Leigh Herrick | Solitary (Song for Herman Wallace)

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Solitary (Song for Herman Wallace)

by Leigh Herrick

Leigh Herrick turns to old-fashioned blues for this track, invoking her lyric and interpretive style in this song dedicated to Herman Wallace of the famed “Angola Three.”
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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I tend toward organic sound and minimalism in my musical workings. These are often derived from, and then added to underscore, my poetry. In some instances I just have a song I want to “treat” according to the environment in which it occurs—perhaps something in the news motivates me, etc. Sometimes I hear tunes and create lyrics; other times I create lyrics and then hear tunes. I am intuitive in my work, and follow the sounds as they lead me. I am not trained through higher education as a musician or songwriter--only as a poet (my background is literary and cross-cultural); but this is where I find the line between the three disciplines (music [instrumentation], songwriting & poetry) is full of bends and grooves that cross through a broad and very long history of relationship.

I've trained—non-traditionally—in intermediate classical guitar and poly-rhythmic drumming (mostly Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern frame drumming). The rhythms and other sounds in my recordings are ones I actually play, using a range of percussive instruments, guitar, and other organic sounds. All of the vocals in my music (unless otherwise indicated) are my voice. I create some of the rhythms for my work by applying traditional, poly-rhythmic drum parts to non-traditional items--whatever strikes my fancy. Sometimes the sound is straight up—I don’t change it. Sometimes I enhance the sound by applying reverb or echo, etc. A great distinction, however, is that the sounds themselves are coming from my hands and throat and do not originate from computer software or drum machines. That doesn't mean I won't use Pro Tools eventually; I will--but to date, this is where things stand. I suppose that's why you find me tripping between the avant-garde and improvisational styles and the blues; between experimental music and sound. I love it. I have been able to do so much more with certain poems of mine than if I simply left them on the page.

I am happy to introduce you to my work. I hope you find something in it that speaks to you in new, unexpected, and invigorating ways. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to check out my website where you can find up-to-date news, other endeavors, and current writings. Peace. -LH



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