The Fall of Bagdad

The Fall of Bagdad[1] Don Pedro wakes this autumn day, Descends the stairs to his bar, And wiping down the rough-hewn wood, Prepares to pour the drinks. For years his cantina thrived on gold That cotton transport culled From slaves that Texas cruelly worked Throughout the Civil War. In fact,…

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Lyrics from Philosophical Zombie

Silence Silence creeps like a thick, white fog To fill her ears and her mind with naught. In the stillness of the blackest night, It amplifies her every fright. Silence— She hates the silence: She wants to fill that void with a joyous sound. The skittering sounds that silence makes…

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Philosophical Zombie

Philosophical Zombie (2008) was my sophomore effort. More lyrical and introspective than This Insubstantial Pageant, this album features more traditional vocal work and instrumentation. You can listen to the songs by clicking on the track name below, or download the entire album free as a zipped folder. Silence When She…

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Lyrics from This Insubstantial Pageant

Huckleberry Juju Huckleberry juju. Magnolia fire. Bayou flatboat. Palmetto moon. Black snake napping Up in a mossy oak. Hound in the swamp. Cottonmouth rainstorm. Sweetgrass baskets. Catching sense. Brotherhood mended Through taking of hands. Gospel elevation At backwoods church. Gullah conversation With the hoodoo man. Sip some sun-brewed tea, Barbequed…

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This Insubstantial Pageant

My first album, a very experimental and eclectic mix of electronic music from various subgenres, everything from 80s dance to alternative to modern techno. The project sort of grew organically out of my attempts to emulate two of my favorite bands: Cocteau Twins and Underworld. You can listen to songs…

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Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres

Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres is a series of nine instrumental pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. You can listen to the tracks by clicking on either the titles below or the play button for each, or you can download a zipped folder containing…

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Ramayana, Volume 1

I have been fascinated for more than a decade by the Indian epic Ramayana, reading it in several translations and adaptations and pondering the lessons of the ancient poem.  Over the course of four years I crafted musical interpretations of scenes/themes in the text. The first twelve of these comprise…

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Iron Horse, Mythic Horn

Iron Horse, Mythic Horn from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge They was all four of them sitting in a cantina in Lordsburg when I found them, the queerest group of heroes you ever seen: a white man, in his forties, wearing a battered old slouch hat pulled low…

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The Black Dog

The Black Dog from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge The first time Charlie López saw the black dog was also his first day in the white kids’ second-grade class. But its seemingly supernatural form was just another in a string of amazing occurrences in the town of Driscoll…

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