ICS 05 2019 (Jebiga)

by Amy Denio / Spoot Music

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These are love songs inspired by my friends and experiences in the Balkans. The songs wrote themselves. I was the vehicle/vessel.

I offer this music to the world with a prayer:
May we improvise with strangers,
May we keep learning.
May we act (create) and not react.
May peace prevail.

Kultur Shock returned to the Balkans in April, 2019, and I'm still reverberating from the experience.

We played 19 concerts from Poland to Greece.
On concert days we loaded our ton of amplifiers, instruments and baggage into the venues, sound checked, sampled local specialties then played delirious concerts. Then we'd hang out with friends old and new. When it was time, we'd pack up and load out our ton of shit back up the stairs, sink into sleep, resume our positions in our 9 places in the van the next morning to see what would happen next.

We had many powerful encounters and experiences this time. My heart seems to explode in those lands. Since my first visit to the Balkans in 1990, I've felt a magnetic draw that words can not describe. Fiery-hearted people (and maybe some dragons) shape shift in this magic and surreal land.

These 4 songs sprang to life in the last 17 days. My brother Paul 'Cheoketen' Wagner (Saanich Tribe, Turtle Island) says 'Songs are hunters. Each song searches for the right person to bring it to life.' That best describes the experience of creating these songs. They've literally held me captive for the last 17 days.

The song titles provide the chord changes for each song. A few years ago I created a code in which every letter of the alphabet corresponds with a tone.These 4 songs are based based on the resultant musicality of the titles. My task was to make sense of the decoded cipher.

Caveat: This is my first attempt to write lyrics in Serbo-Croatian, enjoy the errors! So hilarious, if I translated my English text into Serbo-Croatian line by line, the translation was one way. But when I translated the entire text body, the language changed all over the place.
Poetry vs. prose...Jebiga!
Thus the title.

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released May 24, 2019

All songs composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio:
Voices, acoustic guitar, electric bass, accordion, brač (tamburica), alto saxes, frame drum, and mystery drum loops from Sarajevo that Gino Jevdjevic shared with me.

Recorded and mixed at Spoot Studios, Seattle 05-22 May, 2019.
Mastered by Steve Turnidge, Ultraviolet Studios.
c 2019 Spoot Music, ASCAP

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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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Track Name: Pozdravo Kolo
Chicken’s heaven could be a nice place
But there’s a white wolf there, said the puma
Get on my back and hold on tight
Dream some colorful wonders you crazy fire

Različite duše su pale na Zemlju. Neki su postali zmajevi, neki su postali ljubitelji zmajeva. Njihova deca su bila mistična stvorenja. A sada moje čarobno dete puma zmaja čini svjt snjajim njegovim čudima.

(Various souls fell to Earth. Some became dragons, some became the lovers of dragons. Their children were mystical creatures. And now my magical puma dragon child makes the world shine with his wonders)

It’s brilliant, marvelous, gorgeous, even in the dream
It’s brilliant, marvelous, gorgeous, lighting up our being
Track Name: Novi Sad
Arrived by train in Novi Sad
Our host Djordje put us on a bus
He rode behind us on his bicycle
He waved us off for the stop to the Yellow House

Novi Sad, so beautiful
Falling asleep to the strums of the tamburica orkestar
Silver tones floating up to the moon
On the Duna

Tito died, war was born
Djordje fled to Amsterdam
To drown his pain, he changed his course
Traded his bicycle for the white horse

Darkened minds, blackened skies
Will we ever above this rise?
Hate is a habit hard to break
When all is done for god's sake
Track Name: Petoljubac
Samo jedna ljubav čini dva ljubavnika.
Ali dva plus tri ljubavi čine petoljubac
(Only one love makes two lovers. But two plus three loves make 5 kisses/a pet.)
Track Name: Sretan Ruže Dan
Ruža zna
Ruža zna zašto

Suptilne niti koje sudbina plete
Prilagodite njihovu snagu iza naših leđa
Ispravljanje naših posrtanja
Dok se ne zna nepoznato

Klatno koje visi preko peska
Stvara spirograf kada se kreće rukom čoveka
Ali haos zemljotresa će stvoriti savršenu ružu

(ENGLISH)
The rose knows
The rose knows why

The subtle threads that destiny weaves
Flex their strength behind our backs
Righting our stumbling ways
Until unknown becomes known

A pendulum dangling over a bed of sand
Makes spirographs when moved by the hand of man
But the chaos of an earthquake will create a perfect rose