Bushwick Book Club presents Emily Dickinson

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Recorded live, February 25th, 2015 at Barbes in Brooklyn.
Flyer by Oriana Cosentino. ocosentino.com
Photos by Brian Geltner, www.briangeltner.com

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released 03 March 2015

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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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Track Name: Susan Hwang - The Wind Begun To Rock The Grass
The Wind begun to rock the Grass
With threatening Tunes and low --
He threw a Menace at the Earth --
A Menace at the Sky.

The Leaves unhooked themselves from Trees --
And started all abroad
The Dust did scoop itself like Hands
And threw away the Road.

The Wagons quickened on the Streets
The Thunder hurried slow --
The Lightning showed a Yellow Beak
And then a livid Claw.

The Birds put up the Bars to Nests --
The Cattle fled to Barns --
There came one drop of Giant Rain
And then as if the Hands

That held the Dams had parted hold
The Waters Wrecked the Sky,
But overlooked my Father's House --
Just quartering a Tree --

-- Emily Dicksinon
Track Name: Susan Hwang - Frequently The Woods Are Pink
FREQUENTLY the woods are pink,
Frequently are brown;
Frequently the hills undress
Behind my native town.

Oft a head is crested 5
I was wont to see,
And as oft a cranny
Where it used to be.

And the earth, they tell me,
On its axis turned,— 10
Wonderful rotation
By but twelve performed!

by Emily Dickinson
Track Name: Thomas Wolfe - Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant
Tell all the truth but tell it slant
A grade to high degree
Words and wounds have consonants
Angels on loud wings

Wash away the scars of lust
Worked hard to make them stick
Silent bombs inside of us
Can you hear them tick?

Cut along a dotted line
Deconstruct to redesign
Afflicted by a cure so kind to me

Or every man be blind
The truth’s superb surprise
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind

Plant the seeds of discontent
In pain I feel alive
The waning harvest moon is spent
Too bright for our infirm delight