Friday, October 24, 2014

Sonic Harvest

Leaves falling-- or fallen- here in Vermont, and a long stretch of  raw, rainy days.  Autumn seems to bring on a sense of completion-- temporary, of course-- to projects at hand, a shift and fade into to a time of looking and listening inward.

This fall I have released two EPS of new music.

 LONGING WEST collects songs and instrumentals inspired by last winter's visit to the mountains of northern Colorado, (The title track itself is sort of a sound sculpture from near the Continental Divide.)

BLUE/STEEL/SILVER gathers a year's worth of ambient and contemplative sound paintings made with steel guitar and lap top-- dreamy, sometimes dissonant, these pieces are made to evoke in sound mysterious shores, landscapes, and  skylines.

 I hope you enjoy listening to some of my sonic harvest this season.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Asking October (Poem and Painting)

       October: Mountains, Lake, Light- Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2014.

 Asking October

How can the hobblebush in autumn
reveal on each leaf 
both frost and flame?

What was it in yesterday’s communion
with a stranger—warm angel in cold
halo of morning—that
pulled my heart wide open?

Why am I at once hollowed-out empty and
fulfilled beyond measure
by the shimmer of leaves on beech, birch, poplar,
the eternal silent thrum
of momentary light?

-Kevin Macneil Brown