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Pointed Music

by Bill Yarrow & Ray Fahrner

A mix of eclectic music (jazz/rock/blues/classical/folk) matched to a mix of eclectic poems (lyric/narrative/surreal/dialogic/allusive/ekphrastic) yields a spoken word/music CD unlike any other--prepare to be surprised!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Whiplash Marriage
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2. Parabola Tango
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3. Raymond Chandler and His Wife
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4. Not That Kind of Pain
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5. Chaos Unveiled
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6. The Semaphore of Civilization
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7. Startle Reflex
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8. The Tapeworm of Selfish Mammon Eats All the World's Goodwill
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9. Florid Psychosis
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10. The Sun, the Trees, the Clouds, the Grass
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11. Truman Compote
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12. Black Squirrel Poem
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13. She Waited for Him
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14. Drinking an Orange Julius While Listening to Pink Floyd
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15. Playing for Keeps
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16. Not Enough Sin to Go Around
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17. Here's Looking At Euclid
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18. Black Ice On the Bridge
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19. Peterson Park
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20. Son of Goya
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21. Blossoms and Buds
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22. The Solace of Olives
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23. Greyhound
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24. Mussel Memory
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25. Knot Eye
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26. Self Alaska
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27. Wahrheit Und Dictung
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28. Bogdan
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29. The Grave of Rimbaud
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30. Magritte
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31. Processes
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32. Ferdinand Gets Married
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33. God's Vial
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34. Ribs
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35. A Journey of 7,000 Miles
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36. Patriot Axe
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37. Ossian City
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38. He Holds an Expired Visa and a Monday Grudge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences and four chapbooks of poetry. He has been widely published in online and print journals. He is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and is an editor at Blue Fifth Review.

Ray Fahrner has composed for concert hall and stage, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for which he received a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship. A MacDowell Colony fellow, he conducts the Cambridge Chamber Singers and is Director of Performing Arts at the Colleges of the Fenway, Boston.

The poems on this CD come from Pointed Sentences, a volume of poems by Bill Yarrow published by BlazeVOX in 2012. "Wahrheit und Dichtung" is a musical reworking of Puccini’s snow scene from La Bohème. "God's Vial" inverts "Victimae paschali laudes," an Easter chant written in the eleventh century by Wipo of Burgundy. The music for "Patriot Axe" is a jazz version of Schumann’s "Der Dichter spricht," the last piece of Kinderscenen. The music for "He Holds an Expired Visa and a Monday Grudge" is an arrangement of "Samson and Delilah," a traditional folk song.

Bill: Ray, on this CD, you’ve composed in so many different styles with such a wide variety of instruments. Was the music composed before or after reading the poems? Why did you choose the instruments you did?

Ray: The music was written in response to reading your poems and was uniquely designed to complement, but not overwhelm, the poetry. Each poem requested its own style and color of music. "Ribs," for example, asked for the sound of bones, an instrument made from cow ribs. "Magritte" invited a French Baroque suite, but with a Surrealist mixed consort of recorder, balalaika and accordion, not the traditional flute, harpsichord and cello. And "Ossian City" called for the smallpipes that were in use in 1760 when the Scottish poet James MacPherson perpetrated his literary hoax about Ossian (pronounced ocean), the purported bard of Fingal. The bagpipes, an unusual choice I know, created a nostalgic mood, which I thought fitting for this poem because I knew you grew up in your dad's penny arcade in Ocean City, Maryland, and the poem, despite its punning title, seemed to me a lament for that vanished past.

Bill: I found that music surprising but apt and particularly moving. In the beginning of this project, I couldn't imagine what kind of music would go with these poems. The tango music for "Parabola Tango," when I first heard it, blew me away, as did the Spanish guitar in "Son of Goya" and the heavy metal guitar in "The Semaphore of Civilization." I was astounded, which is what I most enjoyed about working with you. In my poems, I try to astonish with words, and you astonish with music. Maybe that's the point of this collaborative CD­—the aesthetic multiplication of surprise.

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