Rosalind - Where's The Buzzing?

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When I was 7 I fell on a bees nest. It is one of my earliest and most traumatizing memories, and thus since then I've had a fear of bees. So, unlike normal people with "showing up naked" nightmares, I have always had nightmares about being attacked by bees. It always starts slowly, and then I'm surrounded, and then I wake up in a cold sweat throwing my covers around convinced that bees have gotten into the bed. So, that was the first thing in my head when I read the prompt, and then the piece kind of took on a life of its own and decided it wanted to be beat poetry, with a melody line. It also uses more tritones in one piece than I think I've ever written in my life, but, hey, if I'm going to write about something as devilish as bees, I may as well use the devil's chord.


Where's the buzzing?

In my ear, turn to look, but nothing's there
Maybe I misheard, no
There it is again, where's the buzzing?

Are they hiding?
In the sheets, in the cracks, I can hear it
I can't see it, but I can hear it

Where's the buzzing?

Shut my eyes, waiting
Try to sleep, waiting
Breathe in, breathe out
Buzzing in my ear, swat it

Where's the buzzing?
Just try to play, try to live, try to sleep
Not tonight, no sleep tonight
Instead I'm waiting, watching, listening for the buzzing

Nothing's safe, nowhere to go, nowhere to hide
No escape, no escape
Not even when I'm awake

I can't hide from my monster, my monster's real
And it's buzzing.


from SpinTunes #4: Round 1, released January 31, 2012




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