Sheish and I are back in the studio working on the first tracks for what will eventually morph into the follow up to our debut CD, The Stillest Hour. And after steady gigging over the last two to three months, the chemistry was immediately there. We lay down the first takes of seven new tracks, including new(ish) poems And What Voice Says and Heyford Street.
We also recorded a couple of older poems, Hide and Break Away, both of which were published in issue 5 of Mascara Review.
Here’s a new edit of Break Away:
This landscape folds in on itself. Everything that
moves – wind, dust, laughter – changes. Streets
soften. Sunlight plays across glass, but windows
appear blank unless viewed from within. Walls
begin to sweat & sour. We give it up & go.
You’ve put on your Marilyn perfume. Our old
letters have never smelled so sweet, our
memories seemed so true. I’ve plotted our escape
to the island – dawn light breaking in the window
salt breeze carrying the ocean’s secrets.
It’s past noon and the weather can’t hold. Take off
your silence and your coat. Let’s chance it – throw
ourselves to the season. There’s a cold that starts
in certainty. You see? There’s only one thing
left to do. Sweep you off your feet.
Here’s a necklace of water. A puzzle
that began the night your mother walked
along the shore and took the ocean by its lapels.
Empty your basket of black stones. When we
arrive, sunlight will follow, the waters will calm.
Yeah it was sounding good… this one won’t take us two and a half years!