stella and the vampire ferret

Heck of a time this morning reworking the lyrics to Stella by Starlight for a memorial project related (in spirit and craft) to Soulographie. The victim was co-founder of the Hypatia society at her school; brings up engineering and astronomy, hence:

That great symphonic theme,

That’s Stella by starlight,

And not a dream,

My heart and I agree,

She’s everything on this earth to me.

How a loss outside of our frames can only be held in the elastic language of dreams, and yet remain real.

Additional readings from Mame Hunt (contributing to a list for the summer’s BIARI project here at Brown) –

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D.

Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body and Society ed. Bessel A. van der Kolk

Today (Friday) is our Tenderloin Opera meeting (weekly opera-making workshops with people who are homeless and homeless advocates). Cutting and scoring Yankee Doodle Martians – about a vampire ferret, Sideshow Bob and the miraculous rescue of baby Mella in an apocalyptically flooded Providence…

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