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ROUND & ROUND LINER NOTES
A few of the pieces on my CD Round and Round bear some explanation or have interesting stories
connected to them.
I would first like to address the tune Phiddely Ditdy Wuuhdally (I say mushrooms). There are those who believe that the mushrooms referred to in the subtitle are of the psycadelic variety. Unfortunately the real reference is far more mundane - Rafaele and I played many many "world premiers" of avante guarde music in the late 80's and early 90's including a piece by renowned composer John Cage entitled mushrooms. Phiddely Ditdly Wuuhdally is our tribute to all those pieces. We wrote it in one take:)
On two tunes, Tamaashaa and And So She Said... I had the good fortune to have the talent of tabla player Rachel Lochtefeld.
People I don't know is one of only two tunes on the CD to have no harp - only synthesizer and vocals. I wrote the lyrics to this when my husband and I were living in Chicago and feeling the isolation that can come with living in a big city where one has no sense of community and barely knows one's neighbors.
Bossa Nova Casanova was probably the most fun to make of all the tunes on the CD. We used a harp prepared with paper in the strings, string glisses with tuning forks, rattling effects with tuning forks, synthesized electric bass, and an old rhythm box from the 70's. We had a blast!
Fushcia Blues derives its title from the fact that it uses blues harmony but not a 12 bar format.
Twilight voyage has the hippest sounding recorder playing I've ever heard - It was a special wooden recorder Rafaele brought with her from Germany, not one of those horrible grade school plastic things!
Dali painting is the other tune with no harp. The lyrics are all quotes from news copy published in 1990 after Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait. The reference to chemical weapons applies to him specifically. Another hot topic at the time was flag burning and an attempted constitutional amendment to prevent it. There is a reference to right to die issues as Jack Kevorkian was making headlines, and the Nietzsche quote came in the wake of German unification. As I listen to it again, I am struck by how many of the issues are either still on the table or at least still relevant.