A track from my new album!

Saying the Names by Faye Hall

Saying the Names by Faye Hall

I am delighted to say that we are well on with the project of recording my new record Songs and Sonnets, produced by Roy Salmond and Steve Bell. As a taster I thought I would share with you one of the poems on the record; Saying the Names. It was the poem which inspired the Faye Hall Painting that adorns the cover of the record. I had written the poem out by hand for her and she in turn incorporated these hand written lines from the poem throughout her painting, which I hope you can see in the image above. We are nearly, but not quite ‘there’ in our attempts to raise the funds to make this album’s production and release possible and if you would like to go over to the Gofundme Page‘, take a look at the video which tells you more and decide whether you would like to support it, that would be great. The record has both spoken word and song, and some of the poems also have a gentle musical or soundscape commentary as you will hear when you listen to this one. I hope you enjoy it. You can listen to the poem on Roy’s Soundcloud Page by clicking on the title, or from my files by clicking on the ‘play’ button. I have also given you all the words of the poem on this page. It was first published in my Canterbury Press book The Singing Bowl

 

Saying the Names

Dawn over Amble, and along the coast

light on the tide flows to Northumberland,

silvers the scales of herring freshly caught

and glowing in their boxes on the dock,

shivers the rainbow sheen on drops of diesel,

and lights, at last, the North Sea fishing fleet.

Tucked into harbour here, their buoyant lines

lift to the light on plated prows their names,

the ancient names picked out in this year’s paint:

Providence, Bold Venture, Star Divine

are first along the quay-side. Fruitful Bough

has stemmed the tides to bring her harvest in,

Orcadian Mist and Sacred Heart, Aspire,

their names are numinous, a found poem.

Those Bible-burnished phrases live and lift

into the brightening tide of morning light

and beg to be recited, chanted out,

for names are incantations, mysteries

made manifest like ships on the horizon.

Eastward their long line tapers towards dawn

and ends at last with Freedom, Radiant Morn.

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4 responses to “A track from my new album!

  1. Maralyn benay

    Beautifully written and recited. I love the sound effects bringing your words even more to life for me. Thank you. I am awaiting your album.

  2. Powerful…tender…and alert.

  3. akismet-63a0416666328719f03290d91a37f1eb

    I’ve made a donation on the site and eagerly await the unveiling of your cd. I’m hoping that I will get a hard copy cd eventually. I couldn’t discern if that was part of the package and hoped you could enlighten me. Best wishes and blessings, Diana Hershey

    On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:53 PM, Malcolm Guite wrote:

    > malcolmguite posted: ” I am delighted to say that we are well on with the > project of recording my new record Songs and Sonnets, produced by Roy > Salmond and Steve Bell. As a taster I thought I would share with you one of > the poems on the record; Saying the Names. It was the ” >

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