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Entropy (Box After Box)

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album: Beginnings And Endings
track 1: 5:41 Rings Of Smoke
track 2: 4:44 Two More Animals
track 3: 5:25 I-IV-V-I
track 4: 5:49 Unstuck In Time
track 5: 4:00 Sacrament
track 6: 6:16 Control Rods
track 7: 3:24 Waiting For Harry
track 8: 7:01 Entropy (Box After Box)
track 9: 3:40 Best Day Of My Life
track 10: 7:27 Oblivion
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Song Description

Based on this poem.

Here are some thoughts on the music and poem.
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Entropy (Box After Box)

the problem basically
is that
i don't want to do this

the dank basement is full of
box after box
of deteriorating memories

i haven't the heart for execution
to dispose of someone
else's treasures

likely in there
i am
somewhere in those boxes

so in a way
i am
erasing a bit of myself

~ ~ ~

in the darkest corner
of the basement
is a small separate room

and in that room
through a dilapidated door
is a closet

and in that disconnected closet
a hidden door

without a thought
i am again
opening that surreptitious door

~ ~ ~

the passage is always difficult
it leads down

crisp echoes my shuffling
groping towards
a distant glow


in the verdant glen
there is the sound
of gently murmuring water

sun softly dappling the moss
silken light
pervading this wordless room

now i can hear
a young couple

~ ~ ~

nothing is written
on the back

no date
no place
no name

another unknown photograph
another unrecalled memory
another ungrasped moment

i feel
to contemplate these things

box after box

yet in a way
i am
forgetting a bit of myself

(c)2005 Bill Grundmann
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Uploaded: Aug 20, 2007 - 09:56:33 PM
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Stun Nutz said 4380 days ago (August 20th, 2007)
So articulate... that voice... it reminds me of Tom Atwood... and the music builds... beautifully! Wow, great piece.
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Roxylee said 4379 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Wow, Bill
I can really relate to this, having recently cleaned out my basement . Darn, I couldn't find the secret door that opens up into a verdant glen,
but i did find lots of pictures. Who took the one of road sign, and do I need to save it? Whose child is that, getting on the school bus? It isn't mine, so why do i have it? "I feel unauthorized to contemplate these things." And time marches on... Great introspective piece.
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michael2 said 4379 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
as stun nutz said, nice buildup. it's almost disturbing how the chords start sounding warped when the reverb comes up and the rhythmic metallic sound comes in. at the end is that strings or vocals that have been effected? it's very nice. i've been working in the basement as well; made myself through away a big box full of old journals. figured why dwell in the past.
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echoroom said 4379 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
At the edge
Jeez Bill - this gripped and scared me from the start - this is a great piece - gentle but kinda unhinged.

likely in there
i am
somewhere in those boxes

Is a great image. This reminds me a little of laurie Anderson in her good ol' Big Science days.

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Macaudion said 4379 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful - Somewhat haunting, (like my basement) quite real.

Love the guitar, and I'm amazed that it never sounded reptitive, but always like it was supposed to be.

Love the synth thing running around between my ears, like 'those' thoughts that won't leave me alone. But I didn't want that sound to leave.

The walking bass...

The piano...

The way you used the steel drums to lighten things up toward that which is good...

The whole thing...

Man, I'm glad this one was available for dl! Thanks! Dion
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Doadars Uncle said 4379 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Nice transition from drudgery and dread to joy in re-experience! So nice!
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 4378 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
I like the feel of this song... it has a plodding resignation to it that kinda puts the listener on edge. Very cool concept.

When I saw the song title I thought you were going to tie entropy in with the "particle in a box" aspect of quantum mechanics.
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SmokeyVW said 4378 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
more info on this song
i have added a link to some more info about this song. it's in the Song Description.

thanks for your interest!
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said 4377 days ago (August 23rd, 2007)
Uh Huh...
Steve nailed it: "unhinged." An excellent protrayal of those moments "between." Those moments of inner truth. Well done!

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peacepiano said 4362 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Hi Smokey
I am not forgetting to listen, life is just real busy right now. I like this piece. The direct musical groove supports the spoken lines well. Very Meditative.

Keep 'em comming

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