Silver Wire 1 – For Every Thing that Lives is Holy (condensed)

by Caroline Kraabel

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A 10-minute condensation of the first evening of Silver Wire performances (instigated by C. Kraabel), on 19 October 2015.
The event featured a suggested walk through Blake-related places nearby (including railway tunnels, as you will hear), readings of Blakes poetry, and three sets of improvised music. It took place at the Iklectik Art Lab, a stone's throw from Blake's 1790-1800 home in Hercules Buildings, Lambeth, London.
The recordings were made by C. Kraabel and by the Iklectik Art Lab.

lyrics

From William Blake’s America, plate 8 …

The fiery joy that Urizen perverted to ten commands,

What night he led the starry hosts thro’ the wide wilderness:

That stony law I stamp to dust: and scatter religion abroad

To the four winds a torn book, & none shall gather the leaves;

But they shall rot on desart sands, & consume in bottomless deeps;

To make the desarts blossom, & the deeps shrink to their fountains,

And to renew the fiery joy, and burst the stony roof.

That pale religious letchery, seeking Virginity,

May find it in a harlot, and in coarse-clad honesty

The undefil’d tho’ ravished in her cradle night and morn:

For every thing that lives is holy, life delights in life;

Because the soul of sweet life can never be defiled.

credits

released January 5, 2017
Caroline Kraabel - sax, voice
Maggie Nicols - voice
Charlotte Hug - viola, voice
John Edwards - double bass
Phil Wachsmann - violin, viola

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