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Awake w/Heightened & willnlf


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bud

 Genre: Spoken Word-Poetry

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Heightened sent me a track recently to collab on - but I was so taken by it's beauty and simplicity that I was hard pressed to play over it or even sing a melody.

Meanwhile - people have been remarking on the poetry of my brother Will's lyrics - so it seemed only right to read a recent poem along with Joe's track.

Joe's music went on to develop into a longer, wonderful and more complex piece of music that I hope he develops further. I used the beginning only and added just a few tweaks and and one synth line towards the end. If you're not familiar with his music - check it out - Heightened
- it's great.


Here's another example of Will's poetry in a musical setting - Times Square 2005
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Lyrics
Awake


heart beating
beneath laced fingers

quiet rise and
fall of breath

sunlight streaming
through the blinds

sparrows chirping
faintly on the fence

morning doves cooing
in the lemon tree

woodpecker tattooing
a utility pole

surface traffic
sighing past the window

steady hum of freeway
in the distance

eyes open

awake!


© Will Jones 2007
Song Stats
Hits: 3418
Comments: 33
Fans: 18
Plays: 107
Downloads: 133

Uploaded: Jan 05, 2008 - 07:04:07 PM
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2008 - 08:01:34 PM Last Played: Oct 13, 2016 - 12:24:01 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Awake
Impressive .. I loved the way of the spoken words
the song bed just fabulous ..an awsome colab
thnx alot for sharin !!
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bud said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
You're a good friend Feter
always ready to lend and ear. Thanks for stopping by.
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said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Very cool
Hightened is a great musician You did justice to his song your brothers lyrics and your spoken word bring it to another place!!! Enjoyed!
bud said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Thnaks Tim
Heightened does have the right stuff. I just thought this would be an interesting change.
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Joe Brady said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Nicely done.......
Good jobs all around. You're becoming a vocal artist. Will's poetry is so accessible.

Joe
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bud said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Thanks Joe
I'm lucky to have words to work with whenever I can find my voice.
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Vic Holman said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
good morning
now this is a nice way to wake up.

I can practically smell the coffee brewing.
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bud said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Howdy Vic
come on in for a cup - there's always a chair at the table for you.
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willnlf said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Bud
Thanks for recognizing the connection between Joe's music and my poem. They work very well together and your reading is right on. Nice when it's easy once-in- a-while.
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bud said 3552 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Glad you approve -
I'd been looking for the right vehicle for this one for a while - Joe's track had the right feel I think.
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echoroom said 3552 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Awake
Wonderful imagery - this works perfectly with the soundtrack - beautiful and human. I think my fav line is the
woodpecker tattooing
a utility pole

fantastic

steve
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bud said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Thanks Steve -
Nice of you to stop by - hope you're enjoying Berlin.
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Moviz said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Very subtle
music which seems descriptive of the hubbub of life going on through an open window maybe and the poetry almost as a commentary, does sit very well here, regards M
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bud said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
I think Heightened's track
is the key to this thing working - I love it. Thanks for commenting Maurice.
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lengold said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
H's music
has been a favoutite of mine for quite a while. It was a great idea to take it to another level, wilf's poetry and your vocal do that superbly,
Cheers
Len


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bud said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Glad you approve Len
I thought I'd try something a little different.
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said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
So many songs to listen to, so little time.....
That insistent vocal delivery (emotionless, but rhythmic) has a surprising amount of weight. Very delicately structured music (could be an Eno LSP), too. All in all, a very satisfying listen. Thank you.
bud said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Thanks Sonny
I'm trying to get a gig as a mac voice for speech text. Eno has already made a mac alert sound.
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thoddi said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
ears listening
Cool way to describe the awakening process one morning. Recognizing the things I listen for when I'm about to open my eyes. The traffic in the distance, the birds singing and so on. The words seems to have a good match in the chosen piece of music. Easy and relaxed just as the morning sounds usually tend to be... Well done!
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bud said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
I really appreciate you taking the time
to listen and comment. Gotta drop by and see what's up at your place.
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SmokeyVW said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
a moment in time
i really enjoy the be-here-now feeling of this.

the words and music are meant for each other

nice job everyone!

thanks


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guitapick said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
What's so nice...
...is the matching of the simplicity between lyrics and soundtrack behind them. Very nicely done, Kevin, Will, and Heightened. Seamless blend of poetry in sound.
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Ed Hannifin said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
That one moment...
...perfectly, photographically, auditorily captured...
eleveneyes said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
eleven eyes open
wow. this really works.
great stuff here. Illustrative both in word and sound.
Nice work!
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Dj French Toast said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
woodpecker tattooing a utility pole
Indeed awake my friend herenow : )
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willnlf said 3551 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
Thanks
to all for listening and hearing. Peace in the New Year.
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racerat said 3550 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
the poetry
the poetry sets up the music in the beginning and then gets out to let the music continue to paint a picture that is soothing, uncertain and pensive. A great departure and a wonderful add to your catalog.
Philip
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DWL said 3550 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Works for me
A great start to the day.

Everything fits together very well.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3549 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Chill Urban Stillness
There's a certain stillness that big cities have at a certain hour just before dawn... (or as still as any big city can ever be). Once, about twenty-five years ago, I took a wee-hours bus into Toronto that arrived around four-thirty am. Instead of heading home, I just walked out of the station downtown, and marveled at a city that seemed so still and quiet in that cold, pre-dawn winter light. There was virtually no traffic, and the only movement was steam rising out of manhole covers on Young Street. I found an all-night coffee shop and sat next to a window until the first bus grunted by, and then... it was over.

This music reminds me of that morning. Also, love the woodpecker too - your bro is indeed a poet of spare colours.

How can you be so prolific? (laugh) As ever, great stuff, Bud... thanks for the moment.
willnlf said 3549 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Rik
There's a great poem by Wordsworth - Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 - where he describes London at dawn just before it comes to life. Very similar to what you experienced. Check it out, and thanks for checking out Awake.
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Scott Carmichael said 3545 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
a perfect blend...
of ambient and poetry... It's Saturday morning and the house is quiet... and I'm watching the sky brighten over the lake as i listen... this just hit me right... I'm pretty sure i don't even want to listen to anything else now
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rtcooper said 3545 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
DAZZLER
ALL CYLINDERS.

Cooper
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Roxylee said 3536 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
These go very well together
The music is perfect for the poem, and you speak it with just the right voice. :-)
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