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  • Musical Interludes, by Hannah Stephenson
  • December10th

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    As a sentimental person, I get extra sentimental as things end: seasons, semesters, and of course, years.

    Let’s lose the end-of-the-year blues in favor of GROOVES, shall we?
    Here are three songs that will help us properly celebrate 2013, as it rapidly draws to a close.

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    In these interludes,  poet and singer-songwriter  Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • November13th

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    Reasons you will love The Staves:h


    * Gorgeous harmonies.

    * Earnest, appealing, well-written songs.
    Understated but powerful choruses.
    * Sister group! (See also HAIM and  FIRST AID KIT)
    * Great hair. (See also HAIM and FIRST AID KIT, again)

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    In these interludes,  poet and singer-songwriter  Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • October8th

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    As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a firm believer in creative ritual and habit. And I’d wager that many of you artists and creative thinkers are, too!

    For the past week and a half, I’ve had one album (and mostly, one song!) on repeat while writing poems. I’ve loved Volcano Choir (Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees….sounds good already, doesn’t it?) since I first heard Unmap a few years ago. Their recently-released Repave does not disappoint.

    “Alaskans” is my current muse-soundtrack. It’s a perfect song when I need to live in my writing-brain: ethereal vocals, serene tone, and hypnotic lyrics (that “decide, decide, decide, decide/repave, repave, repave, repave” haunts me—and speaks to what we do as artists, deciding, building, and then building onto/over what we’ve made).

    How about you? What songs have you been turning to for clarity and inspiration?

    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • September10th

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    For the last few days, I’ve been adding to this collage (on Padlet–it’s an online bulletin board that anyone can add to! Very fun.) of songs about Ohio. Some of the songs are about the state, some are about the Ohio River…almost all have to do with nostalgia.

    I find it fascinating that a number of them are sonically similar, especially in voice/arrangement/genre. What is it about soft, semi-gruff male voices singin’ about the state in which I live? 

    Know any others?
    Click on the wall and add them!

    What songs about your home (whether city, state, province, or country) do you love?

     

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriterHannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • July9th

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    I’m happy to share with you a new track by Whitcomb Halls (aka me and Marcus, my husband, who is featured on lead vocals!): “Out for Blood.” Not as sinister as it may sound, perhaps…

    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

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    * P.S. These two lovebirds should do a live show, don’t you think? I’d love to see them :) Thea news to come too… as little baby girl, Amelie, arrived on June 16 and she’s magical… Thea’s learning to be a mum  ;)

  • June9th

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    Another dance party, now halfway through 2013 (let’s just pretend I didn’t acknowledge that it’s already June–sound good?).

    J.D. McPherson, “North Side Gal”

    Jhameel, “How Many Lovers”

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    It wouldn’t be a dance party without these guys. Matt and Kim, “It’s Alright”

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    Islands, “Hallways”

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    And a slow jam, for the lovebirds. Gayngs, “Last Prom on Earth”

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • May8th

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    Need a little motown in your modern life?
    Look no further, friends. Here are five songs (some covers, some not) that’ll have you breaking out the heavenly harmonies, slick jackets, spangled gowns, and subtle, synchronized dance moves. You bring the horns, and I’ll bring my tambourine…

    Raphael Saadiq ft. Joss Stone, “Just One Kiss”

    Janelle Monae, “I Want You Back”
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    Mayer Hawthorne, “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’”
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    Thao Nguyen, “You Really Got a Hold on Me”

    hBruno Mars, “Valerie”

     

    Let us know: which songs or artists satisfy your Motown cravings?

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

     

  • April9th

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    This month, a new song for you, by the musical group my husband and I have tentatively named “Whitcomb Halls.”

    The song is called “Abandon this House,” and we hope you like our little experiment.


    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • March11th

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    This week, I’ve been thinking about a fascinating essay, “Fear and Photography, Opening a discussion on lost images,” by Ian Aleksander Adams (in Ahorn Magazine, Issue 2).

    Adams explores the differences between recording images and experiencing them (we can do both, sometimes, he thinks). Most intriguingly to me, he considers the fear artists have around accidentally losing what we make.

    He describes a memory from an early photography class, in which he was given an assignment to create “something worthy of the cover of Time Magazine.” Adams describes himself laboring over constructing a set, using artificial lights for the first time, and getting fully immersed in his ideas. He imagines, “Everyone will see the depth of my concept and be in awe of my execution.”

    And then, what you can see coming happens. “The next morning in class,” Adams recalls,  “I carefully and methodically ruin my film by forgetting to screw the top of my canister on all the way.”

    He describes being haunted by his imagined perfection of those images, and his profound experience of loss surrounding them: “[H]ere are images made, composed, captured, but in the mind and memory, unable to become transfixed to paper through our familiar photographic process. They will be photographs to me still, strangely, not simple memories – something about their creation has bound them to the photographic idea, and I will remember them as images as much as experiences – and they are immeasurably important to me and my perception of the world. How can this be learned from? Played with? How can this experience be shared?”

    I think about how this relates to all art. Though I identify as a poet, I write songs, too. Throughout the years, I’ve written songs that I don’t remember anymore. Various band projects never took off, and the songs we had been working on were discarded. Where are these songs now? Do they still exist, these little abandoned worlds, like dusty, old snow globes in some forgotten storage space?

    I’ve lost poems before (part of being an artist is losing what we make, from time to time). Hard drives have crashed (I shudder even typing this, and then remember my external hard drive in the closet, and then shudder again, imagining it tumbling from the shelf and shattering on the floor). Fragments of those poems come back to me, and sometimes I wish I could see them (not because they were any good, but because I have the urge to revisit them sometimes, just to see them).

    The easier it gets to make and replicate art, the easier it is lose it. Or maybe the nature of art is that it is always easy to lose. We keep trying to freeze moments, but a thaw in inevitable.

    What creative losses have you experienced? Were they valuable to you, in anyway? Which ghostly projects haunt you?

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

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    3 WEEKS left to make a wondorus pattern & enter our Easter contest!!

  • February8th

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    by Austin Tott Photography

    by Austin Tott Photography

    Swoon-worthy covers of five love songs.
    Ready the fainting couch, friends….

     

    Bon Iver, “Come Talk to Me”

     

    Beth Orton and M. Ward, “Buckets of Rain”

     

    Lauryn Hill’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

     

    Adele, “Lovesong”

    Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes), “Book of Love”

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

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