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album: Wombat
track 1: 1:08 lasreversal
track 2: 3:40 Dervish
track 3: 3:56 anyone lived
track 4: 1:12 Bells
track 5: 2:33 Kitty Cat
track 6: 5:44 Three In January
track 7: 5:18 Shattered Glass
track 8: 8:45 Perhaps She's Channeling
track 9: 6:27 History
track 10: 4:13 The Stars Nearly Blind Us
track 11: 1:27 Sam
track 12: 2:53 Runnin Through My Mind
track 13: 3:04 Hey Midi
track 14: 4:34 Cerebral Core Test
track 15: 1:08 lasreversal
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Lyrics are from e. e. cummings "anyone lived in a pretty how town." Sound processing of my voice via GarageBand effects to achieve the alternating male/female voices. The recent death of a friend was a contributing factor to this one. This just happened somehow. Unsure how. Muses?
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anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did

Women and men (both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed (but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then) they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

e. e. cummings
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Uploaded: Jul 21, 2006 - 07:43:26 PM
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stacey said 4771 days ago (August 1st, 2006)
ANyone Lived
I think this is a GREAT idea... I would have just put some "brightness" on
the vocals. You know what I mean? They're a little flat and dull. Otherwise
very cool!

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SmokeyVW said 4764 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
ANyone Lived
why thank you.

i wanted to let e e cummings' words stand for themselves, yet i also wanted to
bring a little modern life to them by adding just the tiniest bit of rap to them.

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SmokeyVW said 4763 days ago (August 9th, 2006)
ANyone Lived
i might be able to bring up the high end a bit on the voices. i have a concern that it might expose some artifacts in the "female" voice. that is actually my voice processed with the vocal transformer in GarageBand. there was a little discussion on this in the previous version of this song.

(i decided to delete the previous version because i used multi-layered samples of some commercial music. i guess that is not allowed on MacJams, although i've come across several other songs that sure seem to be using sampled commercial music...) in this version i got mostly the same effect using all GB instruments instead.

the previous version also raised a comment about whether the musical bed is really appropriate for the poem. e e cummings' poem certainly has a positive spin if you think about how anyone and noone transcended their society in how they lived and loved.

but there is also the long term outcome of that society's reaction to them: they were buried and forgotten. i guess that's the mood i was after. it's really very sad from that perspective.

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Schello said 4726 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Rap and classicSpoken__grat interview__SoliD!
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mizieya said 4554 days ago (March 6th, 2007)
I like the whole strings eerieness reminds me a bit of one of Torri amos songs a few albums ago. Yummy.
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SmokeyVW said 4553 days ago (March 7th, 2007)
glad you stopped by - check out some of my other stuff if you have time...

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Joe Brady said 4551 days ago (March 10th, 2007)
Very cool idea
but e.e. is no Smokey! ;) Very interesting take on this poem. I think the approach, backed by music actually puts more emphasis on the words than just reading it. At least the first verse, maybe through repitition or on its own merit (I'm not quite sure right now) has got a hookable memory patern. You may be making e.e. cummings more accesible to the masses. You could be the Carl Sagan of poetry:-)
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SmokeyVW said 4550 days ago (March 10th, 2007)
if only i could make millions and millions on this! :-)

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shirtless said 4218 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
anyone lived in a pretty how town
I have a recording of e. e. cummings reading this poem. I like your version better; I think e. e. cummings would prefer your version too.
Great tempo. Great read.
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SmokeyVW said 4216 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
thanks for dropping by

i first read this in high school and it left a big impression on me - i wrote a melody for it way back then. maybe i should consider doing that song some day on MacJams.

this poem is very interesting on many levels. at one level, it's almost like reading a transliteration of an original written in some other language. the lexical inconsistencies make you wonder what e. e. cummings meant.

and only one level!


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