Aether, San Francisco 1994​-​1997

by Aether (Barbara Imhoff: Harp and Diana Trimble: Voice)

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Thought that I loved you But I never knew you Thought that I saw you But I looked right through you Like a vision that I saw But wasn't quite sure That I saw We've all felt their wings brush past our sleeping faces Angels may kiss you when you''re asleep But they never leave Lipstick traces... Thought I could hurt you But you never felt it Your heart was like ice Thought I could melt it Believing impossible things Always came so naturally To me In my dreams I have seen unbelievable places Angels may kiss you when you''re asleep But they never leave Lipstick traces... Gone like a storm Ashes On the wind Borne Born
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Half Light 04:11
Light shapes air Like lovers embracing in the doorway Half-drunken In the half-light Looking out over the land That looks like lovers embracing Arms, rocks, hair Spread out over another and one Air shapes light And her beauty effaces my eyes Like lovers embracing Half drunken In the doorway in the Half-light Here we are In this moment, blossom And everything is slow, blossom Everything is clear Slow, vast, clear We blossom and dissappear We are here And the end has never Seemed so near Like blossoms decaying Half-over In the shadow Of the half-light Like blossoms decaying Half-over In the shadow Of the half-light shadow half light
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The Ecstasy 03:54
The Ecstasy - by John Donne
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Mr. Magician 04:14
Mr. Magician Gave me permission To see certain things I'd never seen I knew they were real Not just a vision And I might be asked for my testimony And if I am asked I shall testify Testify to those things I seen Things I was given permission by Mr. Magician to see And here is my testimony Here is my testimony yeah yeah Time is just a thread That circles on itself God is just a clown Standing on his head On his head Summer turns to Winter Shadows show light Say no more Let silence say it all In a room, no window Mr. Magician says to me To stare across his wall And yes I can And yes I do And yes I see hee hee hee See heee heee the pictures in your wall And yes I do And yes I know And yes I see hee hee hee See hee hee hee The nature of it all Time is just a thread That circles on itself God is just a clown Standing on her head On her head
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Once when I was falling I saw the edge and flew towards it If I could only look beyond it Maybe I could grow fond of it Give away give away my fear Once when I was walking I saw a train and ran towards it If I run fast I know I'll make it Cross the tracks and overtake it Give away give away my fear See me go see me go see me go Go.... Once when I was dying I saw my ghost and reached towards it If I breathe slow I know I'll catch it Put it on and re-attach it Give away give away my fear See me go see me go see me go Go....
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Silver Plate 04:52
My past In which you are bound In which you are the dearest part In which I find you smiling And dressing my wounds And drying my tears This past Which is a part of me Will not let me pass To The sleep of forgetting * Bitter I cast you away What did you give to me? What promises did you keep? None, all gone, all hope, all longing All sweet caress And the comfort of your familiar face And I Must leave this place * Remember when I first loved you? Felt the beauty of our shared fate? Wanted to eat the stars with you Carve the sun On a silver plate Silver Plate Silver Plate Silver Plate * Instead I have left with barely a word Hardly a burial Behind us A solemn shake of a sorrowful head It's too late It's too late And I must leave this place * Bitter I cast you away What did you give to me? What promises did you keep? None, all gone, all hope, all longing All sweet caress Yet I could still find my way home By following The lines on your face * Remember when I first loved you? Felt the beauty of our shared fate? Wanted to eat the stars with you Carve the sun On a silver plate Silver Plate Silver Plate Silver Plate
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The Beloved is a face The shape of which held in memory Can never be distorted The Beloved is a much read book In the turning of whose pages a new discovery Is always made The Beloved is a banquet To which hunger has brought us That we may serve as well as feast The Beloved is a music Which intoxicates but does not terrify In which all moments Are lost Except for This One
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Be 06:47
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Goldenhair 02:11
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Yes there are so many ghosts Too many footsteps Why can't I go back there? I'm starting to feel small again I want to sleep now Count to 100 backwards Yes there are so many dolls of wood and leather Waiting waiting Til it's dark outside I'm sure that I've seen them Dancing on the windowsill Count to 100 backwards it's going to be so strange waking up here it may be raining and they'll all be here we'll be back like before before everything broke there'll be cakes and kisses at precisely 4:30 Count to 100 backwards Count to 100 backwards
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Julia 02:33
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I originally met pedal harpist Barbara Imhoff while performing with George Coates Performance works (see Music of Marc Ream on this website). Soon, she joined my underground arts ensemble, Elbows Akimbo (also on this site) and eventually we formed our own band, The Beasts of Paradise. After that group was essentially stolen off me by didgeroo "musician" Stephen Kent, I regrouped with Barbara to create Aether, which was released on San Francisco's City of Tribes label. A familiar story - any money made was embezzled by a dishonest managing director, so even though we had a Top Ten club hit with the remix of "Give Away My Fear", we saw very little profits from this project. Our most lucrative song was "Half Light", a few seconds of which was featured in the award-winning Canadian movie "The Hanging Garden" and on the resulting soundtrack album.

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released June 30, 1998

As above plus:
Dan Reiter: Cello
Dave Palmer: Drums, Electronic Programming
Chuck Kentiss: Piano, Production oversight

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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