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Praise Song Sitting in a Room

January 29, 2009

In response to a call-out on WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, I submitted my version of Elizabeth Alexander’s ill-advised reading of her poem Praise Song for the Day.

There are so many cool versions of this poem there – my favorites are Fatty Jubbo’s manic reading where he channels Elizabeth Claire Prophet, the one by Jonathan Wall where he simply alphabetizes every word in the poem and People Like Us’ language removal version.

Mine was more or less a piss-take where I turned it into an avant-garde inside joke (with apology to Alvin Lucier).

Here it is extracted from the show:


Download just my track.

But I was pleased as punch (whatever the hell that means) to have it make it to Kenny G’s show where he played them all (I think). You can read and listen about it here.

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