2024 WEEK THREE: JESSE SAMPLE’S FREAK OF THE WEEK “Un-Stray”
Written by Staff on January 17, 2024
This week, I present a sonic poem about an existential possibility. A reason to be optimistic. We humans are experts in generating fear and manifesting the very circumstances that we tried so hard to avoid. The combined effects scatter like a million pinballs and in the end, all we can do is our best. And what if, when it’s all over, the fear dissipates like a broken fever, and we can see our experience with omniscient eyes.
This is a spoken poem over guitars. The guitar parts were formed from a C Enigmatic scale. The tonic C, is by nature unstable and from this scale I derived harmonies that were also unstable. C#sus4, Esus2, F#sus2, Bsus4, Caug, and A#dim. This scale was first put into use by famous Opera Composer Giuseppe Verdi.
The form of the poem is a traditional English Sonnet which is 14 lines, 10 syllables each, in Iambic Pentameter and adhering to a abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme. You may ask, “why all the rules?”
Life is messy and rules are constructed for us to cling to some sort of sanity amidst the chaos. And we’re going to break some rules sometimes and encounter things that we have no structure for. But what if, when it’s all over and we show up bruised and beaten, to punch our timecard, we limp home to find there is someone sweet waiting for us with love in their eyes to wash us up and get us fed.
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