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Don't Go Back to Sleep

by Franklin Abbott

This is a double album. The first CD holds fourteen songs written to poems and performed by a jazz ensemble. The composer, Franklin Abbott, wrote all of the music and several of the poems. The second CD holds 44 poems from Abbott's two books of poetry.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Everything Is Connected
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2. How Sweet I Roam'd
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3. Release
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4. Long Tongue
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5. Voodoo Lullaby
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6. My Body Is a Candle
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7. Don't Go Back to Sleep
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8. I Ask for One Kiss
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9. The Bottle Is Corked
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10. The Old Rule
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11. Angels Halo the Moon
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12. My Ordinary Life
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13. Sonnet 36
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14. Milky Way
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15. Another Covenant
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16. Retrograde
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17. Koan
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18. One Morning
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19. Everyday Miracles
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20. Learning to Float
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21. Release (Poem)
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22. Shiva
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23. No Trace
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24. Patience as an Art Invisible
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25. Have You a Talisman for Spiders
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26. A Blessing for Relationships
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27. Reminders
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28. Never Again as Strangers
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29. A Canyon Is a Cradle
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30. In Wilderness
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31. Wonder
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32. A Beautiful Stranger
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33. When I Was a Little Boy
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34. Self Help
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35. Eleemosynary
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36. Beam
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37. Neti Neti
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38. Allowing the Roundness of Being
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39. How to Survive a Hurricane
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40. Orchids in My Backyard
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41. Precious
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42. You Cannot Kill Me
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43. Try Another Way
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44. Utah to Paris
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45. Odd Couples
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46. Miss Monroe
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47. Back for Us
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48. Lantern
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49. Dollop of Bliss
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50. Meeting Chamundi
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51. Why I Burn Incense
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52. Feyble
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53. Why We Pray
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54. Heart Level
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55. One Might as Well Be Playful
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56. The Beach Is Never the Same Beach
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57. Pink Zinnias
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
New Songs and Selected Poems

The first disc is a recording of fourteen original songs. I have written all the music except for an excerpt from the old time gospel song "Time Is Winding Up." The lyrics are either from my own poetry or drawn from poems that inspire me. Some are old, Shakespeare and Blake, and some are from contemporaries, Ann Hartigan and Bob Vance. One is the work of my mentor in poetry, James Broughton, and the central five are inspired by Coleman Barks' brilliant translations of the 14th century Sufi mystic Rumi.​ All words that are not mine are used with permission or are in the public domain.​
All the songs were recorded at 800 East Recording Studio in Atlanta. They were mixed and mastered by Ken Gregory. All except ​"​Sonnet 36​"​ were the first, second or third takes in the studio with piano and organ by Jez Graham, bass by Vlamir Abbud, drums and percussion by Emrah Kotan and guitar, trumpet and trombone by Ken Gregory. Ken does back up vocals on "Time Is Winding Up." ​"Sonnet 36" and ​Dr. June Dobbs Butts' spoken word performance of "Milky Way" w​ere​ recorded live​.​​

Some of these songs have been with me for half of my life. I wrote them in the early '80's using only the texts and a small hand drum. I have been working on the songs with Jez Graham for the past two years. He helped me turn simple melodies into sophisticated jazz. Vlamir Abbud and Emrah Kotan joined Jez and I in the recording process because of our mutual esteem for their musicianship. Ken Gregory came into the mix when he offered the spice of guitar and brass. Our ensemble, augmented by Dr. June, performed in front of a live audience at 80 East on December 11, 2016.

I have three hopes for these songs. First, that the listener will listen in the old style of music albums. The songs tell a story start to finish about the cycle of life. Second, that the listener will listen with good equipment. These recordings are intended to convey a depth and a texture that requires more than a home computer, car stereo or cellphone can offer without augmentation. And finally, that these songs take wing. I hope that they inspire other artists to perform and record them, that they add color and movement to film and dance, that they bring people together to hope, grieve and aspire to a brighter collective spirit. I offer them with profound respect for the musicians who collaborated with me and to our listeners who share our enchantment with others who share with others. May we all be blessed in this circle of sound.​ For lyrics and notes please visit my blog: www.tenminutemuse.wordpress.com​

I have recorded 22 poems from each of my two poetry collections. The poems form Mortal Love span almost thirty years of my life. The earliest was written while I was in college and the last when I was just short of fifty. I picked the ones that were the most universal, the ones you could have written because you lived through something similar. I have always relied upon my readers' empathy to carry the meaning of my poems. If my poems were paintings they would be simple yet subtle.

The second group of poems come from my next book, Pink Zinnia and were written between the time I was fifty and the time I was sixty. I was both more and less passionate about life's quandaries during that time. Passion both rises and falls with the passing of time and the accumulation of years. I feel so fortunate to be a survivor, that I am still here to give you a report. What I can't say I sing and what I can't sing I say. I hope you understand that words aspire to music and sometimes succeed if barely. When they do a poem becomes an incantation, a spell, a bit of magic. If any of these work for you please use them. They worked for me and still do but only if I make them a gift. Here you go. Given in gratitude.

​Both books are available online through the digital archives at Georgia State University where my papers are housed in the Women and Gender Collection: ​http://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/abbott

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