Here’s a preview of this week’s song, “Sara”:
Diane says: in early May, a beloved friend brought me to the Camargue region of southern France. we arrived by train at night and then drove, working our way out of city streets until eventual release into the wetlands. a little song emerged in me as we traveled, starting with “pull the wishbone wide”, and something about a red and black spirit. i honed in on it, but it wasn’t a song that wanted to finish in one go.
the following day we visited the seaside town of Stes.-Maries-de-la-Mer and entered the church of Saint Sara. her portrait in the sanctuary thrilled me. hanging high by the ceiling, her leveling gaze and swarthy face brought to my mind the Hindu goddess, Kali (the Destroyer). i fell in love, or rather, under her love, realizing it was she who’d visited in the previous night’s song.
“Sara” developed over the next few days, coming to include the idea of Ereshkigal. i’d recently been told the story of Ereshkigal, who inhabits the underworld and is visited by her sister, Inanna, whom she kills and hangs on a meat-hook to rot. i find the story in its full telling (through to Inanna’s revival) to be a rich allegory for what happens when too much activity or outward drive results in a need to go ‘underground’. this can look like lethargy, illness or depression even as it conveys necessary healing, transformation, and return to a more intuitive state. (If you’d like to check in with these ideas, i highly recommend “The Heroine’s Journey” by Maureen Murdock.)
for the recording of the song i made use of the copper pipe instrument i just finished putting together. i’m happy with the actual recorded tracks though i may ask around for help with effects processing. what i’ve presented is my best mix for now. Ken helped with mastering.
my thanks to Christina, S & B for providing inspirational circumstances around the making of this song.
last month, a subscriber requested that lyrics be posted for each song; i’ll start including these at the end of each new song post:
she dig my hole, then, she toss me in Sara-Kali-Ereshkigal-Sara broad spirit comes back
comes to me red, black, with a lot to say
she sit my tail down, pull the wishbone wide
she ream my head out along the way
her dirt rain / reign dark down my falling / fallen skin
stripped so lonely i can’t even cry
i lay my head down along the way
she lay me out flat
she pin my tail down
pull the wishbone wide
she ream my head out
her dirt rain dark down
‘can’t even cry…
‘can’t even cry…
she dig my hole, then, she toss me in
broad spirit comes back
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