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Nothing is Something

by .Sue Ann Harkey.

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Sue Ann Harkey - piano Robert Hinrix - bass, drums Elliot Sharp - 3 strings
But Here 03:41
Sue Ann Harkey - piano, vocals, violin, cymbals Robert Hinrix - bass, drums --------------------------------- But Here Past the smells of my youth To the view of my present future I couldn't have gone earlier Not before the articulation The delineation of the form of the form The extremity, sorted them out The filter is straining It's exhausted now Progress is unappreciated One of everything, just one It's time, it's time to go now Now when and where direction, decision When to articulate the articulation Where our self-indulgance may be seen as discipline Control, take control Since we learned the process of our product In our infancy, not in the midst Of the spectacle capitol of the world But here, but there, but here, but there When and where all the ones who knew That they had to leave as well The other ones who left Because of their extremity They gathered n the extremity In the converse In the exchange of the extreme --------------------------------- (This track, 'But Here' was written while I was preparing to move to New York City from Seattle in 1983. Audio Letter had been performing in Seattle for a few years by then. Back when it was a grey and sleeping port town which all the bands avoided on their west cost tours. The original Skid-Row. And we lived literally right on top of it. Our tour of New York in 1982 convinced us that that was the place to be. So I secured an apartment in the East Village to go to and rounded the tribe up for the big move. But before I left I recorded many of these tracks and finished them off in the co-op on E. 7th Street featuring access to Elliot Sharp's ragged old piano.)
Sue Ann Harkey - acoustic guitar, vocals Robert Hinrix - piano Elliot Sharp - clarinet --------------------------------- Looking up the Avenues Looking up the avenues See how it accumulates From a distance, elongated Faintly there they are They disappear as you enter them Why is it used as an excuse for everything? Apathy, pride, extravagance, obsession, neglect There's too much coincidence For just mere chance One canyonous perspective People are all you have in the city --------------------------------- (This track was written after I arrived in New York City in 1983. For everyone who has ever arrived in New York, no matter which epoch, finds The City both profane and profound. At that time half of the East Village were vacant lots and the other half were burnt out buildings. Struggle was the occupation of us all, just to survive Koch, Aids and Crack.)
Duet 03:13
Sue Ann Harkey - acoustic guitar Robert Hinrix - piano
The Homeless 05:35
Sue Ann Harkey - bass, vocals Robert Hinrix - piano Bob Jenkins - guitar --------------------------------- The Homeless (An except from a piece by Art & Language.) ---------------------------------
Sue Ann Harkey - piano, vocals Robert Hinrix - bass, guitar --------------------------------- Nothing is Something Nothing is something Something is nothing Limited in motion and perception To forward and backwards Surface of the sphere The universe in not expanding into anything? Nothing is something Something is nothing But what about entropy? The edge, the skin, the surface, The here and there, and in and out The one, two, and three, and maybe five and six Segregated in terms of time 3°, 3°, 3°, microwave radio frequency 3°, 3°, 3°, Expanding in what, in what expanding in? Nothing is something Something is nothing --------------------------------- (This track is about Time and Space. That and Evolution, Entropy, Politics and Love were our main subject matters in our poems and essays.)
Sue Ann Harkey - piano, drums Robert Hinrix - bass Elliot Sharp - clarinet
Sue Ann Harkey - bass, vocals, percussion, violin Bob Jenkins - guitar Paul Hoskin - bass clarinet --------------------------------- Little Niches All these little niches of pride In the face of the cliff Justified homicide, genocide It's not a class war it never has been Because the classes are fighting themselves Confined in the facade of power they exemplify They are the threat they are controlled by Revolutions are suppressed by former revolutionaries Stop the sanctification of any attitude The means and the study of making ones own space Expansion simultaneously Evolution = Entropy We'll turn two people into one And not be afraid of either one Not afraid of either one. ---------------------------------
Sue Ann Harkey - bass, vocals Bob Jenkins - guitar Jeff McGrath - drums --------------------------------- We can only Perceive our own Perceptions We can only perceive our own perceptions Conclusions to what we see as the truth Convictions to what we had already conceived We take for granted our being alive We have to sense the senses The wills will willingly suffocate Realm of reality resistance to rage Mass reality which excludes most of reality We have exiled our sense (A delusion is real, the illusion within the delusion is real, only as an illusion, but the illusion within the delusion is real to the deluder.) We can only comprehend the limited realities we exist it Rather then the existing realities To be real you have to work within the ordained formalities They are victims of their own lust Habitual efficiency, habitual inefficiency Repetitive reactionaries Of course its imagination What else could it be Intent, resent, involve, dissolve, Consent, contempt, content, contain, remain, refrain When and where does reality begin and end? It is obvious that society is made up to make the individual adapt to it Rather then society adapting to the individuals ---------------------------------
Raga Rif-Raf 05:30
Sue Ann Harkey - acoustic guitar, 25¢ sitar Robert Hinrix - guitar Jeff McGrath - tablas
Hermione 03:51
Sue Ann Harkey - piano, vocals Robert Hinrix - guitar Fred Chalenor - bass --------------------------------- Hermione Hermione stands with her face and hands pressed against one of the big panes of glass out on the closed porch. She is humming, whimpering a little between the lines of music. Will I ever get out? Will I ever get out?. She places her body as close as she can to the rigid perimeter of her confinement. The world is barren on both sides; Hermione wished to prove this for herself. It might just be a picture, put there to trick me. as long as there is more then one side to this world.... The interface of pink cheek and icy glass. Her two fists balled up in her hair. That there's a dream rising, like the red fluid in a thermometer is almost plain, is certainly to be suspected. Look how it troubles Hermione's eyelids. See how her lips move, soundlessly? Who can believe that she is simply thinking things over? Elda's in the service room thinking. Valdimir's thinking at his desk. Hermione is being thoughts -- a confusion of words. A mix-up. But is she dreaming? The images are straight out of her life. Hermione moves away from the glass. The strange music dims. She turns around, moving her mouth as though chewing. Elda approaches with the medicine tray... --------------------------------- (This is an excerpt from a short novel titled Hermione written by Jesse Bernstein in Seattle. It was originally published in 1982 by Patio Table Press an imprint of Cityzens for Non-Linear Futures.)


Musicians on the album:
Sue Ann Harkey - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Violin
Robert Hinrix - Guitar
Bob Jenkins - Guitar
Paul Hoskin - Bass-Clarinet
Jeff McGrath - Tablas, Drums
Fred Chalenor - Bass
Elliot Sharp - Clarinet, 3-String

Recorded at Task-Scam Studios in 1983, New York and Seattle.
Released as a cassette album on Cityzens for Non-Linear Futures

Produced and Engineered by Sue Ann Harkey


released May 5, 1983


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