Art Exchange 2012: The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library writes a song inspired by Kristilyn’s (Zombie Romance) “The Procession” – Kristilyn creates a piece inspired by “Stranger”

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library has collaborated with five amazing visual artists to write five new songs based on their works while they created five new works based on our songs. Visit our project summary page for more information. Each day this week, we will release a video showing our creative process in writing the song inspired by each work, leading up to a showing of the works and live performance of the songs at:

Out of the Blue Gallery on September 14th.
106 Prospect Street, Cambridge MA
Facebook Event
http://www.facebook.com/outofthebluegallery
We will be giving out 50 CDs of the songs associated with this project out for free at this show.

Our second artist collaborator is Kristilyn (Zombie Romance). We first saw Kristilyn live drawing at shows around town and loved her work. We were very happy that she agreed to be part of this project!

After reading this, you should definitely also check out this whole thing from Kristilyn’s point of view!

“The Procession” by  Kristilyn (Zombie Romance)

The Procession” by Kristilyn
Kristilyn provided us with “The Procession” to inspire our song. We were really excited to tell the story of the war preceding the events depicted, and the repercussions after. The song is divided into three sections, with verses from the depicted centaur’s perspective, transitional choruses of the centaur leading the fawns, and a final section from the defeated’s point of view.

As you may see below, the librarians got a little carried away with the idea that the procession in question was a celebration of the destruction of the males of the species, so there’s much talk about that in the process video. I suspect that the piece was not created with this idea in mind and it was toned down quite a lot in the construction of the lyrics, which were mostly written by Sophia Cacciola.

Here’s a video telling the story of how we created the song.


Lyrics (bold is the centaur, underlined are the fawns, and italics is the nemesis):

You knew all along it would come down to this
Still you let your thoughts sink down into the mist
The dirt holds your bones, the wind holds your breath
Your words I remember, but your face I forget

You knew all along it would come down to this
pushing through the night with my heart in a fist
at the edge of the Earth, but it won’t free your debt
for the further you are now the closer I get

We will follow
Go, I will go, I will go

We will follow

At the edge of the Earth, now you’re full of regret
the further you go now the more you’re in debt
the dirt holds my bones, the wind holds my breath
My words may be gone, but my face you won’t forget

We knew all along it would end up like this
My feet have a purpose, but my heart’s left to drift
for the further we go now the less we regret
Your voice I remember, but your words I forget

We will follow
Go, I will go, I will go
We will follow 

At the edge of the Earth, now you’re full of regret
the further you go now the more you’re in debt
the dirt holds my bones, the wind holds my breath
My words may be gone, but my face you won’t forget

At the edge of the Earth, now you’re full of regret
the further you go now the closer I get
the dirt holds my bones, the wind holds my breath
My voice may be gone, but my face you won’t forget

“Stranger” by Kristilyn

For the other half of this project, we were thrilled to have Kristilyn choose “Stranger.” Check out this amazing (!!!) time-lapse video of the process!


 Lucy the cat (a collaborator on “Stranger“) tells her side.


About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is an illustrator, crafty crafter and occasional animator whose work can be found in galleries along the East Coast. When she isn’t conjuring up her next adorably macabre image, she can be found around New England at a convention or craft show or in a Boston club drawing the most talented local bands as they perform. She has newly discovered the wonders of the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, but is no less a fan and is very proud and excited to be working with such musical talents in this uniquely symbiotic project.

portfolio site: www.kristilynink.com
blog: www.kristilyn.com
store: www.zombie-romance.com
twitter: @zombieromance
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zombie.romance.kristilyn

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