Learning To Be Lost - Inspired by the art of Andrea Mckenna

from by Shayfer James

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about

Andrea McKenna: www.andreamckenna.com

"March of Crows" is an interdisciplinary collaborative project devised by singer-songwriter Shayfer James. The first "March Of Crows" is collaboration between Shayfer, 16 visual artists, 3 Poets, a director, a Choreographer a lighting designer, and videographer. All based out of Jersey City.

The process begins with visual art. Shayfer has written 16 songs using the work of local artists as prompt. The task was to not only communicate the art through words, but also by incorporating different styles and textures to capture the life of the work.

lyrics

I am satisfied
Sleeping peacefully
An iron ghost
With owl eyes
Closed

I am a plagiarized
Autobiography
Of wreckage
A shattered vessel
In sheep’s clothes

Be patient with me
I am learning to be lost
But don’t be gentle
Never gentle
Be mindful of me
I will sink at any cost
But don’t be gentle
Never be gentle

I have abandoned hope
To the fury of
A taciturn-coat
Mercenary maelstrom

It is not safe to float
And I will anchor
In the aftermath
Of no one

You can tell
By my
Panic-less face
I am accustomed to this

credits

from March of Crows: Jersey City, released April 6, 2016
Written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Shayfer James

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