song for AWE & DREAD

by Tommy Becker / TAPE NUMBER ONE

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Song for Awe & Dread | 8min | 2015 (Intro - 2min) www.tommybecker.com#/song-for-awe-dread/

Song for Awe & Dread is a contemporary take on the vanitas paintings of the 17th century and an investigation into the emotional duality of our existence. It is AWEsome to be human and to be alive, but the evolution of human intelligence has also burdened our species with a self-awareness of life’s impermanence. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called these two uniquely human emotions, awe and dread. Through its symbolic meditation on mortality, this work attempts to find meaning between the fleeting flavors of bubblegum and cultural programming that entrenches us in our denial of death.

lyrics

A poem to be read dressed in black
Wearing a skeleton mask
With a piece of gum in your mouth
While standing on a stack of books
As you read a list of chewing gum flavors

Sucrose cubes manufactured
Tucked away in confetti wrappers
Colored bulbs blown to disaster
Explode and stick on lips with laughter

Cindy texts with a mouth of lather
Jenna gnaws elastic pleasure
Eric stretches his tropic flavor
But baby, nothing
Never ever, lasts forever

Billie’s last piece will be shared
Dexter’s wads one beneath his chair
Julie spits one to the street
Christie clicks and snaps and tweets

Dennis chews and downs drinks a coke
Sasha tucks one in a tardy note
David chews but its lost all flavor
But baby, nothing
Never ever, lasts forever

All we need we know
We death in a crystal bowl
Crowns and fools gold
Clocks and mind control
All we need we know
Smile it’s a circus show
The planks of shipped wrecked boats
The tongues of buried poems

(Dialogue interlude)

Debbie sticks it to the water fountain
Jamie discards to build her mountain
Joel’s bubble slowly drains
Roger chews till his jaws in pain

Reneka’s piece warmed to goo
Jeremy curses as he lifts his show
April’s dry she wants more flavor
But baby, nothing
Never ever, lasts forever

Nicole laughs it down her blouse
Alex pulls wrapper form his mouth
Sophie gags on a piece from Jill
Luke’s addicted to the sugar pill

Adams chews twenty on a dare
Daniel flicks one into Rebecca’s hair
Amy’s mouth is leaking flavor
But baby, nothing
Never ever, lasts forever

A poem to be read dressed in black
Wearing a skeleton mask
With a piece of gum in your mouth
While standing on a stack of books
Holding a wall clock
As you read a list of chewing gum flavors
Before you spit out your piece of gum
And jump off the stack of books
To hit a cymbal with the leg of a mannequin
Before you begin walking circles around your piece of gum
As you contemplate the cyclical nature of our being
And the sound of the cymbal as it fades to a silence
Like the final breath of the earth’s last living dinosaur

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released January 21, 2015
Music & Text & Video: written, recorded, performed and edited by Tommy Becker ©2015
instructional poetry read by - Don Johnson
skeleton characters performed by - Billy Mark
backing vocals - Rosie Harald
public domain footage - collected from the Prelinger Archives.

A huge THANK YOU!!! to all my students for their enthusiastic participation.
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