1-13-24

Onion Creek, WA

“Hell On This Earth” is actually the very first “official” Flowers For Kristin recording. I didn't have a lot of options, at the time, so … go figure. This was long before I knew anything about vocal synthesis, and it was deliberately meant to sound jaded and overly sedate, in the style of Lou Reed. Something I could stand there and smoke to, while performing. As if. (I hadn't really belted a tune in years. What was I going to do? Start a rock band in Wall, South Dakota?) I eventually went on to study medieval music and Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy via Mount Mercy University, online, so … go figure.  

The lyrics are attached to the file, somehow, I guess. Idk. Or, just click here.

 

10-2-23

When this first set of songs began to emerge, I wasn't really sure if I had the gear or the knowledge needed in order to make a passable recording, just yet, but knew I at least had the bare essentials. (Funeral Singers was done using only a boom box and a cheap set of headphones, for a monitoring system. There are a couple of others like that, floating around.) One evening, over the Winter of 2020, I just started playing a riff on my new 12-string, with Bowie's Space Oddity kind of floating around in the corridors of my mind. I'm still a huge fan of Mick Ronson's work, to this day, and it remains a great source of inspiration. I was using Twitter, at the time, and remember thinking to myself, after reading something from the space nut community: "I don't want to go to Mars. I just want to go to sleep." The song seemed to write itself so quickly that I just decided to roll with it and simply capture the formative chapter of the project, regardless of how the sound might progress in days to come. 

Hush-a-Bye and Krypton were written on a whim, as I whistled to myself while planting clover, that following Spring.  They're about to be combined into one song, for the Cicadidi project, with an electro-acoustic abstraction on homespun mountain music. Kristin is originally from Missouri, so I could do no less than to oblige her in such a way. The new ones are a lot easier to produce, as well, and a lot more fun because I get to color outside the lines a bit. 

Thanks for listening.

KK

i don't wanna 
              
         go 

              to mars 

 

i just 
    wanna 

    go 
     
                  to 
          sleep 

 

in your lovin' arms 

promises 
  
         to 
       keep 

 

o for the life 
         of 
              a 
     stranger 

or a superstar 

i couldn't  
   handle the pressure 

      of that  
stupid car 

          any 
     way 

 

what a place 
for a  
            trap 
   door 

and a pie 
       in  
   the sky 

everything you could  
      ever  
 ask  
            for 

 

what a world 
      just to  
   die  
        for 

when the weather  
               Is  
       kind 

the work of devils 
       to be  
                sure 

 

why bother  
  drivin' due south? 

nobody really 
    cares 

          about  

some old trick 
    with a  
          couple of deuces 

 

but as long as 
we're  
    going 
         down 

i know an  
              easier 
        way  
 around 

we could be  
    halfway to cruces  

 

i don't wanna 
  
       fall  

              apart 

i just 
    wanna 

    fall 
     
                 asleep 

 

near your precious heart 

and my soul 
  
         to 
       keep 

 

already feel 
       like 
     
      a stranger 

don't need to be a star 

oo baby 
   under the pressure 

      of that  
stupid car 

          any 
     way 

 

i don't wanna go to mars  
i don't wanna go to mars 
i don't wanna go to mars 

3-31-22

Onion Creek, WA

Today is the third anniversary of Kristin's passing. Probably not enough can be said. 

Coincidentally, it's also the third anniversary of this website. I bought the domain on the very same day, without knowing what had happened. Needless to say, it's here to stay for a while, come what may.

KK

7-1-22

Onion Creek, WA

I've got a theme developing. Bear with me. I didn't say we weren't going to space.

KK