Kendra Emery | Beautiful Mess

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Beautiful Mess

by Kendra Emery

9 original compositions for a combination of tenor saxophone, voice, and electronics.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A New Everything
6:54 $1.29
2. The Candle
5:36 $1.29
3. The Fat King
4:08 $1.29
4. Drip
7:29 $1.29
5. Black Pine
4:04 $1.29
6. Alphabetics
8:58 $1.29
7. Salvage
4:52 $0.99
8. Bees and Waves (feat. Erik DeLuca)
11:13 $1.29
9. Beautiful Mess
5:50 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"A New Everything"
Hyper productivity and always on efficiency
we have a thirst for memory.
We archive more than we delete.
More information sources,
sketches of thoughts and questions,
nonsensically sacred, profoundly profane,
we spend so much time trying to remember memory.
A new everything, a space in which I’ll capture and write nearly illegible first drafts.
I save every single one.

"The text for a new everything was compiled from Jim Kast-Keat's "Thirty Seconds or Less" podcast series, wherein creative observations are ruminated on in short form. Social media and idea technology are recurring topics, and our ability to save every thought we have in data reminded me of overdubbed loops." -Adam Cuthbért

"The Candle"
The candle wants to reflect itself in the window and make that little red yellow farmhouse appear to be on fire
It goes on this way until morning takes over some mornings I am ready for a life in a house with somebody for a life with meals and love making
But there will be no love making only meals
How high the moon when below it every little house means you will never live here
The colors are gone and the footprints of my goings are lost to the snow which makes itself blank so many times making believe I have never set out up this highway before, nor ever come up to this door

"The Fat King"
The fat king sitting on his gold throne. The fat king watching reruns, the same stuff.
The Fat king chewing at his gold cud. The fat king is dreaming all day long. Tis skin gets cold and numb the same stuff. He buries his head in pillows and counts his guns and bows. The fat king knows where all kings go.
The fat king bouncing on his bed springs all alone, the same thing ev’ry day he calls his friends to play but no one answers. He buries his head in pillows and counts his oily toes. The fat king knows where all kings go

"The Fat King is a cabaret song about the malaise of privilege. The wealthy king comes across as a spoiled child, bored and alone." -Ben Hjertmann

"Black Pine"
Whales and Bears
Black Pine, Redwood, Madrone. All burn, all grow, as one

"Bees and Waves"
Got stung by a bee in the heart
My face blew up like an old man hurting
Lost on an island in the big lake thinking
Of you

A wave of sadness washes over me briefly
A wave of sadness turns into a pea

"The initial ideas that became "Bees and Waves" were written during fieldwork for my dissertation in Isle Royale National Park, a secluded wilderness island in the middle of Lake Superior. As I walked the trail system, I sang these songs which deal with issues of change and fragility." -Erik DeLuca

"Beautiful Mess"
Beautiful mess
Beautiful mess
It’s a beautiful mess
This life is crazy and I don’t know where I’m going
Such chaos
Beautiful mess

"Beautiful Mess is dedicated to Kendra Emery. While at the 2013 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, I worked with her on another older piece, In a Day for saxophone and loop pedal. Beautiful Mess is inspired by that collaboration and Kendra’s particular capabilities as a singer as well as saxophonist, therefore becoming a person-specific piece." -Finola Merivale



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