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Words Pieces - NEW
Lean on Me words Nov 1, o7
The Echo of the Echo
   words & music, Oct 8, o7
It's Taboo words & music
Don't Waste My Time song plus...
   words & music version
Words Cannot Contain song

Tank Almost Empty
   words & music
Where Aliens Play
kid's song
The Time for Waiting is Completed
   spoken word

Not On Empty, Not On Full
   spoken word

Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     
on the Side Sept 11, o7
Up Against the Wall Sept 11, o7
Do I Need the Hook? Sept 9, o7
Don't Waste My Time  Aug 2,o7
Gray Morning  Aug 2, 07
It's Taboo  Aug 2, o7
Stop  Wait  Go On
The Warmth Within 

Words and Music !!
Can't Cross the Gap
White Chocolate, Hot Fudge Sauce
The Echo of the Echo
It's Taboo
Don't Waste My Time
Tank Almost Empty

Song !!
Words Cannot Contain
Where Aliens Play

Spoken Word !!
Not On Empty, Not On Full
The Time for Waiting is Completed

Words and Music MUSIC SOON
Walking with John Lennon
Heavy Rain
I Need
Gray Morning
Diamonds Dumb, Rhinestones Fun

     
Word Pieces - A Sampling
The Warmth Within
Stop  Wait  Go On
Do I Need the Hook?
This Person I Call Me
Escape Velocity
Who is My Match?
Is She Good Enough?
Chains in the Mind
My Father's Worlds
Come Waste My Time
My Dreams and I  
Do We Meet Again?
Love Gamble 
Love Gamble -
     FULL GAMBLE TANGLE
Don't Waste My Time

Locked in a LIttle Tiny
     Squishy Box
Up Against the Wall

Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     
on the Side

The Sexe-Tetes !!
White Chocolate and
     Hot Fudge Sauce MUSIC!!
Diamonds Dumb,
     Rhinestones Fun
The Sexe-Tete Galaxy

     Sexe-Tete Swirl in the Sky
 Come Waste My Time


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A Sorting

states of mind
Not On Empty, Not On Full
The Time for Waiting is Completed
Walking with John Lennon
My Dreams and I  
Words Cannot Contain
This Person I Call Me
Gray Morning
Can't Cross the Gap
Escape Velocity
Tank Almost Empty
Up Against the Wall
Who is My Match?
Chains in the Mind
Heavy Rain
I Need
Please Help Me Make
     My Dreams Come True
Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     on the Side

love
The Warmth Within
Stop  Wait  Go On
Do We Meet Again?
Love Gamble 
Love Gamble -
     FULL GAMBLE TANGLE
It's Taboo
Come Waste My Time

love trouble
Don't Waste My Time
Do I Need the Hook?
The Echo of the Echo
Is She Good Enough?
Heavy Rain
I Need
Tank Almost Empty
It's Taboo

other people
Walking with John Lennon
My Father's Worlds

fun
Where Aliens Play

kid stuff
This Person I Call Me
Where Aliens Play


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Sorting -

in the order they came

2007

Up Against the Wall
Do We Meet Again?
My Dreams and I  
Words Cannot Contain
The Sexe-Tete Galaxy
     Sexe-Tete Swirl in the Sky

Please Help Me Make
     
My Dreams Come True
Locked in a LIttle Tiny
     Squishy Box

2004
This Person I Call Me

2001
Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     on the Side

2000
Gray Morning
My Father's Worlds
Walking with John Lennon
White Chocolate and
     Hot Fudge Sauce

1999
Can't Cross the Gap

1998
The Time for Waiting is Completed
Where Aliens Play

Escape Velocity

Tank Almost Empty
Who is My Match?

1997
Love Gamble
Love Gamble -
     FULL GAMBLE TANGLE
Come Waste My Time
Chains in the Mind

1996
Stop  Wait  Go On
Heavy Rain
I Need

1994
Don't Waste My Time
Do I Need the Hook?
The Warmth Within
The Echo of the Echo
Is She Good Enough?
Not On Empty, Not On Full
It's Taboo





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IT'S TABOO TO SAY I LOVE YOU               

It's taboo to say I love you
     just because I feel
          the words rising in me
          strong and clear and real

I hear the words
          I love you

     rising in my throat
But my throat closes on them

I try to say the words
               and almost choke
          It's taboo

It's taboo to say I love your touch
          the feeling of your skin
          the warmth of your flesh
          your heartbeat deep within

          It's taboo

I don't know who taught me
     must have been long ago
But clearly, strongly, deeply
               I know
          It's taboo

I almost broke the silence
               many, many times
But was held back by the feeling
               that to say
                    I love you
               was not just taboo
               but to lie

     To feel love
               is taboo
          an even deeper taboo

I don't know who taught me
     must have been long ago
But clearly, strongly, deeply
               I know
          It's taboo

The punishment?  Humiliation
The punishment?  Shame
The punishment?  Consternation
The punishment?  Blame
                 or blankness
                 or a thankless sigh

I'm unsure of the punishment
But I'd rather die

No one can make me
     say
          I love you
No one can break me
     or my heart
          in two

Except
I long to say
          I love you
I long to praise
          all of you
I long to feel
          a closeness
     that's taboo

It's taboo
          to say
               I love you
     Yet I long to say the words

It's taboo
          to feel
               such feelings

What if the words fall once more on deaf ears?
What if they once more go unheard?
And what if I'm wrong?
What if this isn't love I'm feeling at all?

Yet you say you love me
          That's not taboo
                    for you
          And I feel your words
                    throughout me
     That's not taboo

Inside me, turmoil
Outside, a quiet look
As inside I struggle with an age-old

     taboo

Elsa
November 8, 1994
© copyright Elsa Schieder, 2007, all rights reserved

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November 2004. It had been a spring and summer and fall of song after song after song. I'd already tried to find musicians to work with. Not easy. I wasn't an insider. I was coming from left field. I didn't have a good singing voice. Good speaking voice though.

This piece has been recorded twice. Once with a melody from Ed Deigan, whom I met maybe 10 years ago (Tank Almost Empty, Words Cannot Contain). Don't know where that version is right now. And a second time with Michel Robidoux, a spoken word version, done in the hope of getting a grant to fund a spoken work CD. (Also with Michel Robidoux, Don't Waste My Time and The Echo of the Echo.)

As it turned out, that push for a grant came just about at the end of years of struggle to somehow get out into the world through finding musicians and also through finally getting a grant. Grants received: zero, though lots of positive reviews (and some negative).

Life took over - other things came to the forefront.

Last year I came back to my creative works, knowing that I needed a site. I didn't know just how it would shape up, but I knew utterly and profoundly that my works needed a home base, from which I could try to help them make their way into the world.

Lots of plans. Webcasts. Podcasts. Zee's Cafe Cafe.

But first, a home space.

Now it feels I'm very much at the jumping off point into the next phase.

For now I've dug out the spoken word version.

More is to be done - especially a version that comes close to what I hear in my head - but these versions will stay. The version I did with Ed came closer.

And then I want to do what I want done with most of my pieces, I want it woven into a story, so that it's part of the telling of a story.

Elsa
October 8, 2007

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copyright © 2007 - Elsa Schieder - words and vocals, all rights reserved
copyright © 2007 - Michel Robidoux, music, all rights reserved

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Its taboo to say I love you, just because I feel,
the words rising in me, strong and clear and real.
Its Taboo.
Elsas Words Music. Words rising in me.
Words spoken. Words sung. Words from within.


A dozen years ago,
I began to wake up
with word pieces -
words music, spoken word, songs -
in my head.
Escape velocity.
Echo of the echo.
Tank almost empty.
Can't cross the gap.
Welcome into my world.



WORDS MUSIC WORDS

Every time I'm going
into the words not knowing
what kind of thing I'm doing
what is this thing I'm making
what are these words creating

words music and me
words music can be
words music going
into worlds
not knowing
what words music worlds
the worlds will be

Words music, music words, rhythm beat,
spoken word, song,
words music, words beat,
rap poetry,
trip hip unhip unzipped
whispered, shouted, sung.

What is this?
spoken word poetry?
rap tap rhythm song?

Where do these words belong?
They don't follow song rules
so they can't be songs
Are some rap
with a rap beat?
Are some spoken word?
Some are to be sung -
country, trip hop, pop, folk, blues,
country folk, rock and roll, rap,
world beat, jazz, folk pop,
rhythm and blues.

words music words
rhythm beat strong
words to be spoken
words to be sung
words to be lived
moments

word music worlds
rhythm beat

What's cooking?
Whatever comes -
words alive
words strong
words music worlds
rhythm beat
strong
movement
words moving
words shaping
words taking
words trying
     to catch life
     to catch moments
        moments like fireflies
          one moment bright
          next moment gone
words
words and rhythm
words to be spoken
words to be sung
words, sounds, music

word music worlds

words going on and on
like the beat of a drum
word pieces
piecing together moments

word music worlds

stronger
fainter
closer

and then
can't hear
they're gone

like moments

 

Elsa
July 15, 2006
 © copyright - Elsa Schieder - 2007, all rights reserved