#17 - No Place But Here, Song + Video 

Alrighty, I went with "song" on the No Place But Here poem from post #16.  It did get changed a bit to become a song, and I made a video to go with it. 

I decided to make this video public, to make it more share-able.   I consider it an "'I Am' Poem" for shelter-in-place times. 
Below is the video (with song), and I placed the mp3 I made of the song in the player, at the bottom of the page. You can download it, if you like.

For the video, make sure your Youtube settings are at HD, 1080p quality. It will help make it clearer, for reasons I'm not quite clear on, myself. 

No Place But Here 

I am a writer, a touring troubadour 
I am flyer, from London to New York 

I am a herder sidling up from behind 
I am a worker digging holes to Palestine 

But now I can see, it is completely clear 
I am no one but me and no place but here 

I am a singer in a crowded concert hall 
I am a mother, and I’ve given them my all 

I am a priestess in the mists of Avalon 
I am an artist turning pages I have drawn 

But now I can see, it is completely clear 
I am no one but me, and no place but here 

I’m just a diehard loner, a fire poker, a lifeboat rower 

I am a teacher in a vast and ignorant land 
I am a preacher, at the door to shake your hand 

I am a failure, grasping where I cannot reach 
I am a monster with no limits to my greed 

But now I can see, it is completely clear 
I am no one but me, and no place but here

I wrote, recorded, video'ed and edited this piece over the course of 5 days, which is pretty amazing considering my tightly booked schedule right now (ha ha.) But really, it's pretty fast, for me.  I imagine some aspects of it might be more to my liking if I took more time for revisions.  But, sometimes you're just driven to create and finish, so I did. 

Below are the pages I used for writing, and some more notes below that, about process.

After this page, I went to the computer, as I was ready to start working with a limited number of lines. I still do further editing on the computer, it's just fine tuning though, versus building blocks. 

I made the recording using a little tiny mic attached to my iPad, via Garageband.  I was pleased enough with the results, having not really tried Garageband before. 

The video was taken on my iPad as well, using an iPad holder mounted to a mic stand, that I drug all over the place for the day.  I was glad to be rid of that heavy appendage at the end of the afternoon.  I don't like selfies, so it can be a challenge for me to do this kind of thing.  I think the somewhat melancholic effect worked fine for the song, though I managed to capture one scene that showed some genuine pleasure toward the end, when I'm looking up at the sky, and my thumb is in the camera.  That's because I thought I was filming the sky (then I realized and turned it around.)

5 comments

  • gene
    gene
    "I am a teacher in a vast and ignorant land"--might powerful and true.

    "I am a teacher in a vast and ignorant land"--might powerful and true.

  • Katja Edgar
    Katja Edgar
    What a glory to see, hear, experience at the beginning of my day. Love how this turned out, Rita!

    What a glory to see, hear, experience at the beginning of my day. Love how this turned out, Rita!

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Gene - yes indeed, hard to wrap our heads around how vulnerable the population is. And large. Katja - I'm so glad you like it, and that it helped get your day started! Thank you.

    Gene - yes indeed, hard to wrap our heads around how vulnerable the population is. And large.
    Katja - I'm so glad you like it, and that it helped get your day started! Thank you.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Has anyone spotted the sneaky surprise guest in the video?

    Has anyone spotted the sneaky surprise guest in the video?

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Wetiko and a butterfly.

    Wetiko and a butterfly.

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