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today: A GOOD DAY
plus WHAT IS SPOKEN WORD?

Elsa's Creativity Space - Update
swirl - creativity emporium   Hello again,   Elsa of Elsa's creativity space 

About a dozen years ago, I began waking up with word pieces, songs, spoken word pieces in my head.

     Escape Velocity
     The Echo of the Echo
     Tank Almost Empty
     The Warmth Within
     Between the Feeling and the Fact, a Gap

One morning I woke up to a dream of a cowboy, complete with huge cowboy hat and fiddle. He was singing, in his cowboy voice:

     Don't ever forget
     life's a miracle and yet
     it hurts when you break
     a leg or a heart

I had no dream of becoming a songwriter or spoken word performer. But I did write down the words in my head, and kept on writing until it felt that the piece was done.

But what are they, these things most easily classified as "spoken word"? And why should you bother looking at them?

In my case, most often they capture moments. That's the best reason for looking at them. They bring alive moments of life, of feeling.

They rarely have a totally traditional structure, because a moment is rarely something that fits a neat structure.

I did think, at the start, that I would edit the pieces. I'd let them come as they liked, then chop them into the right shape, into song shape. They fell into pieces. Nothing felt right. I decided to let them be.

Some of you like the non-traditional. Far more of you don't want to look at anything that smacks of poetry, and especially not poetry that isn't quite poetry. I say, give it a try.

This week I've uploaded sound for 3 pieces. Sound: music along with words - words spoken or sung or both.

One piece is serious. Words Cannot Contain. The words came this spring when I heard from a friend that his son had died.

In this case, the musician and singer is my friend Ed, who lost his son. This rough draft was recorded about 3 months after his son's death.

Then there's Tank Almost Empty. I think we've all sometimes felt that the tank is almost empty.

Finally, there's something I call a silly season piece. At the Green Cabaret, the Aliens Play. Not only do they play, they snork and they squink, they fornick and kaninck.

So many different moments, so many different feelings.

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And that brings me to: it's been a good day. A long one, but productive.

I wrote about today a bit in my creativity blog.

Why was it a good day? Nothing awe inspiring. But some more steps have been taken. And I know that I'm not all alone on this creativity journey. Right now, thanks to my partner, Philippe. And to two friends. Mark, who's been there for a long time for sound production. And Ed, musician who hears music when he reads words. There are others. Karen, painter and long-time friend, comes to mind. But Philippe, Mark and Ed are the ones who come most to mind right now.

I hope you too have had a good day.

As always, all the best,

Elsa
September 30, 2007

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Welcome to Elsa's Creativity Space

Words Cannot Contain. Tank Almost Empty. Where Aliens Play.
Spoken word: words that capture moments, bring moments alive.
Elsas Creativity Space Update explores spoken word moments.


Elsas Creativity Space,
an all-round creativity site
exploring moments, memory, thoughts
through spoken word, song, story,
idea pieces, rap, journal, reflection, dreams, more.
Elsas Creativity Space.

 

Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity emporium is
Elsas creativity place

Gertrude Stein said, almost a century ago, a rose is a rose is a rose.

Much easier to say that, than to say
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space.

But just as a rose is a rose is a rose,
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space.

One could even go on to say that
a rose is a rose by any other name.

Likewise, one could hold that
Elsas creativity space is
Elsas creativity space
by any other name.

And many humans might not even notice if,
instead of
Elsas creativity space
I wrote
Elsas creativity place
or
Elsas creativity site.

Most humans would just register that it's
Elsas creativity something or other.

And it is.
But there's more.

The name is a signal.

This is
Elsas creativity place
Elsas creativity space.

i am not calling mayday. This is not a distress signal.

It's a hello signal, come see me, notice me.

Hello,
it's Elsas creativity space
Elsas creativity place
calling all search engines
to find me on my island
deserted but fertile
enchanted but isolated
creative and creating but too too alone.

Who will help me through my dark?
Who will help me make my mark?
Who will help me build my ark?
I cannot do it alone.

I'm calling to people
but strangely it's not people
I am turning to for help.

It's the web
the world wide web.

I'm calling hoping the web will hear that
Elsas creativity place
Elsas creativity space
is calling, calling, calling with longing and hope.

signed,

Elsa

Zee

Not-me

Sexe-Tete

All of me

including my early childhood self, Dely,
who took the name Elsa

July 9 , 2006
somewhat revised, February 6, 2007

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