“To the Brim Again” is, at its core, an ode to drinking. I wrote the words back in February of this year, so the piece is definitely informed by the pandemic, but I hope it captures something more timeless. I was lucky enough to collaborate with the fantastically talented musician Mark R. Heath on this spoken song, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. It leans heavily on reverie, but also journeys grandly through other moods and intensities.
So one night recently I stayed up late writing a sermon. Well, not a real sermon.
My idea was that the piece of writing could become the basis of a song, so I approached a couple of talented musicians and they were onboard with the idea.
What they created is amazing – reminiscent of Depeche Mode or Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy, maybe. Singer Blair Dean contributed his growling croon, and MMA provided his distinctively shimmering industrial throb. Tongues Are Speaking is a dark wave synth song that stays true to the original piece of writing – taking on prosperity theology and all of its problematic promises.
I’m pleased to announce that a short poem I wrote has been featured in Literary Arts Collection, a magazine of writing and visual arts. The poem is called Burial Celestial, and is accompanied in the issue by a lovely piece of art (above) by Ami Beaver. Please do consider supporting the many talented artists involved by purchasing a copy here!
ALSO, I worked with several musicians to create a spoken song out of the poem. The end result is an ethereal dreamscape that is now the newest release by Terminal 2 Recordings. You can download it or take a listen here!
I hope you all enjoy this work, which is inspired by the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, and by the lifecycle of the luna moth.
This piece is a reimagining of Goethe’s classic poem, “The First Walpurgis Night”, about druids in old Germany attempting to practice pagan rituals in the face of new and dominating Christian forces. Enjoy!
Words and main voice – Lost in a State (aka Matthew Peipert)
Sound Design – Juniana
Additional voices – Jess Johnson & D. Satan
Cover art – “Leprechaun en Llamas”, by Justin Auld
Appropriate to the times we are living in, I have released a new track called “Bad Germ”
It’s a poem told in two voices, complemented by the fantastic music of talented musicians Signal Box (aka Robin Anthony Coe) and MMA (aka Martin Cantwell). Special thanks to both of them for being part of this project, and to special guest D. Zimmer, who contributed his great voice.
Fair warning – the track is a bit dark. You may want to pour yourself a stiff drink both before and after listening.
Here’s something very peculiar for these very peculiar times. A steam iron, a cello and samples of my poem all contribute to a piece by musician and neighbor Juniana as part of the Extradition Series’ Social Distancing Project.
I’d like to announce the release of the track “Every Last”! My poem and lyrics combine with the music of super-talented Mark R. Heath, with singer Pia providing the vocals. Fair warning: this is not a pop song!