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Aether was the name for a collaboration I had with the pedal harpist Barbara Imhoff. This track was recorded a couple of different times, once with production by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins. But this version is probably the best and is from the Aether album "The Smoke of Vanished Kisses" released by SF label City of Tribes. Everything about this project was a total disaster with the exception of the music we recorded. The drawing is by the artist Kevin Sudeith with whom I'd been recklessly in love a few years before this was recorded. We'd dropped acid at the county fair in some small town in Maine and then gone back to the place where he was going to an exclusive summer school for painters. He had this wonderful barn-like studio in the middle of a field with glow-flies all around, but there was no electricity. So for light we had these big citranella candles in tin buckets that were meant to ward off mosquitos but it was still pretty dark. He drew this drawing in the half-light and I wrote this song.


Light shapes air
Like lovers embracing in the doorway
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
In the shadow
Of the half-light

Like blossoms decaying
In the shadow
Of the half-light





from Aether, San Francisco 1994​-​1997, track released June 30, 1997
Barbara Imhoff - Harp and co-composition
David Palmer and Chuck Kentiss - production




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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