Poetica

Poetica Album Playlist

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“Thanksgiving” and Poetica album playlist

MPress Records has just released “Thanksgiving”, the first track/video by Poetica, a spoken-word concept album conceived, produced and engineered by 6-time Independent Music Award winner Rachael Sage. The video premiered in Guitar Girl (US) and Noctis Magazine (UK). Poetica is an adventurous fusion of poetry with jazz, classical and Americana musical elements in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Laurie Anderson. It aims to create a connection and shared experience via the unifying power of words. Adventurous yet familiar in its intimacy, Sage’s voice is perfectly at home in the absence of typical song structure.

The full album out 10/22 is now available for airplay and follow “Thanksgiving” on this playlist.

  • Artist: Poetica
  • Playlist: Thanksgiving
  • Album: Poetica
  • Label: M Press
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
  • Formats: Americana, AAA, Noncomm, Folk, Jazz
  • More details are online here.

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    Jewish Holiday Music Playlist

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    Music for Jewish Holidays

    Great songs from the new album Poetica to consider for any specialty airplay around the Jewish High Holidays. Rachael Sage, a descendent of the Baal Shem Tov, provides comments below on the relevance of these chosen songs.

    • Artist: Poetica
    • Playlist: Music for Jewish Holidays
    • Album: Poetica
    • Label: M Press
    • Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
    • Formats: Americana, AAA, Noncomm, Folk, Jazz
    • More details are online here.

    Jewish High Holidays 2021

    • Rosh Hashanah: Sep 6-8
    • Yom Kippur: Sep 15-16
    • Sukkot: Sep 20-27
    • Simchat Torah: Sep 27-29

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      LAMENTATION

      We – Dave Eggar and I – picked this poem, because it had a mournful, funereal quality to it and it felt in a way, like a kind of kaddish (prayer for the dead)…As we learned of thousands and eventually hundreds of thousands of people all over the world lost to the pandemic, the emotional weight became so inconceivable that many simply became numb, watching the news. But eventually, nearly everyone was touched directly and had lost a loved-one, including myself. So in arranging this piece we tried to honor the memories of loved-ones who passed over the last year and a half, instilling into the track the compound loss of so many who were unable to go comfort those who were sick or to have traditional memorials, whether at synagogues or other places of worship.

      DAYS OF AWE

      This particular piece is kind of my version of Patti Smith-meets-Joan Jett. The title of the poem is taken from the English translation of how the Jewish High Holiday period is described, and is a metaphor that relates atonement to behaving rashly and selfishly within a romantic relationship. In Judaism – and most religions – of course there is a time, a season, for virtually every ritual and myriad laws for how to treat loved-ones with kindness and compassion. The poem describes someone being accountable and remorseful for their misguided actions, while highlighting their own lack of faith in ‘karma’. The duality of pain revealing truth and misdeeds garnering perspective are prominent Jewish themes, especially during Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah when we seek a clean slate after repenting. Cynical lines like “I’ve seen too many mensches suffer / while the shlemiels won the prize” give way to self-awareness, and the kind of mindfulness for which one strives during “Days Of Awe”. 
      In many ways this poem seemed to reflect the unprecedented times we are in, where at every turn we are faced with opportunities to either uplift or alienate one another…to connect or divide. The electric guitar on this track feels raw and even a bit aggressive, but the strings add more of a thoughtful polish to the devolving chaos, which seemed to work well with the duality contained in the language.

      ENGAGEMENT

      I was very fortunate to be able to recruit renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer to perform on this track! He is so soulful and absolutely steeped in Old World Jewish music that from the first note he plays, it’s impossible not to feel a certain sacred, Eastern European soulful quality in his performance. It felt like a very appropriate choice of instrumentation because the piece chronicles a broken bond, and the tragic, intractable lover whose ‘engagement’ has been severed, and whose unbridled passion continues to burn, however unrequited.

      PULPIT

      This poem was written several years ago but it felt especially relevant this past year, which of course, is the incredible thing about poetry and how it can be reinterpreted. The piece describes the challenges of channeling one’s awareness of world events and human suffering into something as seemingly trivial as a ‘gig’, let alone a gig on Shabbat. The show becomes a kind of temple, the stage a pulpit, and the audience a congregation. Music becomes the source of light and hope for those who’ve made the effort to gather together and to receive comfort through catharsis, and for the subject of the poem, there is no choice but to be grateful for community, and for the opportunity to instill hope through artistry.

      A FATHER’S NACHUS

      A Father’s Nachus is a tribute to that timeless Jewish term describing the pride one loved-one feels in the accomplishments or qualities of another. Typically, parents feel ‘nachus’ for their children and in this piece a child flips that paradigm, describing the pride and “rachmanus” (joyful compassion) they feel for their beloved father, who though frequently away, nonetheless manages to be an exceptionally loving and emotionally present parent and mentor. By the end of the piece it is clear that both father and child share equal amounts of ‘nachus’ for each other, and that the elder generation has blessed the younger with with deep seated values, with learning, and most importantly, with unconditional love and acceptance.

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      Thanksgiving video

      • Artist: Poetica
      • Track: Thanksgiving
      • Release: Poetica
      • Label: M Press
      • Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
      • Formats: Americana, AAA, Noncomm, Folk, Jazz
      • More details online here.

      With its proud horn lines and retro string hooks, the debut track “Thanksgiving” from the self-titled album POETICA is a psychedelic spoken-word ode to individuality in all its complex glory. Directed and animated by NLX, the video evokes the beatnik era with clever typewriter-inspired imagery, a decidedly committed (red/black/white) color-scheme, and a visual flow that perfectly reflects the stream-of-consciousness vocals. Percolating percussion and sparse bass lines support playful wah guitar riffs in this sensual, empowered music-poetry feast for the eyes, ears and mind.

      Video Directed & Animated by NLX

      “Thanksgiving” Song Credits:

      • Rachael Sage: vocals, percussion
      • Dave Eggar: cello
      • Kelly Halloran: violin
      • Mike Visceglia: electric bass
      • Walter Parks: wah electric guitar
      • Russ Johnson: trumpet
      • Doug Yowell: drums

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      Poetica press release

      Poetica Releases New Video for “Thanksgiving”

      the First Track Ahead of Forthcoming Album Self-Titled Poetica Album Out October 22nd

      “mesmerizing…thoughtful, pensive and flush with an emotional flourish, all carefully and adeptly executed…simply superb” – Goldmine

      “I absolutely love the Poetica pieces!!! Very moving. Such magical musical backdrops throughout…it is mesmerising!” – Howard Jones

      MPress Records has just released “Thanksgiving”, the first track/video by Poetica, a spoken-word concept album conceived, produced and engineered by 6-time Independent Music Award winner Rachael Sage. The video premiered in Guitar Girl (US) and Noctis
      Magazine
      (UK). Poetica is an adventurous fusion of poetry with jazz, classical and Americana musical elements in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Laurie Anderson. It aims to create a connection and shared experience via the unifying power of words. Adventurous yet familiar in its intimacy, Sage’s voice is perfectly at home in the absence of typical song structure.

      With its proud horn lines and retro string hooks, the debut track “Thanksgiving” is a psychedelic spoken-word ode to individuality in all its complex glory. Directed and animated by NLX, the video evokes the beatnik era with clever typewriter-inspired imagery, a decidedly committed (red/black/white) color-scheme, and a visual flow that perfectly reflects the stream-of-consciousness vocals. Percolating percussion and sparse bass lines support playful wah guitar riffs in this sensual, empowered music-poetry feast for the eyes, ears and mind.

      Beginning as a duo collaboration under lockdown between Sage and her longtime cellist Dave Eggar (Esperanza Spalding, Duncan Sheik, Corinne Bailey Rae), Poetica soon evolved into a full-blown, cinematic spoken word album, with Sage producing and engineering the project in isolation with limited gear she happened to have with her while on tour while sending files back and forth to bandmates and guest musicians from every genre. From over 200 poems written both during and prior to lockdown, Eggar – whose parents are both poetry professors – volunteered to help Sage select the 18 spoken-word pieces that eventually comprised the album.

      “Writing song lyrics is very different for me than writing poems,” says Rachael Sage. “Poems come from a much more subconscious, mysterious place that I would almost describe as a kind of soul-searching. It’s a very spiritual process for me and I usually learn something after the fact, once each poem is written. I’ve been really enjoying the absence of any kind of song structure while creating these arrangements, and I also greatly credit Dave Eggar for supporting this vision, and my writing, unequivocally.”

      In addition to three-time Grammy® nominee Dave Eggar, contributors to Poetica include renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Spooky Ghost guitarist (and longtime David Bowie bandmate) Gerry Leonard, jazz trumpet player Russ Johnson, drummer Quinn(Janelle Monáe) and UK-based blues harmonica player Will Wilde. Frequent musical partners Kelly Halloran (Michael Franti), Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega), Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright), and James Mastro (Patti Smith) contributed violin, drums, and electric guitar, respectively.

      Tour Dates:

      • 8/31 – New York, NY – City Winery (Rachael Sage & The Sequins)
      • 9/10 – New Haven, CT – East Rock Concert Series @ Never Ending Books (Poetica)
      • 9/12 – Somerville, MA – The Burren (Poetica)
      • 9/30 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (Poetica album release show)
      • 10/14 – Chicago, IL – Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Poetica)
      • 10/25 – Knoxville, TN – WDVX Blue Plate Special (Poetica)
      • 10/29 – Duluth, GA – Red Clay Music Foundry (Poetica)

      About Poetica

      Poetica is a creatively ambitious musical spoken word project distilling a poetic spirit through text, voice and music in the spirit of Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson. What began as a remote duo collaboration between Rachael Sage and Dave Eggar eventually evolved into a full-blown spoken word concept album, with musicians contributing from around the globe on arrangements fusing elements of jazz, classical and Appalachian folk. Musical contributors include renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Spooky Ghost guitarist (and longtime David Bowie bandmate) Gerry Leonard, jazz trumpet player Russ Johnson, and drummer Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega). For more information, visit poeticaproject.com.