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On the day that changed our lives, we met at Amys all-white apartment in Dupont Circle to talk about what each of us was going to do now that our band was broken. As we laughed, cried and drank wine, Amy took out a 30-key Casio keyboard and played the first verse of Carnival. Elizabeth sang harmony. I was blown away. It was that song that kept us together at the very moment that we were going to say goodbye. Now, on the eve of our 14th Anniversary, how glorious to honor each other with a salute to the Carnival we created!
For this recording, Carnival should weave in and out of other songs, pulling all the disparate parts together into one piece. The whole should be as twisted as a day at the carnival (and our career); some light moments, some dark, some heavy, some giddy. The pace shouldnt let up until the very last note. We can keep the three pop songs together but everything else should be framed with the atmosphere of Mayhem on the Midway.
At some point, three little girls should sneak under the canvas of a Freak Show tent and be forever changed by what they discover inside. The three of us will be three freaks in that tent. That will be illustrated by three separate solo pieces a song...spoken word...whatever each of us wants to do. There will be NO editing by OR compromise with OR answering to the other two on these pieces, unless so desired. These will be honest, completely free and totally solo moments from each of us. The only restriction is that the moment must deal with being a freak. Perhaps the three girls will be we as children meeting us as adults.
All the Carnival bits will be recorded on an Edison cylinder to give them the warped, nostalgic sound of a torn daguerreotype. All the sound effects of an amusement park will be used; rides, barkers, screams, laughter, crying, games and all kinds of calliope organs. The overall effect should alternately trigger joyful thrills and chilling shivers up and down the spine. It should be a wild rollercoaster ride, short and intense with a dizzying ending that makes you want to get back in line to take the trip again and again and again...
(The carnival sounds and 3/4 time music begin again.)
PINS AND NEEDLES
(Carnival sounds. The carnival music is in funky, uptempo 4/4:)
(Carnival sounds and music. We hear three little girls walking up from
far away and singing.)
SOLO PIECE - "One of Us" [a rocking chair squeaks on a porch
on an oppressively hot summer day. A sample from the film "Freaks"
is used, the carnies chanting "one of us".]
(3/4 time music up.)
(At least two full minute of silence goes by, then there is uproarious belly laughter.)
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