Friday, March 11, 2011

Audio: Saturn

It's Friday again. You know what that means....multimedia time!

Some of you know that I also write songs. For a while, I've been wanting to share songs here, but I wasn't sure if this was the right space for it (would readers of my poems really feel like listening to songs?).

I decided that I was over-thinking this, and that I would just go for it. This week, I've had several conversations with other writers and artists about giving ourselves permission to experiment and to explore; it reminded me to loosen up and be decisive about what I make. So I'm pleased to offer my song, "Saturn," to your ears. Click anywhere in this sentence to listen to "Saturn" on my SoundCloud (click the orange, circular "Play" button).

It's not a new song--I wrote it six or seven months ago. But it is indeed a new recording and arrangement; I'd been wanting to redo it for a while, now that I feel a bit more comfortable with GarageBand (I seriously cannot say enough good things about this recording program). I added several layers in re-recording this song (including some hand drum--aka me smacking my guitar).

Hope you like it, and that your weekend is lovely.


  1. I didn't like it, I LOVED it! Your voice is so pretty and evocative. And the song is great! I love the storytelling.

    You've renewed my interest in experimenting, too, with your comments earlier this week.


  2. How lovely is your voice! I love the songs and what I really like are the histograms that make the visual rhythm of the sound. Thataway is obviously the best “looking” poem and it is a great poem too. I think I am going to have to do some work on this.

    Today on BBC radio 4 Woman’s Hour which celebrated woman of the world in celebration of International Woman’s day today. There was poem read out written and performed by Hollie McNish called WOW, see if you can listen to it on BBC iPlayer here I think you will really like it.

  3. Hannah, you're a rock star! Your voice is beautiful. I like the way you layered the tracks. Your own voice in duet with yourself is really pretty.

  4. I love this version, Hannah! It sounds great...the hand drum you added to the chorus is awesome! love that you're sharing your amazing songs here:)

  5. This absolutely the right place to post songs - especially songs like that!

  6. I did not know you wrote and performed songs until now. I'm so pleased you shared this one here. You have so much talent, Hannah. Your voice has a lovely timbre.

  7. This is so lovely! Very exciting to hear your voice, singing! (I've heard it reading.) What fun.

  8. Absolutely beautiful. I love it! You are a very talented person. It is a pleasure to listen to your voice (and read your poems).


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