The Beckett Songbook, USA​-​Germany, (Work in Progress)

by Diana Rosalind

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I heard you play the song of songs once, on your disillusioned lute, out of the windows of the moon I had to shoot. Why was I ever born, I ask the thorn. Heaven only knows, answers the rose. I rode Apollo and in vain: not you, only the desolate shore; I wavered like the light of earth and the old war. Why are the waters torn, I ask the thorn. Because the white moon glows, answers the rose. Though the moon Is in memory, the smoke of kisses is returning oh, to the alphabet of fire, and I am burning. Why am I made to mourn, I ask the thorn. We love what comes and goes, answers the rose. Why was I ever born, I ask the thorn. Heaven only knows, answers the rose. We love what comes and goes, answers the rose.
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kill the candle close the door and take a bow there's only lunacy now drink the lemons eat your words and swallow time remember my touch is a crime catch the cancer frozen leaves without your net paint me in black silhouette burn the flying fish of memory tonight flutter and fall like a kite for there's nowhere to go no windows but walls last night I broke a key you're as good as dead to me oblivion calls... damn the stars and wait five seasons I will come playing hello on my drum drive the vagabonds away deny the thieves hide all your smiles up your sleeves keep the flower in your palm and fall asleep wake up in drunkenness deep laugh at lawyers trick the judge and ditch the trial one day I'll land on your isle still there's nowhere to go no wonders begun this morning I was cold today we're ruled and told tomorrow we'll run Larry Beckett
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River 04:44
oh listen and you'll pick up what I hiss in syllables of water all I wear is bubbles of air I'm at the bottom of the river kiss me I slap slap me I kiss I've had enough of love me tender Old nights with the double-crosser and I'm at the bottom of the river love or freedom I had to choose the half-moon said and I forgive her I've got the ghost or woman blues and I'm at the bottom of the river the lovers sway under the sail and look into the stars and shiver the boat slips on its wake is gone and I'm at the bottom of the river Larry Beckett
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Larry Beckett, genius poet and songwriter, found me through a version I did of his much-loved collaboration with Tim Buckley "Song to the Siren" and we began an awesome correspondence. I asked if I could set some of his text to music and he paid me a great compliment by saying I didn't need a lyricist. Yes, I countered, but I want to work with your words! He then wrote me Thorn and Rose, based on an image I was working with at the time and his insight into my personality. I am currently developing a collection of songs, the Beckett songbook with diverse instrumental arrangements, focusing on duos and trios with accompanying instruments such as harp, cello, contra-bass, piano and with some fuller arrangements such as string quartet, jazz quartet, brass band, and percussion corps. Future instruments to be featured in other planned pieces include hurdy-gurdy, ukelele, viola, steel pans and accordion as well as electronics and looping.

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Actively seeking support for this current project, envisioned ultimately as a collection of a dozen or so songs.

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released June 6, 2014

Diaina Rosalind Trimble - music director, vocals, lyric arranger
Larry Beckett - text
Rudiger Oppermann - Celtic harp
Johanna Stein - Cello
Ben Tai Tranwinski - Double bass
Rainer Grantzin - piano
Marcus Sperlling - soft percussion

* all players are co-creators of these recordings/compositions

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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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