Phantom Limb

I’m so excited to share one of my first originals!

I’ve had my ukulele for about a month, and I’ve come to love it for its simplicity, its charm, and especially for the lyrical freedom it affords me. Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming deep in the realm of textless music, but as a mainly text-free classical violinist, putting words to music, no matter if they’re concrete, abstract, or somewhere in between, has been a refreshing experience. And because my technical proficiency on the uke is still in its early stages, writing lyrics in these last few weeks has offered itself as a new and invigorating form of expression for me.

I’m a notorious bookworm, I keep regular journals, and, as you can see from the homepage, haikus are a hobby of mine, and one of my biggest sources of inspiration is Joan Didion who so aptly, so vividly hammers at truths with intriguing but often aching exactitude. I can’t help but be struck with her words when considering the lyrics in this most recent song:

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ~Joan Didion, Why I Write

As I wrote this song, I was surprised by the words that appeared on the page, which just happened to settle themselves into the structure of what my ukulele proficiency (or lack thereof) allows. Maybe it was the dark global unrest of the past weeks, or perhaps the fissures in my own psyche are making way, but actually, to try to explain the meaning behind the lyrics of this song is probably beyond the point.

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, stay tuned. I promise all the recesses of my brain aren’t so dark!

Lead Kazoo

My clock always says I'm late, a worm is always in my ear, and my mom's always prayed for my contentedness: that's how I know I need to make music now! Please ingest, enjoy, and enlighten me with your thoughts.