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Stones

2011 February 5

Sometimes it’s the simplest stories that have the most meaningful impact. I outlined the fledging collaborative project that has begun with some SLA students in Zach Chase’s class in Philadelphia in the letter I wrote them.  A look at the comments could prove useful for context of this post. As promised, I have taken the nuggets of poetry from their comments on my Flickr Set and set them to song.

Here you go SLA, my song to you. What will you do with it? Download it. Remix it. Add your voice to it. Set it to images. Create a video. Rap it. This version is only a draft and is not even close to being “done.” Tear it up!

Stones by intrepidflame

Here is another version by a teacher in Canada:

Stones by Bryanjack

Looks like NoiseProfessor in California has added his take to the mix. Take a listen here.

The nature of art in the twenty first century is that it never ends and doesn’t belong to any one artist. We are in this together…your move!

stones

sometimes I wonder how many stones
there are in the world.
i found a light in your simple “Hello”
like the way grass dances in the breeze
Choosing between clashing vibrancies
she sings ohh how she sings

i can erase what i choose to forget
we fear the pen because it leaves a stain
like the lives of rocks and flower,
that tell the story of the world.

These are the years in which life is beautiful.
Each and every day a miracle.
A tiny person in a large world
filled with intrigue and wonder.

a warm orange flower rests against my skin
sweet serenity full and wide
I grab the spoon of your smile and dig
in these moments we forget ourselves
we breathe the ecstasy of golden silence
heaven has not been that far off after all
we just had to open our eyes
we just had to be open

These are the years in which life is beautiful.
Each and every day a miracle.
A tiny person in a large world
filled with intrigue and wonder.

I don’t watch television much anymore
but whenever I do I can feel it on my hands
the dusty residue
from carrying fistfuls of stones.

lonely I lay flat
Among dull gray stones
I want to go home

I want to go home

lonely I lay flat
Among dull gray stones
I want to go home

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  1. avatar
    wmchamberlain
    Twitter: wmchamberlain
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    February 5, 2011

    You sound like Dylan!

  2. avatar
    February 5, 2011

    And, of course….

    blocked by the district.

    *sigh*

  3. avatar
    Luna permalink
    February 5, 2011

    I made two Wordles, one of this song and one of all of our comments:

    http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3095183/Flickr_-_Connected_Stones
    (the song)

    http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3095175/Flickr_-_Connected_World
    (the comments)

    A Wordle, by the way, makes a diagram of a bunch of text. The more often a word is used, the larger it appears.

  4. avatar
    Adrienne
    Twitter: amichetti
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    February 6, 2011

    I want to contribute! But how do I do this? I don’t have an accessible instrument. GarageBand? I’ve been a musician all my life, and a techie for a good part of it, but I’m a complete music tech n00b!

    • avatar
      Jabiz permalink*
      February 6, 2011

      I think you can do this Adrienne! You don’t need an instrument. Maybe you can Keri Lee and do something together.

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