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Music from Street Angel Diaries

Mary Lou Newmark Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Green Angel Music
  • ASIN: B00138YO6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the original production of Street Angel Diaries: Newmark's heartfelt central message frames the homeless as flesh and blood manifestations of a broken society, and an uncomfortable mirror that reminds us we are a lot closer to falling apart than we are willing to admit. Beyond stating these themes in one actor's direct address to the audience, their most powerful expression comes not from any text, but through Newmark's haunting score. Prowling an elevated walkway spanning the front and sides of the Boston Court Main Stage, Newmark strokes modernist musical sketches on her neon-lit electric violin picture Laurie Anderson on a good hair day, but aiming more at emotions than intellect. --Los Angeles Times

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As an architect of sound, I build sonic structures from street noise, poetry, instrumental motives, birds, clocks, electronic instruments, out of tune autoharps, pot lids and pans - virtually anything I can bring into my studio and play or record from my environment. I use effects processing to alter or emphasize certain qualities of the sound and then record it into my Pro Tools System. For me, technology must serve expression; otherwise it is just a cool toy. I begin anew with every composition, rarely using the same materials twice. Exploring the gray areas between words, their inherent musical quality, context, meaning and pure music gives me the opportunity to bring my poetry and music into a tight symbiotic relationship. I enjoy blurring the lines that divide the different arts without each losing their own respective integrity. Last year I had the opportunity to bring three years of work to fruition in a full theatrical production of my multimedia work about the homeless, Street Angel Diaries. I was plunged into the unknown world of professional theater, participating as creator, writer, collaborator and performer. I had a wonderful team of professionals helping me realize my vision, and I was involved in nearly all aspects of the production. It was the most intense creative experience of my life. The following essay is from the program notes of the production: Street Angel Diaries is not a play, nor is it a musical. It is New Music Theater, a Theater of the Soul. The words, music, visual art and dance/movement play equally important roles. Each separate element intertwines with and augments the power of the other elements - sometimes as support, sometimes as foreground, sometimes as independent, but simultaneous tracks. The aggregate produces a collage of life which illuminates for the audience: The Melody of personality The Rhythm of Space in the context of Time suspended, extended beyond the clock into a Polyphony of music, visual art, poetry and dance. Street Angel Diaries looks at homelessness from the perspective of the lives of homeless people themselves. The stories you are about to experience are first hand accounts from current or formerly homeless people. There is an epidemic of homelessness a homelessness of the spirit that seems pervasive in contemporary life. We have more ways to communicate than ever, yet disconnection and interrupted discourse is the norm. Maybe the homeless are a flesh and blood symbol of our society's sense of isolation, broken-ness. The disconnection we hide is made manifest in their existence. They are the parts of ourselves we can't face. We don't want to look at them because we might see ourselves we are not so different from them. We are a lot closer to falling apart than we are willing to admit. Creating this work has moved me in ways I never imagined, and I have met many beautiful souls in the process. Like the path of the people who wander the landscape, come with me take a journey of the heart. Street Angel Diaries was produced by Zebulon Projects and premiered on December 7, 2006 at the Boston Court Main Stage in Pasadena, California. The music of this CD is not a recreation of the show, but a suite of pieces from the production, as well as new works created from the soundscapes used during the performances.

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The set of compositions entitled Street Angel Diaries may be likened to a "wind that blows where it will" and the soundscapes used throughout the set of compositions may be described as "a sound from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind". These compositions are a reflection of the winds of change; for the underlying driving force behind these compositions is hope for a change in the hearts of those who listen to Mary Lou Newmark's set of compositions.

The spirit of these compositions comes upon listener and "overshadows" them, so that they might conceive of better world and be a part of a re-birth of this great country in which they live in. The "clouds" depicted within these compositions "overshadow" the listener. The voices contained within these compositional "clouds" are speaking to the listener with a clear and present message that directs the listener to exhibit fruits of the spirit which may be manifested in the practice of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A musical expression of homelessness in America February 18, 2008
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It's hard to find the right words to express the frightening ordeal of homelessness in America. Yet, in the "Street Angel Diaries" music, Mary Lou Newmark captures this disturbing reality. It is an exceptionally creative collection of music that challenges social indifference and awakens us to something about which we should all be concerned. The music is punctuated with a mantric repetition of the greatest frustration of homelessness: "I see no one and no one sees me."

Newmark uses poetic expressions, electronic sound effects, human voices, and natural sounds to depict the despair, pain, confusion, and frustration of the homeless people. The Street Angel Diaries is not meant to comfort us or support our complacency, but to spur us on to action.

This audio CD could be used in family, school, and/or group settings to teach or draw people's attention to the sad realities of homelessness in the most wealthy and powerful country in the world.
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