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Wear It Like It's Black
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x. Wear It Like It's Black
x. Recipe of how it came to be
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WEAR IT LIKE IT'S BLACK - AUGUST 2011

kept inside a golden cage
of jewelry, expensive dresses
the brightest colours of the day
in perfect pearls with satin sashes

in feathers like the whitest snow
you shower me in flowers
shower me in gold
it doesn't matter what you give

I'll wear it like it's black
I'll wear it like the night
I'll wear it like the darkness
I'll wear it like it's black

my heart once burned for you
but now it's cold, beats no more
withered on your marble floor
swallowed the key, I'm ebony

in crystal mirrored memories
you shower me in diamonds
shower me in sunlight
imprison me in adornment

I'll wear it like it's black
I'll wear it like the night
I'll wear it like the darkness
I'll wear it like it's black

I'll wear it like it's black
I'll wear it like the night
I'll wear it like a thousand crows - black

your shooting stars, they are just trinkets
rolled in carpet that smells of dog
take my breath, my eyes won't twinkle
my soul is lost, loves no more

I'll wear it like it's black
I'll wear it like the night
I'll wear it like the darkness
I'll wear it like it's black

I'll wear it like it's black
I'll wear it like the night
I'll wear it like a thousand crows

black - like my eyes
black - like my lungs
black and scarred - like my heart

(ingredients: a clarinet, a harmonica, a pa-pa choir, sighs, a lead vocal, a good microphone)
 
RECIPE OF HOW IT CAME TO BE

Once upon a time, on a rainy day, I found an ancient sound editing program (audition 1) hidden on my big old granny computer. I have no idea where it came from, for I had definitely not added it, but it must have been hanging out there for quite some years already.

The program is so old that it doesn't allow much more than simple editing. However, I found that this limitation - with it's modest toys - provided a large playground and endless imagination (while having too many and too detailed toys to play with usually kills all the fun).

Playing around with it, I recorded a voice - with the microphone of my headset - that demanded a choir. So, having no other singers around, I recorded some more. The choir came to live and demanded other instruments.

But I only had two instruments laying around, a clarinet and a guitar. The clarinet I hadn't played for a long time, I never quite mastered playing the guitar and, despite my efforts, I did not find any musicians hidden in any of the cupboards.

For recording, I was stuck to my little bedroom (the wires of the headset are rather short and my old granny computer found unmovable), so I went hamstering about the house and dragged whatever objects that could produce some kind of sound back into the bedroom and then waited for them to tell me what they wanted to do (very rarely I used a sample, found in the webs somewhere or recorded with my mobile phone).

While the words and melodies poured out of my fingers, mouth, nose and ears, I couldn't get myself to stop. I didn't sleep, I didn't eat, the time passed without a glance in the mirror or on the clock.

Practically every night, one could find me imitating percussion, trumpets and singing saws and banging about on household equipment with ...other household equipment (you can view the ingredients below the lyrics of each song), while sitting in my little bedroom, between the pillows.

After a few songs and a few weeks living like that, my cat was fed up by the neglect and resolved to confront me, making me realise that it's actually quite neccessary to eat, sleep and moreover, wash myself (as well as the pillows).

So these days, I put some effort in taking care of the household again. The pillows get their fresh cover on regular basis and I make sure to spend a lot of quality time with my cat. But, occasionally I return to wander the roads of midnight madness to make more music.
 
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