limited to sounds I can make with two hands, two feet and my voice! I love BOTH 🙂
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Wishing you a fun Friday 13th WITH a full moon!