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Mysterious Cat


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Vaisvil

 Genre: Downtempo

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A serial improvisation in 12 equal setting Vachel Lindsay’s 1931 reading of his poem “The Mysterious Cat” to musical accompaniment. Vachel Lindsay is considered the father of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted. His numerous correspondences with the poet Yeats detail his intentions to revive the musical qualities in poetry as had been practiced by the ancient Greeks. Because of his use of American Midwest themes he also became known as the “Prairie Troubador.”

The accompaniment consists of 2 bass guitar lines, Rhodes electric piano, acoustic drum kit, African percussion, Eastern Indian percussion, rhythm guitar, and lead guitar. Vachel’s reading was noise reduced and processed through Roland’s “v-vocal” and constrained to E minor without the notes G and C. The recording was made in Sonar X1.
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Vachel Lindsay – The Mysterious Cat

A chant for a children’s pantomime dance, suggested by a picture painted by George Mather Richards.

I saw a proud, mysterious cat,
I saw a proud, mysterious cat
Too proud to catch a mouse or rat—
Mew, mew, mew.

But catnip she would eat, and purr,
But catnip she would eat, and purr.
And goldfish she did much prefer—
Mew, mew, mew.

I saw a cat—’twas but a dream,
I saw a cat—’twas but a dream
Who scorned the slave that brought her cream—
Mew, mew, mew.

Unless the slave were dressed in style,
Unless the slave were dressed in style
And knelt before her all the while—
Mew, mew, mew.

Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Oh, what a proud mysterious cat.
Oh, what a proud mysterious cat.
Oh, what a proud mysterious cat.
Mew . . . mew . . . mew.
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Uploaded: Feb 09, 2011 - 06:33:27 AM
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011 - 06:33:27 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 03:12:00 PM
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jodyrush said 2270 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Great Ambience
I like where this took me. Very nice. Double bass line is "cat"chy.
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mrattue said 2270 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
All new
Really hadn't heard of this chap at all. Thanks for educating me.

Intro really well put together but perhaps so long that one begins to see it as the main event, and doesn't really suggest a cat?

Interesting...

Thank you.

Marc

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falcef said 2269 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Mysterious Cat
Hello good musician the song is beautiful and interesting sounds are good choice and rhythm. Congratulations and best wishes from falcef hello in Italy.
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