Jun 252012

Things often are a matter of perspective. What changes when you change your angle?


Spoken Song 1 

Consider this:

   A spiral staircase
   leads up
   leads down.
   A bridge between directions,
   one follows gravity,
   the other opposes
   in elegant curves.

You may well think: Ah, a poem, how nice (or not, depending). What if I tell you, this is a song, a spoken song? What happens, what changes?

Firstly, you may wonder, before I can answer this question, there is something else I need to know: what is the relationship between a song and spoken word, between singing and speaking, if any? And how do I know how to sing this song, is there a melody, a rhythm? And if yes, where is it? And what do I do with the meaning?

There is of course a perspective where I would answer: Oh, you don’t need me to tell you, it’s all in the hand of the audience, just go and try!

Which you might do, now. Here is another:

Spoken Song 2 

   The moon
   it’s this cheesy O
   that no man has sat in  for a while now.
   It casts a faint echo
   on the double glazing.

   The moon
   moves incredibly fast,
   almost hiding now behind the curtain.
   It casts a slanted shadow
   onto the opposite wall.

   At this speed it’s surprising
  someone should have been on it at all.

Once you’ve done that, you might want to explore the questions mentioned above. Take on my perspective for a while. So here we go with that:

Points to consider:

  • Melody and rhythm in speech
  • Sound poetry
  • word score
  • how does this fit with my work?
A book containing the full series of Spoken Songs will be published in autumn 2014.

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