Jul 052007
 

(There seem to have been people who were not able to listen to the song. If the player doesn’t show up or doesn’t work for you, try the link at the bottom of the post, please. Oh, and the songs starts with about 4 seconds of silence…)

Well, time to post another song. You might have noticed that the quality of the recordings is getting worse and worse. That’s because I started with something finished and now the songs I’m putting on the blog are getting sketchier and sketchier. (All the songs I have been posting so far can be seen under the label “hear me sing” in the sidebar.)

This really is like a pencil drawing compared to an oil painting. There should be an intro, there is a big drum-set-shaped hole in the middle of the whole song, there should be horns in the bridge… So, imagine the voice being warm and full, imagine the sorry excuse for an organ sound from my keyboard to be a real b3-hammond. You can also imagine that you’re sitting in a real jazz bar, sipping a glass of red wine while you’re at it.

I started writing this song when my son was ten months old in 2003. Teaching and parenting didn’t leave me with much energy for making music. So I committed to improvise on my piano and sing along with it every day. For ten minutes. When something extraordinary came up in the course of these improvisations I wrote it down.

Then life happened, nothing happened with those ideas until I started committing again two years later. Then I got stuck. My husband recommended recording what I had so far in order to be able to hear what was missing and what could be improved. So I recorded it in spring 2005. And then was now.

This is a song about how all things I create seem to be weird, alien and strange and I can’t help it. It’s also a song about that feeling of calmness and elation you get when you’re totally in the moment of creation. Here’s “Weirdness”:

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(You need Flash Player to hear it. If you can’t see a “play”-button to click on it (I have tried to fix it but I don’t really know why it didn’t work.) you can go and hear “weirdness” here.)

  15 Responses to “Hear me sing of weirdness”

  1. Thanks for the song. It is interesting to “meet” someone through voice and writings. Lovely voice.

  2. Thanks for the song. It is interesting to “meet” someone through voice and writings. Lovely voice.

  3. i can’t hear it, I don’t know why. In fact, there is just a big blank space after you say “her it is” but when I clicked on the blank space, it lit up all outlined and such, and I thought I had it. But 3 tries (at various points in the day) later, and no luck. ????

  4. i can’t hear it, I don’t know why. In fact, there is just a big blank space after you say “her it is” but when I clicked on the blank space, it lit up all outlined and such, and I thought I had it. But 3 tries (at various points in the day) later, and no luck. ????

  5. i can’t hear it….

    i can’t hear it….

    boo hoo. help me, wild woman.

  6. i can’t hear it….

    i can’t hear it….

    boo hoo. help me, wild woman.

  7. It won’t download for me Creative ……

    I so wanted to hear your voice. What a treat it would have been.

  8. It won’t download for me Creative ……

    I so wanted to hear your voice. What a treat it would have been.

  9. GORGEOUS! your voice is so lovely, and you are right, it IS where we all should be.

  10. GORGEOUS! your voice is so lovely, and you are right, it IS where we all should be.

  11. Agh. I just realised I forgot to thank you for the song. Truly haunting and beautiful. I got a lump in my throat.

    It was wonderful hearing your voice playing over my earphones at work, transporting me into a richer world.

    Please, please could I have the pencil drawing?

  12. Agh. I just realised I forgot to thank you for the song. Truly haunting and beautiful. I got a lump in my throat.

    It was wonderful hearing your voice playing over my earphones at work, transporting me into a richer world.

    Please, please could I have the pencil drawing?

  13. First, I’m happy that now you can all hear it, and second, Hel, the song is the pencil drawing. I imagine it to grow up and be a real song with real instruments in it.

    I know that it’s hard to imagine the potential of a song sketch. Not even all musicians can do this…

  14. First, I’m happy that now you can all hear it, and second, Hel, the song is the pencil drawing. I imagine it to grow up and be a real song with real instruments in it.

    I know that it’s hard to imagine the potential of a song sketch. Not even all musicians can do this…

  15. What a cool thing. Song Sketch. Thanks for sharing it.

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