Elephant Beaten With Candy

by Blue Verhey

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Hint of More 03:49
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Any Religion 04:24
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Is It So 04:54
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A No Since 03:02
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“THE EXCITINGNESS OF PURE BEING…”

Elephant Beaten with Candy is an invigorating transformation of Gertrude Stein’s seminal prose-poem, “Tender Buttons.”
Though complex and unconventional, it is uplifting and memorable.

• Genre: Math Funk, Future Jazz, Spoken Word Soul
• Most Likely to Succeed: “Is It So” (Track 5)
• Sweet Spot for Extended Play: Tracks 4, 5, 6, and 7

A Statement by the Artist:

It was in Paris in the early 20th century that Gertrude Stein was inspired by Cubism, an avant-garde art movement whereby “objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form... the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.” (Wikipedia) To quote Stein herself: “And so in Tender Buttons and then on I struggled with the ridding of myself of nouns... if anything that is everything was to go on meaning something.” Today's DJ, in a similar process, deconstructs existing recordings into loops, and then, through remixing, creates a “greater context” for the material.

In later years, Cubism famously embraced elements of popular and indigenous art; I believe Stein shares my passion for such intellectual and visceral integration. In this music, you'll never be too far from the comfort of a familiar genre, and in Stein's words (brought to life by the mellifluous voice of Cori Samuel), you'll hear described, often with a sense of humor, a world of everyday miracles; from lakes to lilacs, from the moon to the mountains, from dancing to dinner... a world suffused with what she calls: “The Excitingness of Pure Being.”

"All this makes a magnificent asparagus." (Track 5)

Visual and literary sources exist in the public domain.

Contact Information:

Paul “Blue” Verhey
blue.verhey@gmail.com

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released December 14, 2016

Blue Verhey: music
Cori Samuel: voice (librivox.org)

Artwork: "Colored Composition (Hommage To Johann Sebastian Bach)", August Macke, 1912

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There is no use there is no use at all in smell, in taste, in teeth, in toast, in anything, there is no use at all and the respect is mutual. (Gertrude Stein)

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