12.19.2011

christmas poem.

LITTLE TREE
e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

little tree
little silent christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you so very sorry to come away?
see       i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid

look             the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to
                                          shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy
                                            threads,

put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"noel noel"

12.15.2011

biophilia review.

i phone app


the set up


in concert


i have had time to process this album, and i have to say that i am amazed once again. i can't decide if this latest work is a technological marvel, performance art work, a massive science project (sponsored by national geographic!) or just great pop music. she has broken new ground in all four areas. this was the first "app" album to be made and released using the ipad technology and she INVENTED new instruments, using the earths gravity to play giant harps and designing a digital organ. she also TUNED A TESLA COIL for a bass line. here it is:


it's definitely not for everyone, but i'm challenged and inspired by this album. i appreciate it for the fact that when you strip it down, the lyrics, choral arrangements and mixing are spot. on. perfect. she holds back and releases in just the right places. now, if she'll come to the states we'll be good....