After 20 years of writing narrative poetry I veered off into a style I call atmospheric / landscape poetry and this is the first examples of that. Too many musicians to mention all their names. Justine Flynn even wrote a complex chart for one of the numbers. (Mostly everything else is purely freeform spontaneous glorious intuition.)
These sort of poems, what I call landscapes & atmospheres, got kicked into motion when David Parlato asked me to write a series of verse about the Elements for some things he was composing for his big band, the Outpost Repertory Jazz Orchestra. When I was done with that project I just kept writing in that vein. Planet Earth is to survive 14 billion years. Mankind came into existence 3 million years ago. During the Ice Ages—500,000~30,000 years BP (Before Present) the polar ice cap extended down as far as Mid-Ohio. These glaciers were a mile high. Summer & winter migrations, north & south, began during this time.
Tracklist: 1. (perspectives) 2. air & the sea 3. (flame) 4. branches of light 5. (suspensions) #2 6. it is one of those things missing 7. earth water fire 8. The Sky 9. thunder sparked ocean 10. (4 billion years ago, dusk) 11. (taking it easy) 12. this valley of carrots 13. ethereal takes you in 14. 53 billion years ago) 15. river town 16. 7 Billion Years Hence 17. First Man came to the sparks 18. why we do sleep at night 19. (Embudo Canyon, Sandia Mountains) 20. star come out of the night 21. (100th meridian, 30,000 BP) 22. glacier 23. (suspension) 24. it was not calm 25. looking back
Mixed & mastered at UBIK Sound, Albuquerque, New Mexico by Manny Rettinger. Graphicology by J.B. Bryan