Milk

Track 10 from Curse of Mercury [Play Milk]

This is an example of the rare experience of capturing something you usually “forget”. I sang this in my sleep in a dream. I had just moved to Seattle and was reading about alchemist Marsilio Ficino. This dream poem was a distillation of his imagery mixed with my experience as a stranger in a new city.

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Milk 3:25

I need milk, to feed my hungry daughter
I need milk, a little more than water
I need milk, to feed my hungry daughter
I don’t have enough of what it takes to pay
So I’m workin’ on it harder every day

I went down and I stood on the corner
I watched the people as they passed me by
They ignored me and my empty pockets
They ignored me with my handmade cardboard sign

I need time to get myself in order
I need help should I ask a little louder
I need time to get myself in order
When I ask please don’t look the other way
I will pay you back when I find myself one day

It’s hard to find the right solution
It’s not in the news they don’t show it on T.V.
It’s in the dark, the darker all the better
If the stars are what you really want to see

I need milk, to feed my hungry daughter
I need milk, a little more than water
I need milk, to feed my hungry daughter
I don’t have enough of what it takes to pay
So I’m workin’ on it harder every day

We buy and we add to the collection
Of useless things we can do without
And forget about the many things inside us
In the end we can’t live without

It’s hard to find the right solution
It’s not in the news they don’t show it on T.V.
It’s in the dark, the darker all the better
If the stars are what you really want to see
If the stars are what you really want to see
Yes the stars are what you really want to see

Lyrics/Music © 2009 Perry Emge
Lyrics Page for Curse of Mercury
woodcut Universum Camille Flammarion 1888 colored by Heikenwaelder Hugo, Wien 1998

Colors of the Sky

Track 11 from Curse of Mercury [Play Colors of the Sky]

This is it. The big closer. This song is the reason I needed to make the record. It is the resolution to the arc of my internal story  for the whole diatribe of tunes (it is a concept album after all).  All the other pieces play a part in working their way to this conclusion.

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Colors of the Sky 5:34

I sit down and drink my coffee
I start to write and think
I swallow cool sips of water
I feel the rain begin

Small birds are drifting lightly
On air that seems so thin
I can feel it like soft paper
Brushing against my skin

A brown dog pays attention
To every little thing
And patrons sit politely
Until their cell phone rings

Oh they’re passing by
The colors of the sky
Oh they’re passing by
My soul’s on fire

I’m typing on my laptop
Writing down my dreams
Like painting tiny landscapes
That no one ever sees
I wonder where they’re headed
Where all the people go
Commotion on the sidewalk
Builds throughout the day
Erasing all the silence
The signal fades away

Oh they’re passing by
The colors of the sky
Oh they’re passing by
My soul’s on fire

I sit and count my blessings
And pray for inner peace
When I look at all the good things
It takes me to my knees
I hear the distant voices
Like a chorus from above
I finally get the message
At last I feel the love

Lyrics/Music © 2009 Perry Emge
Lyrics Page for Curse of Mercury
photo-collage The Bathers Perry Emge ©2002

“Curse of Mercury” is nigh-on real

Now Appearing

Now Appearing

Dropped the master at DiscMakers today. A little dizzy-making.

After all this time of working on the record (some of the songs have origins which go back literally decades) it’s a little unreal to be (so close to) done.

I have to say “so close to done” because even though I’ve completed the music and the artwork for the packaging–and it’s all been shipped off to the presses–until I have the finished product in my hands, it feels a little like, well, like it’s not truly completed and real. Just nigh-on real.

On the other hand, the music is done. All the way to completion. And even if the CDs never happen, the music has.

Sigh.

Packaging for “Curse of Mercury”

Final Touches

Final Touches

Shot some photographs in the studio today aiming at something for the inside panel of the CD jacket. My Seattle studio bears little resemblance to the old St. Louis Studio. The equipment is almost the same, having come with me when I moved west back in May, 2005. But the space in Seattle is just a fraction of the square footage I occupied in St. Louis, and “homier”.

Walls paneled in 1″ thick clear cedar planks, recycled cedar siding on the ceiling, a wall of my books, and raccoons routinely knocking at the back door or traipsing across the skylight. Very Cozy.

But I digress.

Packaging.

I’ve decided to go with DiscMaker’s simple four-panel jacket. All paper because I don’t care for the plastic aspect of the flex-trays of the Digipaks. And I’ve opted out of having a spine, which will reduce the cost of mailing by keeping the disk narrower than the 1/4″ limit the post office imposes on letters. (Greater than 1/4″ would bump it up by $.55 an envelope.)

The four-panel jacket gives me two outside panels and two inside panels–that much more room for images and text. I can spread out all the word mumbo jumbo, and have a cleaner, simpler look overall.

I vacillated about printing a booklet to include–lyrics and stories and more images. The up-side being the inclusion of more content, more back-story. The down-side being added cost, of course, plus using up that much more paper. So I’ve decided to instead avail myself of the convenience of the Web, and put the lyrics and such here, instead. Added benefit being that I can then more easily “talk” to my listeners, if you happen to feel like commenting on this or that.

The CD itself will be printed with the scanned image of some old battered metal object–and I’ll say no more about that and leave it as a small surprise for you when you unleash the disc from the jacket.

The front cover art is based on a photograph found on Flickr, and generously granted for our purposes by Mary Harrsch. Take a look at her Flickr photostream and see if you can predict which photo I used.

Rounding out the images are some scans of roadkill. Sounds awful. But really they’re in the realm of ordinary beauty–one being a wing of an owl and the other being a wing of a swan. Both were given to my wife by friends who understand that she has a certain affection and affinity for things which make for flight.

Next up, deciding on a name for my new publishing arm.

Recording “Beliefs” with some fun toys in the Studio

I took a break from work on ‘”Curse of Mercury” to help Electronic musician Kurt Bujack create a new piece of music for his up coming Art Exhibit at Studio X in Belltown.

Kurt Bujack recording marbles

Kurt Bujack recording marbles rolling on a bass drum to simulate a rain stick

Kurt Bujack with Vintage MiniMoog

Kurt Bujack with Vintage MiniMoog

Kurt brought over a Mint condition Mini Moog for the Bass part. Nothing beats the real thing!