stir

for flute, violin, and interactive computer

Stir (2007) is art song for tenor voice, bass trombone, and piano and was commissioned by bass trombonist Louis Bremer.

stir

words and music by Ben Johansen

 

dis-com-fort

is

s–l–o–w–l–y

crushing

me

 

cooped up

cramped in

strapped down

hoPED OUT!!!

 

passion is bursting wrathfully

my body is twisting restlessly everything’s frustrating my anxiety

however

however

I am clenching, binding this biography

 

I fear perpetual longing

I crave then for now

yes I am here waiting

but patience is GONE!

 

BLOWUP!

WITHIN!!

BREAKDOWN!!!

WITHOUT!!!!

 

but I exist here tightly bound

anchored to this shameful ground

on it I beg and grovel

wanting my

novel: . . .