Behind the Songs: Mixtures Poetica Preview Tracks

Previews of the tracks for the upcoming album Mixtures Poetica album are now posted on SoundCloud with more to come in the following weeks.

Mixtures Poetica is the follow up album to the previously released EP Poetic Mixtures which was an exploration of audio techniques combining poetic elements with soundscapes for mood and setting, and can be found on many platforms.

One of the things I love about Puddle of Words (written first on this very blog here) is that it really captures the essence for me of how books can pull you right into them, and the invitation to read together. Those favorite books are the ones we want our people to read and share in the story, the experience, the characters!

With Eternal Constellation, I really struggled to capture the feel and texture and delivery that I wanted for it. I woke up one morning with the idea for a stronger speaking element, and the resulting track has an irony about it that emphasizes how a step towards self-centeredness (being true to self and one’s intuition) combats people pleasing conformity, but there has to be balance so that becoming self-centered (in the selfish sense) is avoided.

I had a lot of fun making these, and enjoy listening to them. I hope you enjoy them too!

Focus

Ephemeral haze

Clear lines

Color and shape

Still draw the eyes

What is it to focus

To destroy the impression

With crisp clear facts

Outlining a true shape

Sharp edges

And mystery dispelled

Only to discover

The next ephemeral haze

New Episode of Wendy Says Things is Out Now

I’m talking about creativity, vulnerability, and living a fully realized creative life on this episode of Wendy Says Things!

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Thank you so much for supporting me, and for being patient while I’ve been settling into a new life after moving!

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I had this framed, and gave it to my college roommate, who I’m staying with for a while, and it’s hanging on a wall in her kitchen! (At least until I move into my new place :P)

Behind the Song: It Don’t Matter To Me – Rosalie Robison

“‘It Don’t Matter To Me’ was originally written as a poem, yet the music behind it stayed lodged in my head for years. I believe the words in this song were the first song lyrics I put to music. However, composing the piano accompaniment didn’t happen until recently when we recorded for the album “Patchwork Blue”. Oddly, when I retrieved this poem from an old notebook, I found other poems that also spoke song and will use these poems to create new songs.


The theme, obviously love won/lost, is universal and would appeal to that mindset. It is a song tribute to how we lose love, then find it, then lose it again, and find it again…a love song, a blues song, a heart breaker, a plea breaker. We can deny it doesn’t matter one way or another, but it does.”

Rosalie Robison

To listen on Apple or Spotify

Lyrics Here

Patchwork Blue Album

Dismantled

Apart came the cassette player

Tiny screwdriver unwinding tiny screws

The music box with the ballerina

Slowly spinning static above red satin

The fabric tugged out carefully

A mysterious mechanism released from its hold

No longer attached

Free

The work took place in secret

Spaces during times unlikely

To be distubed

Taking it all apart

How romantic

To try and see how it all worked

Springs and metal tines

And a spindle with well positioned bumps

Made music for the dancer

Why did she dance

How could she not

But

I was stymied at the circuit board

For recording every note

A small city with sculptured silver pyramids

Barrel buildings on their sides held aloft on metal legs

How poetic

To wonder what mysteries were held

In the little spaces

Colored beads of wonder

Against the green

And to put it back together

And to insure that it would work

Nothing broken

Nothing loose

No shred of evidence behind

Tiny tools were hidden

Until the next time

woman in black and white dress walking on gray concrete stairs
Photo by Ivan Samkov on Pexels.com

Less

Add courage less the fear

Love without the doubt

Thinking minus worry

Multiply your friends

Exponential family

Don’t divide to win

Art in symmetry

Asymmetrical poetry

A musical intermission

Imagine if you will

Trust and faith and hope

With every inhale love

With every exhale love

Less the pain

Less the pain

Incantations

Cast your prayers upon the wind

A pebble in the pond of hope

Sinking yet the ripples wave

Wishes to the shore

Whispers fly the atmosphere

Landing at the highest point

On spindled branches bare

Pray and pray and pray some more

Weave your spell of anguish to avoid

Chant until your voice is hoarse

Of the love you seek to claim

Bare the soul to darkened night

Awake!

Awake!

The world anew awaits

calm pond in green forest
Photo by Maria Orlova on Pexels.com

Poem October 22, 2020

Caught in the spaces between

Letters

Thoughts

Breath

A web of heart lights

Span gulfs

Flying buttresses

Holding a new pattern

Embryonic cocoon of potential

A difficult birth

Resurfacing

Harmonic knitting

Quilting and tatting

Canopy of spirit

Don’t lose heart

Swim

Murmur

Shout

Thrive