Gabrielle Bryden listening to Oscar Peterson

August 9, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in australia, writing | 14 Comments
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This incredibly wonderful human type creature, a Gabrielle, lives just up the coast from me. She is a protector of strange chickens which remind me of French noblemen. They are indeed marvellous creations.

She worries about chicken hawks and I can well understand the difference between Oscar Peterson’s obvious lyricism and Monk’s right hand. I wrote a series of poems in which a mysterious man is always popping in and out of limos, his name was three card.

Both those gentleman understand that there is narrative in sound. A narrative in other than words

And now, Gabrielle, I am sitting here on a gorgeous blue winter morning. The air is so clear. Some woodland bird is practising his first mating call. Spring and the tiger meditation, not yet sprung,

(listening to Oscar Peterson’s Night Train, link goes to a cool review.)


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  1. You are too kind dear sir.The narrative of sound – if we only communicated with words we would be in big trouble. I know many children who cannot speak at all, but they sure can communicate. Enjoy this glorious blue winter morning – the winds have died down and all is still. The Gouldian finches are moving house today so more to worry about. I will have to write a story about them – lovely ‘endangered’ critters.

  2. A wonderful finesse with which you caress the meaning both into and out of the word and the sound, Paul. The washing machine and the dryer are spinning their circular arguments into the floor. The dog and the daughter and wife have all gone away. Human type creatures and chickens alike are a pleasure to meet.

  3. the narrative in sound outside of words is something i feel you are very conversant with, and a reason it is often difficult to put into words the feelings i (we) have about yr work. most of the time the comments read like poems themselves, see brad’s short piece above for enlightenment.

  4. Well, a bock bock bock and a harmonious Thelonious drop. Again, a nice collection of words, sounds and all things intangible Mr. Squires.

  5. When I hear the evening winds bending the newly sprung shoots on the jacarandas I am reminded of Oscar’s ability to swing at any tempo and I know there is narrative in sound. Enjoy your gorgeous blue winter morning.

  6. I believe that while you communicate beautifully with your words, you are also a master at exploring that ‘narrative in other than words’.

    There are always so many layers to explore in your words Paul … they twist, weave and bend in curious and enticing ways that are impossible to resist.

  7. I am so jealous. I know about the difference between Anne Sophie Mutter’s carefully choreographed swaying and Didier Lockwood’s exuberant playing! Can I help it that I have ten hamsters? Okay, the chickens are very fine chinoiserie, and hamsters are not so poetic, but I’m not asking for a sonnet or anything, but maybe just a couple of couplets in imabic pentameter?


  8. Narrative in sound — yes, I just came from playing the piano and I feel like I’ve been storytelling. And oh my goodness, I can’t stop giggling at “strange chickens which remind me of French noblemen!” ūüėÄ

  9. ‚Äústrange chickens which remind me of French noblemen!‚ÄĚ made me laugh, too. This is a wonderful piece. A well worded reminder of the beauty of a blue winter morning. Thank you for posting this.

  10. yes it is indeed something to understand the narrative in sound, not to mention the narrative not quite linear… excellent

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