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Wow, it's been a long time since I posted a batch of songs here — more than 2.5 very eventful years, about which I have said more elsewhere. During that time I have written fewer songs than I might wish (I am afraid this is a side effect of being sane), but I have written some, and I also have a huge backlog of songs written, perhaps posted to my songs page, but not mentioned or discussed here. I will post them in several batches, to give you all plenty of time to comment, because I miss getting comments on my songs.

So, without further ado, some songs:

Broken Dreams of Uplift (mp3) was written one day when I got "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day stuck in my head. I looked up the chords online, and when I started playing them, I realized they were the same as the chords to Uplift by Andy Eigel. It's meant to be sung against the verses of "Uplift" (as you can hear — if you want to hear just my lyrics, listen with just your right ear), but with its own bridge and coda. The lyrics focus on the downsides of the inexorable progress of civilization, as a counterpoint (not a refutation) to the more positive lyrics of "Uplift".

The Withinward Garden (mp3) is a sort of meditation. As I've mentioned before in connection with "The Secret of the Festival of Sandcastles", I have a thing for miniature landscapes — a mountain in a stone, a chain of islands in a tidal flat, a forest in a patch of moss, a river running down a path after rain. This song is a journey into a miniature landscape, and is (like "Secret") recursive. Somehow I find the idea of a landscape endlessly repeating at all scales to be comforting and grounding. Maybe you will, too. This is one of the first songs I wrote after All That Shit Happened.

A Mazing Grace (mp3) is another meditation, this time on the Labyrinth. It imagines life as a twisty maze of little passages, all different, marked out in "loops and whorls" tattooed on Our Mother (Earth and Goddess)'s skin, and invites us to savor those wonders and blessings that we can most easily find when we get a little turned around or lost. I was a little crazy when I wrote this, but I think it holds up well — certainly, it has remained close to my heart and been a source of comfort during my recovery.

What's the Rule Now? (mp3) is a mathematical parody of "Martin Said to His Man", a medieval drinking song which I learned from the amazing Heather Dale. In the original, each verse competes to deliver the most ridiculous drunken tall tale. In the parody, each verse introduces a mathematical constant and a "well-thunken" (a past participle of "think") rule for its definition or application. "Martin" here is, of course, Martin Gardner. Please feel free to add or suggest additional numerical constants (or other mathematical topics) — a song like this can always accommodate another verse or two or many.

I've also posted a new mp3 of Altar of Fire, perhaps the only neopagan stir-fry song in the world — I had updated the lyrics some time ago, but hadn't gotten around to re-recording it until now.

Enjoy!

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Date: 2013-11-12 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hms42
Thank you!

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Date: 2013-11-12 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eclectic-boy.livejournal.com
For "What's the Rule Now", how about the number of colors needed for a map? Or (if you can figure out a way to deal with its many-syllabled nature), Feigenbaum's constant of self-similarity in fractals and bifurcation diagrams?

If you extend to physics, of course there are c, G, and h...

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Date: 2013-11-12 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hillarysherwood.livejournal.com
Thank you for posting these. It's good to hear you sing again, even if it's virtually.

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Date: 2013-11-12 02:06 pm (UTC)
madfilkentist: Photo of Carl (Default)
From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
I'll be putting a bunch of these on my iPad. Thanks!

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Date: 2013-11-12 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wayman.livejournal.com
One of these upcoming cold evenings, I shall put a bunch of logs in the stove, make a pot of tea, and have a listening-fest of these (and also a whole raft of concertina videos that have piling up in my queue lately). I'm really looking forward to these, thank you!!

Also, what's your preferred medium (and address) for correspondence / chats these days?

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Date: 2013-11-13 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orawnzva.livejournal.com
The best way to get ahold of me under most circumstances is email, and any address you are likely to have for me should still be good (they all go to the same place). I've been meaning to get back in touch with you as well.

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Date: 2013-11-12 03:04 pm (UTC)
zdenka: Miriam with a tambourine, text "I will sing." (Music)
From: [personal profile] zdenka
It's good to see you posting songs again.

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Date: 2013-11-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] debka-notion.livejournal.com
It's great to hear from you again. I'm looking forward to the new music.

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Date: 2013-11-14 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batyatoon
HURRAY! *downloads like the wind*

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Date: 2013-11-15 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zentinal.livejournal.com
Yayyyyy! Good to hear you singing again!

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Date: 2013-11-26 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annonynous.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you. Listening to your singing brightened up my evening. I had my usual trouble listening to your verses against the verses of the original Uplift, but it became a lot clearer when I listened to the *left* speaker. The Windward Garden is not quite fractal, but it is a comforting little world(s). A Mazing Grace does indeed hold up well and I can easily see it being a source of comfort. I've heard you sing What's The Rule Now a couple of times and, with my math and physics knowledge being as limited as they are, It makes little sense to me. And I got a nice chuckle out of Altar of Fire, which is too rare for your songs. Eh. Four out of five ain't bad.

And I just found out that LJ's Spellcheck dictionary ain't got ain't in it. [g]

Thanks and, more?
Ann O.
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