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This is my reading of “COLOURS”by the famous Russian poet YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO.

For a while I had thought of doing an EMBER (famous DRAKONIS ambient piece) and this poem fit the length as well as the mood. I know little about this poet, but here is my quite imaginary take: He is a poor, lonely writer, living in a crummy room where he spends his days lost in thoughts and words. At a concert he meets a beautiful ballerina, who falls in love with his hauntingly sad countenance and clumsy innocence. He adores her, but knows he cannot sustain this love, as he is a loner and cannot fit into the high society life she leads. His awe is mingled with dread, for he knows his time with her will be short.

For the real picture of his life, read here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgeny_Yevtushenko

Many thanks to Drakonis for his most excellent tech assistance, and for composing the original Ember, which can be found on his page:

http://www.macjams.com/artist/drakonis
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Colours - by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

When your face appeared
over my crumpled life
at first I understood
only the poverty of what I have.
Then its particular light
on woods, on rivers, on the sea,
became my beginning in the coloured world
in which I had not yet had my beginning.

I am so frightened, I am so frightened,
of the unexpected sunrise finishing,
of revelations and tears
and the excitement finishing.

I don't fight it, my love is this fear,
I nourish it who can nourish nothing,
love's slipshod watchman.
Fear hems me in.
I am conscious that these minutes are short
and that the colours in my eyes will vanish
when your face sets.

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Uploaded: Nov 14, 2006 - 07:19:32 PM
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2006 - 10:32:17 PM Last Played: Oct 18, 2015 - 09:56:31 AM
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drakonis said 3876 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
sheesh... shivers
This is really astounding, for several reasons. First of all, your careful additions of strings starts right off giving this an intentionally awkward uneasy feel, perfect for the poem to follow. Then your reading of this is very well done... the almost whispered tentativeness carries the emotions nicely. And the poem especially the last two lines, reminds me a bit of a poem I wrote long ago called "The Sunset"... I'll have to send it to you sometime for comparison. I'd never heard of him before, but I enjoyed reading the wikipedia article, especially about his short poem about the Amazon. What a wonderful poem, and so nicely framed in Ember. I still think the echo could have been turned up a little more on the clock ticking, but that's about all I can critique on this... Brava!
ttfn,
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Roxylee said 3876 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Ahhh...
Thank you, Eduard. I'm glad you liked what I did with your Ember. How many are there now? I'd love to see your Sunset poem. Maybe you'll record it for us sometime. :-)

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SmokeyVW said 3876 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
tick tick
nice selection: this poem is so multifaceted - a spiritual awakening - symbolic of one of many transitions in life - of life overall - and just an ordinary day - all rolled into one. wow.

and your musical treatment fits it very well.

so dark.
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Roxylee said 3876 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Thanks, Bill
Yes, Ember, at least to me, is a dark melody, so it needed words thst fit. I picked this poem because it fit the mood as well as the length of Ember.
I mostly do happy music, but life isn't always happy. The poets write what we all have felt at one time or another. Thanks for listening. :-)

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RickW said 3875 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Haunting...
and sad.
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Roxylee said 3875 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Yes, Rick
I tried to capture the moods of the words, which are bleak. Life is sometimes sad, but as long as we don't stay in that place, we're fine. I'll make my next song a happy one. :-)

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SmokeyVW said 3875 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
i like it even better today
yeah it's dark, but not without hope. & today i'm thinking this is like:

1. being born, and in childhood then realizing all the beauty around us

2. becoming an adult, with *all* that entails, plus seeing that childhood is gone

3. becoming old, and facing the reality of one's mortality.

and now i feel your music fits and emphasizes this so well, it's like the phrase "your face" holding it together, framing it, and making it have full meaning.

very very cool!
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Roxylee said 3873 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Oh, thank you, Bill
I really tried to get the phrasing right , to match the feeling of what the words were trying to convey. I'm really touched that it gave you so many images.

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Cori Ander said 3875 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
A wonderful thing
A wonderful thing. You have really choosed the poem well. It speaks so much and gives me so many moods and visions.

Very well crafted musically. In my ears the arrangement is like nothing but perfect, can't see how it could have been better.
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Roxylee said 3874 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Wow, thank you, Curry!
I'm so glad you liked the arrangement. I wanted to add a little to Drak's melody without taking anything from it. I feel very honored and delighted to get a rating like this- it's the first time. Thank you very much! :-)

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Scott Carmichael said 3873 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
This Kind of Pain
Has produced some of he most universally understood art... I think all of us have a nerve that this touches... you really bring it home here Rox with your performance... your reading of the poem turned it into your vision or "Imaginary take" If you ever get a chance... listen to "Turn of the Century" by Yes... Rowan's lover dies, and he locks himself in his room to sculpt her... a very moving piece... it's brought me to tears more than once

great work here
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Roxylee said 3872 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
Thank you, Scott
Yes, a lot of great poetry and music is written out of pain, longing, suffering., ie Joni Mitchell's songs. We have all been there and can relate on some level. I'll have to check out "Turn of the Century." Thank you for listening. :-)

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perceptualvortex said 3873 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Excellent
Excellent use of Ember... I always felt that this song is right for spoken word, and you demonstrated that well here! Ember and Saturnine must be the most remixed songs on this site. Nice version, Roxylee!
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Roxylee said 3872 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
Saturnine...
I didn't know about this and will go check it out, thanks! Yes, Ember was the perfect vehicle for a reading of this poem. Thank you for stopping by, David.

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perceptualvortex said 3872 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
Roxylee
There's a list of Saturnine mixes here, if you're interested:

http://www.macjams.com/artist/the+orbiting

Keep on jammin'!
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Roxylee said 3869 days ago (November 21st, 2006)
Thanks!
I'll go have a listen. :-)

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said 3873 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Wow...
...this is a stunning reading. Beautiful music. Ominous and yet strangely warmed with a flickering hope....

Good call Roxy. This poem fits the music and your vox quite well.

Take care!
Roxylee said 3872 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
Hello, Mike!
I'm glad you liked this. I love being able to explore musically, to branch out in here. MacJammers are the best. Thank you for listening, and i'm looking forward to our next collab. BTW, your and Vic's HRS rocks!

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Henke said 3873 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Great reading
I especially appreciate your voice recording since I've tried some myself tonight and feel it is not very easy... The line with I am so frightened... sent shivers down my spine and alost made me cry. And Ember of course is a great piece, one of my absolute favorites on MJ. You have done a great job with it and it is a certain fav and dl for me. Big thanks for sharing!
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Roxylee said 3872 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
I'm touched
Thank you, Henrik. Ember was just right for this one. I'm glad the emotions of the poem came through. Yes, it isn't that easy to capture someone else's work in a reading, and I am encouraged that I somehow managed it. Thank you so much for your kind words. I just heard your latest and it's really good. Thank you for sharing your poem with us. :-)

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EMP said 3869 days ago (November 21st, 2006)
Spooky
Your vocal captures the feeling of the poem. Very moving.

Great Work.
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Roxylee said 3869 days ago (November 21st, 2006)
Thanks, Gary
Yeah, it was kinda spooky, wasn't it. I'll blame it all on Ember. <G>

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said 3863 days ago (November 27th, 2006)
Good Job!
I love poetry and this posem is a great choice you recite it with conviction
Roxylee said 3861 days ago (November 29th, 2006)
Thank you, Tom
This was the perfect poem for Ember, and i could relate to it. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

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said 3861 days ago (November 29th, 2006)
Wow
This is such a beautiful piece.

Fabulous.
Roxylee said 3799 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
Ahhh... thank you
I was unsure about attempting to read a famous poem, but all the encouragements make me want to try doing more spoken pieces. Thank you for listening. :-)

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Boris the Bull said 3799 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
one of the most wonderful things about MacJams is randomly finding artists and music which cause me to stop for 3 minutes or so and just listen, intently, and refocus on someone else's thoughts, ideas, life.

here, i cannot interrupt you, i cannot engage you, i can't even offer advice to you. this is the meaning of "listening" and after listening to this i felt as though i just had a one-on-one meeting with someone whom i never met, but whom i've just given my complete, full, and undivided attention. for me, this is rare because i love to engage and discuss. so, to sit and thoughtfully listen, it was me that was engaged.

a thoughtful and sentimental piece. thank you!
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Roxylee said 3799 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
I can tell
you have a poet's soul. Yes, it is true- here in MacJams we can listen intently, focus on someone's hearfelt words, and forget about chores and bills and all that stuff that we are immersed in when we are not in the music. I'm glad you chanced upon my page, and now i will go hear what you have written. Thank you for commenting, and I'm glad this touched you.

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Boris the Bull said 3799 days ago (January 30th, 2007)
more...
chores and bills... hehe! have an "amen," on me!

thanks for <i>your</i> comments, as well!
looking forward to what you do next!

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said 3428 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Yev- Ember.

Very good captures my imagination

a very haunting melody and fits your voice.
I also like the strings too. And the clock ticking.
thank you.
Roxylee said 3428 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Thank you, Dee
Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to your first song. :-)
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said 3428 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Thanks.

Thanks
How can I possibly match that.
However, I create music for fun and pleasure as most of us I expect do so.
in the main that is? I will do my best.

Anyhow pleased to meet you. What can I say about Feter that you do not already know. WOW ! what a fantastic cool guy. He continues to inspire me too. All the time too. And nothing is too much trouble for him.

Peace

Dee.
Barretok said 3423 days ago (February 10th, 2008)
Yes!
Spoken word is always a challenge. Very good background music you picked. Of course the word pulls you into your inner journey/tale.
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Roxylee said 3048 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Sorry, I missed this!
Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed this. :-)
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Char said 3053 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
You did a
well thought out reading. It sounds as if it was meant to be together with Ember.
Thanks.
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Roxylee said 3048 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Thank you, Char
It came to mind that it would fir the music well, so i gave it a shot. I'm happy to be part of the Ember Club. :-)
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